Buckingham Palace to house dazzling display of diamonds marking Queen”s 60 years on the throne
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Treasure: This snuff box made for King Frederick the Great of Prussia, c.1770-75 will be among the attractions
Sixty years on the throne: Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh wave to the crowds from the Buckingham Palace balcony on the day of the Queen”s Coronation, 2 June 1953
The jewels the Queen is said to refer to affectionately as “my best diamonds” will also be on display.
The necklace and bracelet she received for her 21st birthday from the South African Government are made up of 21 large diamonds.
Princess Elizabeth was in Cape Town for her 21st birthday when she marked her coming of age by delivering the speech in which she pledged to dedicate her “whole life” to service of the Commonwealth.
Amid all the sparkling ice gems will be the monarch”s Williamson Brooch whichfeatures a rare pink diamond – said to be the finest in existence.
The23.6 carat jewel from Tanzania was given to Queen uncut as a wedding present by the Canadian geologist Dr JT Williamson and later made into aflower brooch by Cartier in 1953.
Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration will take place at Buckingham Palace in August and September. Visit www.royalcollection.org.uk for more details.