Glittering jewels from The Queen’s collection will go on display this summer as part of the Platinum Jubilee displays at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Each display focusses on a different part of Her Majesty’s reign.
At Buckingham Palace, official portraits of The Queen taken just weeks after her accession by Dorothy Wildling will go display alongside the jewellery she is wearing for the sittings, including the Diamond Diadem.
The Diamond Diadem was created for the coronation of King George IV in 1821. It is set with 1,333 brilliant-cut diamonds and also has a band with two rows of pearls either side of a row with diamonds. The diamonds are set in the form of a rose, a thistle and two shamrocks.
Also on display at Buckingham Palace will be the magnificent Delhi Durbar necklace. This incorporates nine emeralds, which were orginally owned by Queen Mary’s grandmother, the Duchess of Cambridge. It also contains the 8,8 carat diamond cut from the Cullinan diamond.
At Windsor Castle, the Coronation Dress and Robe of Estate worn by The Queen will be displayed. Emblems representing the states of which she is monarch were incorporated in the design of the dress in gold and silver thread. The Queen often wears brooches that also consist of these emblems. The Canadian Maple-leaf Brooch, the Flame-Lily Brooch, the New Zealand Silver Fern Brooch and the Sri Lanka Booch will also go on display.
At the Palace of Holyroodhouse, visitors will be treated to several previous Jubilee outfits. The Diamond Jubilee outfit will be on display for the first time. Alongside the outfits will be a selection of gifts presented to The Queen during official engagements in Scotland.
Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Accession will be at the Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace from Friday, 22 July to Sunday, 2 October 2022.
Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Coronation will be at Windsor Castle from Thursday, 7 July to Monday, 26 September 2022.
The Platinum Jubilee display at the Palace of Holyroodhouse will be from 3 July to 25 September 2022.