Queen's classic royal jewels to go on show to mark Platinum Jubilee

Her crowning glory! Queen’s Diamond Diadem featured on millions of stamps and coins will go on display alongside other precious jewels at royal residences to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee

  • Priceless jewels worn by the Queen will go on show to mark Platinum Jubilee
  • Among the gems on show will be the Diamond Diadem, her most famous piece
  • Some of Her Majesty’s brooches will also be on display at various royal residence
  • Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle are among residences displaying gems

A crown familiar to millions after being worn by the Queen on postage stamps is among the jewels to go on display this summer as part of a collection to mark the Platinum Jubilee. 

The Diamond Diadem, which was often worn by the Queen on her journey to and from the state opening of Parliament since the first year of her reign, will be part of an exhibition to celebrate her 70 years on the throne. 

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 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’s Diamond Diadem, one of the most famous pieces of royal jewellery, will be displayed to the public at Buckingham Palace from July 22, as part of the celebrations marking the Platinum Jubilee. Here she is pictured wearing the piece in official portraits by Dorothy Wilding taken in 1952

The Diamond Diadem, which was made for George IV’s coronation in 1821, is set with 1,333 brilliant-cut diamonds, and is considered to be priceless

The Delhi Durbar Necklace, which will go on show at Buckingham Palace this summer, features an 8.8 carat diamond pendant (left). The Queen wore the Delhi Durbar necklace during a sitting for official portraits by Dorothy Wilding taken in 1952, days after her coronation (right) 

Her Majesty, 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 (pictured in 2010) 

The crown 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.

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 Queen pinned the Flame-Lily brooch (left) to her mourning clothes after the death of her father. Pictured right: The monarch as she sets foot on British soil for the first time since her accession as she lands at London Airport

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

The Queen’s Canadian Maple Leaf brooch, one of the most recognisable in her collection, first belonged to her mother. (left) Queen Elizabeth first donned the brooch in 1951, a year before she became queen (right, wearing the brooch in 2010) 

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

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 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.

The Sri Lanka brooch, which will also be on display was presented by the Mayor of Colombo and is set with pink, blue and yellow sapphires, garnets, rubies and aquamarine (left, right, the Queen wearing the jewel in 2015) 

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

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations programme in full

Buckingham Palace has unveiled the line-up of celebrations to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee for the first time.

Street parties, a concert featuring some of the world’s biggest stars and a chance to see the Queen’s homes up close are all included in the programme to mark her 70 years on the throne.

Here is a list of all of the events taking place for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee:

May 12-15: Platinum Jubilee Celebration

More than 500 horses and 1,000 performers will take part in a 90-minute show taking the Windsor Castle audience through history right from Elizabeth I to present day.

Bank Holiday: June 2: Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour)

The colour will be trooped on Horse Guards Parade by the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards and over 1,200 officers and soldiers from the Household Division who will put on a display. Sandringham and Balmoral will also be open for residents and visitors to enjoy the celebrations across the Bank Holiday.

Platinum Jubilee Beacons

The UK will join the Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories to light a beacon to mark the Jubilee. The Principal Beacon will also be lit in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

June 3: Service of Thanksgiving

The Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral.

June 4: Platinum Party at the Palace

Some of the world’s greatest entertainers are billed to perform at the concert at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the most significant moments from the Queen’s reign.

June 5: Big Jubilee Lunch

Street parties are being planned across the UK and neighbours are expected to join together for food and fun to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee. It will mark the end of the Bank Holiday.

Platinum Jubilee Pageant

Performers will come together in London to tell the story of the Queen’s reign through a pageant that will include a ‘River of Hope’ section made up of 200 silk flags that will make its way through The Mall, appearing like a moving river.

July: The Royal Collection Trust

Three displays marking the Queen’s accession to the throne, the Coronation and Jubilees will be put on at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.


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.

Other jewels to be displayed include 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 Sri Lanka brooch was presented by the Mayor of Colombo and is set with pink, blue and yellow sapphires, garnets, rubies and aquamarine.

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.

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.

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

The jewellery display is just one of the initiatives marking the Platinum Jubilee.

A host of celebrations are set to kick off on Thursday, June 2, starting with the Queen’s birthday parade, which has marked the official birthday of the British sovereign for 260 years, and will end with the Royal Family on the Buckingham Palace balcony and a spectacular flypast.

Beacons will also be lit through the UK and Commonwealth, with a special ceremony held at Buckingham Palace.

A towering, living sculpture of trees will be lit and projections cast on to the front of Buckingham Palace to highlight the Royal Family’s long history of championing environmental causes.

On Friday, June 3, a service of thanksgiving will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral, which the Queen plans to attend.

Arrangements have been tailored for her comfort, however. 

There will be no ceremonial journey from the palace, while the 96-year-old monarch, who is facing mobility issues, will use a different entrance so she does not have to scale the steep steps.

On Saturday, June 4, the Queen intends to attend the Epsom Derby, and in the evening attention will turn again to Buckingham Palace for the Platinum Party at the Palace. 

Stars of stage, screen and pop and rock will perform in front of a crowd of 22,000 people.

On the final day of celebrations, on Sunday, June 5, 60,000 Big Jubilee Lunches will be held across the country and the Commonwealth – ranging from world record attempts for the longest street party to simple back garden barbecues – to encourage community-led events.

Final decisions on the Queen’s appearances across the weekend are not likely to be announced until the day they are due, Buckingham Palace said.

A further exhibition at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh will feature outfits worn by the Queen during her Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilee celebrations, including this pale turquoise dress and coat, which is being exhibited for the first time

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