Buckingham Palace to host diamond exhibition for Queen's Jubilee

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The Queen wearing the Girls of Great Britain Tiara. Photo: PA


Buckingham Palace is to host a dazzling diamond exhibition to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 60-year reign.

The Royal Collection exhibition will open throughout August and September, and will chart the gemstone's association with British monarchs over the last 200 years, according to the BBC.

Among some of the pieces on show will be the Queen's favourite piece, the Girls of Great Britain Tiara, also known as 'Granny's tiara', which she received in 1947 as a wedding present from her grandmother Queen Mary, who had been given it in 1893.

Buckingham Palace to host diamond exhibition for Queen's JubileeGirls of Great Britain Tiara. Photo: PA


Visitors will also be able to see the necklace and earrings worn by the Queen at her coronation at Westminster Abbey in 1953.

The necklace, which consists of 25 large diamonds and a central pendant of 22.4 carats, was created in 1858 for Queen Victoria, the only other British monarch to celebrate a diamond jubilee.

Buckingham Palace to host diamond exhibition for Queen's JubileeQueen Victoria's crown. Photo: PA


Also on show will be Queen Victoria's personal crown, which contains nearly 1,200 diamonds, and the Queen's Williamson Brooch that features a rare pink diamond, which is said to be the finest in existence.

The Royal Collection exhibition will cost £18 per adult to visit.

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