Beautiful diamond pieces from Queen’s jewelry collection for display

Dazzling jewelery from the Queen’s personal collection is on display during the summer opening of Buckingham Palace’s State Rooms.

The bracelets, tiaras and brooches appear alongside pictures of the queen with the pieces made of diamonds, emeralds and pearls.

The photos, taken by acclaimed society photographer Dorothy Wilding, will be known for being used to produce stamps and banknotes depicting the head of state.

Platinum Jubilee: The Queen's Accession – Buckingham PalaceThe Queen’s Diamond Diadem is featured in the news exhibit (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

Exhibition curator Caroline de Guitaut said: “The images are very important and instantly recognizable as they have been used on banknotes, coins and form the basis of the Queen’s image on postage stamps – and have therefore been reproduced millions of times in the UK and abroad. .

“They have truly stood the test of time and have become the most recognizable and famous depictions of the Queen, probably covering the first quarter of a century from her reign up to the time of her Silver Jubilee.”

A highlight of the exhibition is the photograph of the Queen wearing her 1333 diamond diadem, which she wore on the journey from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey on the day of her coronation in 1953.

It was made for George IV to wear at his coronation in 1821 by the royal jewelers and goldsmiths, Rundell, Bridge and Rundell, but it was obscured by a large hat decorated with ostrich feathers.

Platinum Jubilee: The Queen's Accession – Buckingham PalaceThe Queen wears her diadem and the necklace of Nizam of Hyderabad in photos taken by Dorothy Wilding (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

Wilding has photographed royalty since the 1920s and became the first official female royal photographer in May 1937 when she was asked to mark the coronations of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

An 11-year-old Princess Elizabeth seen in the photos along with her sister Princess Margaret and the exhibit will include the embellished cream dress, purple robe and gold crown worn by the future Queen for the photo shoot.

Ten years later, in July 1947, Wilding took the official engagement portrait for then-Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten.

The image is part of the exhibition and contrasts with modern photographs marking a royal wedding with the Duke, arms folded, staring straight into the lens as his expressionless future wife stands before him.

Platinum Jubilee: The Queen's Accession – Buckingham PalaceThe Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara is another royal jewel (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

Just 20 days after her father died and she became monarch, Wilding was commissioned by the General Post Office to take the first official photograph of the new Queen Elizabeth for stamp design.

The Queen is wearing another recognizable piece, the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara, a wedding gift from the Queen’s grandmother, Queen Mary, which can be seen in images of the Queen on today’s banknotes.

The monarch’s last meeting with Wilding was in May 1956 for new banknotes and in the images, which were not used, the Queen is wearing the Vladimir Tiara and the spectacular Delhi Durbar necklace with nine emeralds and an 8.8 carat diamond pendant, a piece of the Cullinan diamond, the world’s largest diamond.

Also part of the exhibition are the official photos of the Queen’s silver, gold, diamond and platinum anniversaries over the decades.

Craft aficionados will be delighted to have a big table full of food for an anniversary celebration on the street, from sandwiches, cakes and platters of strawberries to chocolate fingers and scotch eggs, all made from felt by installation artist Lucy Sparrow.

Platinum Jubilee: The Queen's Accession – Buckingham PalaceArtist Lucy Sparrow with her Platinum Jubilee Felt Banquet (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

Her work was featured when the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall attended a Big Lunch event at the Oval cricket ground during the Platinum Jubilee weekend celebrations.

She said of the royal couple: “They got it right away and the Prince of Wales wanted to know how the chips were made.

“It was very important to me that it was a workers’ party with hula hoops and cake and cups of tea, very recognizable and festive.”

Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Accession is included with a visit to the Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace from Friday, July 22 to October 2.

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