Queen’s Diamond Jubilee: A diamond exhibition to open at Buckingham Palace
The Queen’s extensive diamond collection is to be exhibited at Buckingham Palace in celebration of her Jubilee.
BY Alicia Waite |
26 April 2012
2012 is panning out to be the year of the diamond. Elizabeth Taylor’s stunning collection of the stones collects a record sum of £74million; Angelina Jolie has a huge one on her finger at last after a recent engagement to Brad Pitt; and, most importantly, our very own sovereign is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee.
In celebration of the latter, Buckingham Palace have today announced that a spectacular exhibition will be taking place displaying a number of The Queen’s diamonds. Showing the jewels themselves as well as pictures of how they have been worn by British monarchs over the last two centuries, the exhibition will include pieces that the Queen inherited from her royal ancestors as well as those she has acquired throughout her 60-year reign.
One of the highlights of the exhibition will be the Coronation necklace and earrings, the former of which is made from 25 graduated brilliant-cut diamonds, and was first worn by Queen Victoria upon her coronation before being passed down to Queens Alexandra, Mary, Elizabeth (the Queen Mother) and Elizabeth II.
They will be joined by a selection of brooches, the South Africa necklace given to Queen Elizabeth on her 21st birthday and a miniature crown worn by Queen Victoria for her official Diamond Jubilee portrait – the only other British monarch to have reigned for 60 years.
‘Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration’ will open its doors at Buckingham Palace on June 30 until July 8, and then again for a longer stint from July 30 until October 7.
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