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REVEALED: How the Royal Family hid the Crown Jewels from Hitler

WITH secret agents, smuggled nuclear materials and the disappearance of priceless gems, it sounds like the plot from a best-selling thriller.

But every word is true, according to a new book which reveals where the Crown Jewels were hidden during the Second World War.

For more than 75 years, mystery has surrounded where the gems, including the Imperial State Crown, were stashed to stop Hitler getting his hands on them in event of a German invasion.

Theories over the years have included the vaults of an insurance company in Canada, a secret tunnel at a prison in Devon and a cave in Wales.

Now a new book is set to tell the extraordinary story of how the vaults at the Tower of London were emptied in 1940 and their contents stored in the bowels of Windsor Castle.

Author Colin Brown made the fascinating discovery when he was researching how the swashbuckling Earl of Suffolk managed to smuggle to Britain the world’s largest stock of “heavy water” – vital for the development of nuclear energy.

The Earl commandeered a British tramp steamer in Bordeaux and managed to “rescue” 26 jerry cans with the help of two French scientists.

General Sir Maurice Taylor, senior military adviser to the Ministry of Supply, wrote to Lord Wigram, the King’s private secretary, at Windsor Castle on July 4, 1940, saying: “I have been racking my brains to think of the safest place in this country to save part of this stock.

“Since I am told it is the only stock in the world you will understand my anxiety on the score of its safety. The conclusion to which


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