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Heirlooms of the Crown - Private and not a Public collection
Dave, I am far from being an expert, but perhaps the name "Heirloom of the crown" could be misleading. AFAIK Queen Victoria left in her will personally owned jewels labelled "Heirlooms of the crown" to be used by future UK queens, but this is a private collection. It's possible they have a status similar to the Spanish royal family's joyas de pasar or "the jewels that are passed on". Ownership wasn't bequeathed to the Crown, and they remain private and not part of the state owned public collection.
Notice that Heirloom of the Crown pieces have repeatedly been worn abroad, but the state owned Coronation Regalia items cannot be taken outside the country.
That's how i have understood the situation and I welcome any corrections.