THE PLATINUM JUBILEE CELEBRATING THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II CONTINUES
The 70th year on the throne of Queen Elizabeth II, who ascended to the throne in 1952, is being celebrated with various events in the United Kingdom. After months of concerts, festivals, and sporting events in different venues across London, three exhibitions featuring them Queen’s portraits, jewelry, and other special items are opening their doors to visitors with a different concept.
In the exhibition called “Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Accession”, which is held at Buckingham Palace between July 22nd – October 2nd, 2022, the jewelry worn by the 96-year-old queen at special
events, activities, and ceremonies is presented. It is possible to see the portrait of Elizabeth II taken by Dorothy Wilding at the exhibition.
These portraits tell the story of each of the tiaras, earrings, bracelets, brooches, and necklaces worn by the Queen. Wilding’s brilliant and elegant photographs have preserved for the future the key images of postage stamps, currency, banknotes, and coronation souvenirs from 1953 to 1971.
One of the most precious jewels of the exhibition that catches the eye is the “Diamond Diadem” tiara. Instantly recognizable to millions of people around the world thanks to the Queen’s portrait, the jewel was designed for the coronation of King George IV in 1821. The crown is set with 1,333 diamonds totaling 320 carats and surrounded by two rows of 169 pearls, with a rare yellow diamond of 4 carats at its center. Diamonds in the shape of roses, thistles, and shamrocks the floral symbols of England, Scotland, and Ireland – adorn the piece of jewelry. Inherited by Queen Victoria in 1837, the “Diamond Diadem” was passed down to Queen Alexandra, Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, and Queen Anne, and was finally added to the list of favorite jewels of Queen Elizabeth II, who accompanied her to her coronation.
One of the impressive pieces in the exhibition is the diamond tiara of Queen Mary called “The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland”. As the favorite piece of Queen Elizabeth II, this tiara appeared at many of the Queen’s events. The jewels designed by E. Wolff & Co For Garrards were presented as a wedding gift to the Queen.
One of the most distinguishable royal jewels in the exhibition is the “Delhi Durbar” necklace, the most beautiful representative of emeralds and diamonds. The necklace, which features nine emeralds and an 8.8-carat drop-shaped diamond cut from the “Cullinan” stone, the largest diamond ever found, belonging to Queen Mary’s grandmother, the Duchess of Cambridge, was made for Queen Mary in 1911. Queen Elizabeth II inherited this magnificent piece in 1953 and in 1956, she appeared in front of Dorothy Wilding’s camera with the necklace.
In the “Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Accession” exhibition, visitors can see the Queen’s iconicportraits and jewels from 1952, as well as the official photographs taken to commemorate her Silver, Gold, Diamond, and Platinum Jubilees.