The crowns, scepters, gowns, and flags displayed inside of the glass cases of the Treasury are the witnesses & participants of a few of the most important historical events in Europe. However, they are more than just that. These historical artefacts are the best guide in the world, showcasing how the decorum of power is created (also today), which is the focus of this tour.
At the beginning of the tour, I will offer you tests that will demonstrate which subconscious mindset about the image of ‘men of importance’ you have, so that our tour will be more than just a list of interesting facts about kings and heroes for you: it will become an enlightening adventure through our image of how those who rule the world and their own fate should look.
We won’t just take a close look at the symbols of the crown of the Austrian Empire and the crib of Napoleon’s son—we will also understand why Nicolas Sarkozy and Dmitry Medvedev during their presidencies ordered their shoes only from Masaltos, and how Burberry came to be the most counterfeited brand in the world.
The history of coats of arms, rules of decorum, and traditions will become clearer for you. You will find out where the two-headed eagle ‘flew’ from, why the colors of power haven’t changed for three thousand years now, and why those who bear a crown never leave the palace without headwear.
Historical regalia incorporates the values of the society. If the values are changeless, the regalia is where it belongs, for example, St Edward’s Crown sits on the head of Elizabeth II, while the ruby stars crown the Kremlin towers. If those values change, the regalia is sent to museums, such as the Imperial Treasury in Vienna, where they can tell us a lot about both their time and ours.