The Platinum Jubilee brings splendor and celebration for Elizabeth II. But just as the long-lived queen is about to win the unanimous recognition of her people, she also wants to offer something to the British. For this reason, he decided to open his jewelry box and his wardrobes and display some of his most significant pieces to celebrate his 70th birthday on the throne.
To do this, the Queen has announced that she is going to exhibit brooches, tiaras and even her coronation dress in some of the most significant castles and palaces in the United Kingdom. The collection is owned by the so-called Royal Collection Trust, a foundation that manages the residences, art and valuables of the monarch and her family.
In fact, this exhibition will consist of three almost simultaneous exhibitions. The first will take place at Holyrood Palace, the official residence of Elizabeth II in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. It starts on July 3rd and ends on September 25th. The second will begin on 7 July and end a day later on 26 September at Windsor, where the Sovereign now resides, an hour’s drive from London. And the third will be held at Buckingham Palace, in the British capital, from July 22 to October 2. Visiting the exhibitions will cost 17.50 pounds (20.5 euros), 26.50 pounds (30 euros) and 30 pounds (35.3 euros) respectively. Buckingham Palace, whose rooms are rarely open to the public, is the place with the most expensive entry, but also with the most symbolic items.
In Edinburgh, perhaps one of the Queen’s lesser known palaces (when she visits Scotland she usually stays at Balmoral, out of town, this one in the city centre), the dresses she wore on other anniversaries: Silver, Gold and Diamond, then there is in celebration of his 25, 50 and 60 years on the throne. The exhibition will feature costumes designed by Sir Hardy Amis, such as the pink silk crepe and chiffon dress, the coat and stole he wore to celebrate his 25th birthday in 1977, and Simone Mirman’s hats.
Elizabeth II at her coronation in London in 1953 wearing the crown, scepter and baton during her coronation, wearing an ermine cape and designed by Norman HartnellUniversal History Archive (Universal Images Group via Getty)
Some items will be on display at Windsor, such as the white satin dress embroidered in the colors of the Commonwealth and inlaid with pearls and crystals, which the Queen wore on June 2, 1953 at the coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey, created by Sir Norman Hartnell, as well as the so-called “state dress” from purple silk, trimmed with ermine, with thorns and olive branches, “a symbol of prosperity and peace,” as the exhibition explains. The clothes were made between March and May 1953 and took over 3,500 hours to make.
“I think it underscores the importance of the iconic design and iconography of the coronation dress, but at the same time it really supports the message of the Queen as Head of the Commonwealth and the fact that she really dedicated much of her reign to it. “, – said Caroline de Guiteau, deputy topographer of the Queen’s works of art and curator of the exhibition, for People magazine.
In addition, some of the most famous and significant brooches worn by Queen Elizabeth II will be on display at Windsor. This is the maple leaf case she used in 1951 and later Camilla of Cornwall and Kate Middleton on their state visits to Canada. You’ll also be able to see the one the then-new queen wore over her black dress as she hurried back from her tour of Africa in 1952 after her father’s death; or which the Australian government gave her on her first visit to the country in 1954.
Maple leaf pin on the lapel of Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Canada House in London in July 2017.Max Mumby/Indigo (Getty Images)
The Buckingham exhibition looks at everything related to the coronation and the figure of the queen over the years: from different portraits used on stamps and coins (such as the first portrait of her as a queen, taken by Dorothy Wilding in February 1952, 20 days later after she became queen) to the tiara of the jeweler Garrard, which was worn by Elizabeth’s grandmother, Queen Mary, at her wedding to George V in 1894, a gift from Queen Victoria. When Isabelle and Felipe got married in 1947, Maria gave it to her granddaughter. Also, the necklace, which the monarch inherited in 1953, the year of her coronation, includes nine emeralds and an 8.8-carat diamond pendant cut from the Cullinan diamond, the largest ever found, a very valuable item worn by the queen. rarely; the latter at a gala dinner in Malaysia in 1989, where she paired it with her grandmother’s tiara.
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