The Queen’s Diamond Exhibition in Buckingham Palace

Queen Victoria crown

July 2012

Marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Buckingham Palace’s 2012 Summer Opening is showcasing a selection of the Queen’s very own diamond collection. Comprising of pieces which have been in the Royal family for generations as well as additions gained during her reign, the exhibition explores the significance of diamonds in the monarchy and the transformations some of the pieces have undergone over the years.

Buckingham Palace is only open 8 weeks a year; don’t miss an opportunity to see this unique exhibition and one of the most famous palaces in the world.

Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration, Buckingham Palace

July 30 - October 7 2012

A highlight of the exhibition has to be the diamond necklace and earring set worn by the Queen during her coronation. Made from 25 brilliant-cut diamonds, this striking arrangement was also worn by Queens Victoria, Alexandra, Mary and Elizabeth I on their coronations – that’s over 450 years of royal history.

Also on display is the crown worn by Queen Victoria for her official Diamond Jubilee portrait in 1897 and the ‘Girls of Great Britain’ Tiara – probably one of the most recognisable pieces of royal jewellery. This tiara is regularly worn by the Queen during official ceremonies and the exhibition details the changes it has experienced with each Queen who owns it.

The diamond exhibition will also be bringing together two exciting first-time displays. Previously unseen photographs of the Queen Mother will on show along with an exhibit showcasing 7 out of the 9 principal diamonds cut from the Cullinan stone – the largest diamond ever found.

As well as entry into the diamond exhibition, Buckingham Palace tickets also include entry into the Ball Room, gardens and State Rooms where you can admire some of the Royal Collection’s finest works including painting by Rembrandt, Rubens and Poussin.