To celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, jewelery from the Queen’s personal collection will be on display this summer at three royal residences. At Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, three exhibitions will be staged, each exploring a different historical occasion from Queen Elizabeth’s 70-year reign.
Read on to find out what clothes and jewelry are on display, and where, this summer.
The Diamond Diadem and the Dehli Dubar necklace will be at Buckingham Palace.
In the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, portraits of the Queen taken by photographer Dorothy Wilding shortly after her accession to the throne will be on display. These portraits will be accompanied by the jewels she wore during the sessions, including the famous Diamond Diadem.
As the Royal Collection Trust explains, “Wilding’s photographs were used as the basis for the Queen’s image on postage stamps from 1953 to 1971, as well as providing the official portrait of Her Majesty which was sent to all British Embassies around the world, making the Tiara instantly recognizable to millions around the world.”
The Diamond Diadem was created for King George IV in 1821, set with 1,333 brilliant cut diamonds. The tiara passed to Queen Victoria, Queen Alexandra, Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and then to Queen Elizabeth II herself. She wore the tiara at her coronation in 1952 and has since worn it on her journey to and from the annual openings of Parliament.
Also on display at Buckingham Palace this summer is the Queen’s Delhi Durbar necklace, made up of nine emeralds originally belonging to Queen Mary’s grandmother, and an 8.8-carat diamond-cut diamond pendant Cullinan.
The Queen inherited the Delhi Durbar necklace in 1953; it was originally made for Queen Mary’s appearance at the Delhi Durbar in 1911, marking the succession of the new Emperor and Empress of India.
Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Accession opens at Buckingham Palace on July 22 and ends October 2.
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Queen Elizabeth’s coronation gown and robe will be at Windsor Castle.
At Windsor Castle, the exhibition will focus on Elizabeth’s coronation. The dress and gown the Queen wore at her coronation will be on display.
Also at Windsor there will be brooches from the Queen’s personal collection, which include:
- The Canadian Maple Leaf Broochworn by Princess Elizabeth on her first visit to Canada in 1951
- The Flame-Lys Broochthe emblem of Zimbabwe, which was pinned on the Queen’s mourning clothes when she returned from Kenya to Britain following the death of her father in 1952
- The New Zealand silver fern broochpresented to the Queen by the women of Auckland on Christmas Day 1953
- The Australian Acacia Brooch (below), shown during Queen Elizabeth’s first visit to Australia in 1954
- The Sri Lankan broochpresented to the Queen during a state visit to Sri Lanka in 1981
Platinum Jubilee: Coronation of the Queen opens at Windsor Castle on July 7 and ends on September 26.
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Outfits from previous jubilees will be at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
In Edinburgh, at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the exhibition will focus on the Queen’s previous Jubilees and outfits worn by the Queen will be on display.
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee set designed by Angela Kelly will notably be exhibited for the first time.
According to the Royal Collection Trust, “alongside the ensembles worn by the Queen will be a selection of gifts presented at official engagements in Scotland, as well as a group of works relating to Her Majesty’s first official visit to Edinburgh in 1953”.
The Platinum Jubilee Exhibition at the Palace of Holyroodhouse will run from July 3 to September 25.
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