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How to See Queen Elizabeth’s Personal Jewelry Collection This Summer

In celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, jewels from the Queen’s personal collection will go on display this summer at three royal residences. At Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, three exhibits will be staged, with each exploring a different historic occasion in Queen Elizabeth’s 70-year reign.

Read on for a guide to what clothing and jewelry is on display, and where, this summer.

The Diamond Diadem and the Dehli Dubar necklace will be at Buckingham Palace.

In the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, portraits of the Queen taken by photographer Dorothy Wilding just after her accession to the throne will be on view. These portraits will be accompanied by the jewelry she wore in the sittings, including the famous Diamond Diadem.

Dorothy Wilding, HM Queen Elizabeth II, 1952.

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As the Royal Collection Trust explains, “Wilding’s photographs were used as the basis of the Queen’s image on postage stamps from 1953 until 1971, as well as providing the official portrait of Her Majesty which was sent to every British embassy throughout the world, making the Diadem instantly recognisable to millions of people across the globe.”

The Diamond Diadem was created for King George IV in 1821, set with 1,333 brilliant-cut diamonds. The Diadem passed to Queen Victoria, Queen Alexandra, Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and then to Queen Elizabeth II herself. She wore the diadem at her coronation in 1952, and has since worn it on her journey to and from the annual state openings of Parliament.

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Rundell, Bridge & Rundell created the Diamond Diadem in 1820 – 1821.

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Queen Elizabeth, accompanied by Prince Philip, leaves the State Opening of Parliament wearing the Diamond Diadem in May 2015.

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Also on display at Buckingham Palace this summer will be the Queen’s Delhi Durbar necklace, which is made of nine emeralds originally owned by Queen Mary’s grandmother and an 8.8 carat diamond pendant cut from the Cullinan diamond.

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The Delhi Durbar necklace made by Garrards in 1911.

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papua new guinea   october 13  queen elizabeth ii at a banquet in papua new guinea she is wearing the girls of great britain and ireland diamond tiara and an emerald necklace and earrings which are known as the cambridge and delhi durbar parure  photo by tim graham photo library via getty images

Queen Elizabeth wearing the necklace at a banquet in Papua New Guinea in 1982.

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The Queen inherited the Delhi Durbar necklace in 1953; it was originally made for Queen Mary’s appearance at the 1911 Delhi Durbar, marking the succession of the new Emperor and Empress of India.

Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Accession opens at Buckingham Palace July 22 and runs through October 2.

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Queen Elizabeth’s coronation dress and robe will be at Windsor Castle.

At Windsor Castle, the exhibit will focus on Elizabeth’s coronation. The dress and robe the Queen wore at her coronation will be displayed.

Also at Windsor will be brooches from the Queen’s personal collection, which include:

  • The Canadian Maple-leaf Brooch, worn by Princess Elizabeth on her first visit to Canada in 1951
  • The Flame-Lily Brooch, the emblem of Zimbabwe, which was pinned to the Queen’s mourning clothes when she returned to Britain from Kenya after the death of her father in 1952
  • The New Zealand Silver Fern Brooch, presented to the Queen by the Women of Auckland on Christmas Day, 1953
  • The Australian Wattle Brooch (below), presented on Queen Elizabeth’s first visit to Australia in 1954
  • The Sri Lanka Brooch, presented to the Queen during a State Visit to Sri Lanka in 1981
    australian wattle brooch, 1954

    Australian Wattle Brooch, 1954.

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    britains queen elizabeth ii, wearing a lime green dress and a diamond wattle brooch, takes cover under an umbrella as she attends the official welcoming ceremony in front of the sydney opera house, 20 march 2000 the british monarch is in australia on a 16 day nationwide visit, her first since 1992  electronic image photo by torsten blackwood  afp photo by torsten blackwoodafp via getty images

    Queen Elizabeth wearing the diamond wattle brooch in Australia in 2000.


    Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Coronation opens at Windsor Castle on July 7 and runs through September 26.

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    Outfits from previous jubilees will be at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

    In Edinburgh at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the exhibit will focus on the Queen’s previous jubilees and outfits worn by the Queen will be on display.

    queen elizabeth ii  prince philip arrive at st pauls cathedral, for thanksgiving service, to celebrate hrh silver jubilee, tuesday 7th june 1977 photo by msimirrorpixmirrorpix via getty images

    Queen Elizabeth II at St Pauls Cathedral for a Thanksgiving service, June 1977.


    Notably, on display for the first time, will be the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee ensemble designed by Angela Kelly.

    outfit worn by her majesty the queen on the occasion of her diamond jubilee in 2012, designed by angela kelly

    Outfit worn by the Queen on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, designed by Angela Kelly.

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    london, england   june 05  queen elizabeth ii on the balcony of buckingham palace after the service of thanksgiving at stpaul’s cathedral  on june 5, 2012 in london, england for only the second time in its history the uk celebrates the diamond jubilee of a monarch her majesty queen elizabeth ii celebrates the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne thousands of wellwishers from around the world have flocked to london to witness the spectacle of the weekends celebrations  photo by oli scarffgetty images

    Queen Elizabeth on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, June 2012

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    According to the Royal Collection Trust, “alongside the ensembles worn by the Queen will be a selection of gifts presented during official engagements in Scotland, as well as a group of works relating to Her Majesty’s first official visit to Edinburgh in 1953.”

    Platinum Jubilee display at the Palace of Holyroodhouse will run from July 3 through September 25.

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