Monday, June 4, 2012

The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II in Coronation Robes 1953
I remember Queen Elizabeth's coronation back on June 2, 1953. It was shown on television (via a delayed broadcast in black & white). Our teacher at Our Lady of the Angels elementary in San Diego brought a TV into the room for us to watch. Fascinating then - after all, she was the Queen - and a great memory today. There will be lots of hoopla over the coming months as the British celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee, 60 years of her reign, starting with a gala performance broadcast tomorrow evening. Should be fun to follow along!
Beautiful Diamond Tiara from the exhibit Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration
One event that would be great to see is the exhibition in the state rooms of Buckingham palace this summer - Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration. This spectacular exhibition at Buckingham Palace will display the many diamonds enjoyed by British monarchs over the last 200 years. The exhibition includes an unprecedented selection of the Queen’s personal jewels, either those inherited by Her Majesty or acquired during her reign. The exhibition will reveal how many of these extraordinary stones have undergone a number of transformations, having been re-cut or incorporated into new settings during their fascinating history.
The Queen's Williamson Diamond Brooch, 1953

Queen Victoria's Fringe Brooch, 1856

Table Snuff Box from Frederick the Great, Prussia, c1770
Last year I posted on our other blog site an article about diamonds (the birthstone for April). Here's is an encore of that post.

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