Queen’s Diamond Diadem to go on show at Buckingham Palace

The Queen’s famous Diamond Diadem and jewels from the monarch’s collection are to go on show at royal residences to mark the Platinum Jubilee.

Set with 1,333 brilliant-cut diamonds, the priceless crown, made for George IV’s extravagant coronation in 1821, has been worn countless times by Elizabeth II during her reign and is probably the most well recognised of all her pieces of jewellery.

The Queen, who asked the Prince of Wales to open Parliament and read the Queen’s Speech for the first time on Tuesday, usually wears the diadem for her journey to and from the State Opening.

The crown will be on view with other historic jewellery in the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace during the Royal Collection’s summer opening from July 22 to October 2 as part of an exhibition exploring the Queen’s accession.

The Queen wearing the Diadem as she returns to Buckingham Palace after the State Opening of Parliament in 2010 (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

It features a narrow band of diamonds edged with pearls, surmounted by four crosses-pattee, the front cross set with a pale yellow brilliant diamond, and floral sprays of a rose, a thistle and shamrocks representing national emblems.

In 1952, just days after she acceded to the throne, the Queen wore the diadem for official portraits by Dorothy Wilding, which formed the basis for the monarch’s image on millions of postage stamps from 1953 to 1971.

One of Dorothy Wilding’s photographs of the Queen in 1952 (Royal Collection Trust/Queen Elizabeth II 2022/PA)

A selection of 24 of Wilding’s historic photographs from the sessions will be on display.

Visitors will also be able to examine other heirloomed pieces of jewellery worn by the Queen for her sittings with Wilding including the Delhi Durbar necklace.

The Delhi Durbar Necklace and Cullinan VII Pendant (Royal Collection Trust/Queen Elizabeth II 2022/PA)

Incorporating nine emeralds, the glittering necklace also features an 8.8 carat diamond pendant cut from the Cullinan diamond, the largest diamond ever found.

The Queen photographed by Wilding wearing the Delhi Durbar necklace (William Hustler and Georgina Hustler/Royal Collection Trust/PA)

It was made for the Queen’s grandmother Queen Mary for the 1911 Delhi Durbar staged in India to mark George V’s coronation.

At Windsor Castle, a series of the Queen’s emblem brooches will be presented including the poignant Flame-Lily Brooch, the emblem of Zimbabwe, which was pinned to the Queen’s mourning clothes after the death of her father George VI.

The Queen’s Flame-Lily brooch (Royal Collection Trust/Queen Elizabeth II 2022/PA)

The new Queen wore the piece when she set foot on British soil for the first time as monarch after flying back from Kenya where she was on an official tour.

Dressed in black and wearing the Flame Lily Brooch, the new Queen sets foot on British soil for the first time since her accession (PA)

The Queen often wears brooches that represent the emblems of Commonwealth countries while visiting or meeting their representatives.

Royal fans will also be able to see the Canadian Maple Leaf Brooch, worn by Princess Elizabeth on her first visit to Canada in 1951 and many times since, and the New Zealand Silver Fern Brooch, presented by the Women of Auckland on Christmas Day in 1953.

The Queen’s well known Maple Leaf Brooch will also be among the priceless items (Royal Collection Trust/Queen Elizabeth II 2022/PA)

Also there will be the Australian Wattle Brooch which was a gift on her first visit to Australia in 1954, and the Sri Lanka Brooch, given to the Queen during a state visit in 1981.

The Queen wearing the Maple Leaf Brooch and the colours of the Canadian Flag during a tour to Canada (John Stillwell/PA)

The Sri Lanka brooch was presented by the Mayor of Colombo and is set with pink, blue and yellow sapphires, garnets, rubies and aquamarine.

The Sri Lanka Brooch

The Windsor exhibition, from July 7 to September 26, will focus on the Queen’s Coronation and will include the Coronation Dress and Robe of Estate.

The Queen wearing the brooch to meet the President of Sri Lanka in 2015 (John Stillwell/PA)

At the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, a display, from July 3 to September 25, commemorating past jubilees will feature a collection of outfits worn by the Queen during her Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilee celebrations

A pale turquoise dress and coat embroidered with scattered silver flowers with a coordinating hat by the Queen’s senior dresser Angela Kelly will be exhibited for the first time.

Angela Kelly outfit worn by the Queen on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee in 2012 (Royal Collection Trust/Queen Elizabeth II 2022/PA)

The Queen wore the ensemble to a thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral and a Guildhall luncheon during the Diamond Jubilee festivities of June 2012.

The Queen waves to the crowds following the service of thanksgiving for her Diamond Jubilee (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Also there will be the ceremonial key to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, which is presented to the monarch at the start of Royal Week at the Palace each summer.


Douglas Mateo

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