Diamond and Emerald Narrative of Queen Elizabeth’s Accession to the Throne

Buckingham Palace opens its doors to visit a Diamond Jubilee Jewelery Show

Visiting Buckingham Palace in London is one of the constants on the list of any tourist visiting the British capital for the first time. Some may be content to take photos in front of the palace so that the photos are deposited in the phone memory, but for those who know the calendar of events in London, there is an opportunity to enter the majestic palace, to wander its sides, and inspect the rooms in which Queen Elizabeth and her family pass.

According to the annual custom (which was stopped for two years due to the pandemic), the palace opens its doors to visitors this summer; From today, July 22 (July), an exhibition of samples from a collection of Queen Elizabeth’s jewelery will be added to the pleasure of visiting the official rooms, along with the first photographs taken of her.

Dorothy Wilding’s photograph of the Queen wearing a diamond tiara as a gift from her grandmother, Queen Mary (Royal Collection)

The journey inside the palace begins from the ambassadors’ entrance, and through it we pass through a long corridor with a set of oil paintings on either side of the Queen, and soon we find ourselves in front of the main staircase that takes us to the official. rooms.

Passing through the formal rooms is breathtaking every time, the fine furniture, chandeliers and distinctive architecture of the rooms never fails to impress us all. It is no less impressive to wander through the “Picture Gallery” or the Picture Gallery, which displays a group of the most important international paintings from the Queen’s collection. Here we see the works of Rembrandt, Vermeer, Canaletto and other international artists.

pictures of diamonds and emeralds

The tour takes us to the Queen Elizabeth Jewelery Exhibition, as the palace previously organized an exhibition of the most important pieces in the Queen’s treasury, but this year, on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the exhibition dedicated to a specific time stage following the Queen’s journey to the throne, so we see pictures of the Queen at different stages of her life, accompanied by the jewelery she was wearing in that picture.

Entitled “The Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Accession to the Throne”, the exhibition celebrates the start of the Queen’s reign and focuses on 24 official photographs taken by photographer Dorothy Wilding.

The Queen wears Vladimir’s Crown and Durbar Necklace (William and Georgina Hasler – Royal Collection)

Photographer Wilding became the first female royal photographer in 1937 when she was commissioned to take official photographs of the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. In this photo, an ivory dress with a purple cloak and a gold crown.

We also see pictures by Wilding of the engagement of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, and then the most famous pictures of the Queen, the official portrait that is put on postage stamps and coins.

The tiara worn by the Queen at her coronation, covered with 1,300 diamonds (Royal Collection)

The jewelery tour takes us to the Queen’s favorite pieces, including a Cartier bracelet studded with diamonds and sapphires, a gift from her father King George VI on her 18th birthday, another birthday present here, albeit a official one, a diamond necklace gift from the South African government on the occasion of Princess Elizabeth’s 21st birthday. We know that the original necklace consisted of 21 diamonds and was shortened in 1952 and its accompanying bracelet was made of six diamonds.

A famous piece in the exhibition is the Diamond Crown of Queen Elizabeth’s grandmother, Queen Mary, in 1893, which she gave to her granddaughter Queen Elizabeth in 1947, along with a pair of diamond bracelets and a diamond brooch.

Diamond necklace, gift from the South African government on the occasion of Princess Elizabeth’s 21st birthday (Royal Collection)

Among the gifts the Queen received on the occasion of her wedding was a necklace studded with 300 diamonds from the ruler of Hyderabad, who asked the goldsmith Cartier in London to make a piece which Queen Elizabeth herself chose . The Queen wore it during a photo shoot with Dorothy Wilding in 1952, an image that was based on postage stamps and coins until 1971.

Other pieces include the famous tiara worn by the Queen at her coronation, set with 1,300 diamonds and originally made for the coronation of George IV in 1821.

In the photograph Wilding took of the Queen in 1956, which is her last photo shoot, the Queen is wearing the “Vladimir” tiara, which was made for Grand Duchess Vladimir of Russia around 1874 and sold to Queen Mary in 1921 by her daughter . inherited by Queen Elizabeth in 1953, the tiara is wearable in more ways than one; Where dangling emeralds can be removed or replaced with pearls. During the filming, the Queen wore another beautiful necklace, known as the Delhi Durbar, with nine emeralds hanging from an 8.8 carat cut diamond, the largest ever found.

Delhi Durbar Necklace with Nine Emeralds Hanging from an 8.8 Carat Diamond (Royal Collection)

A diamond brooch gift from Queen Mary to her granddaughter Queen Elizabeth (Royal Collection)

Feeling lunch for the Diamond Jubilee

At the end of the tour, it is necessary to talk about a wonderful artistic performance by Lucy Sparrow, which represents a six-meter long banquet filled with famous English dishes, from sandwiches to meatballs with eggs “Scotch Egg” to cakes and various fruits such as strawberries, and cups of tea.

The show is visually pleasing on every level, but every piece is made of felt. The cloth banquet was preceded by the Diamond Jubilee celebrations last June.

* Buckingham Palace’s summer opening continues until October 2.

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