Her crowning glory! Queen's Diamond Diadem featured on millions of stamps and coins goes on display at Buckingham Palace
23:44 GMT, 29 May 2012
A crown familiar to millions after being worn by the Queen on postage stamps is to go on display at Buckingham Palace.
The Diamond Diadem, which has been worn by the Queen on her journey to and from the state opening of Parliament since the first year of her reign, will be part of an exhibition to celebrate her 60 years on the throne.
Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration will show the many ways in which the jewels have been worn by British monarchs over the last two centuries.
The Queen's famous diamond diadem is to go on display in a Jubilee exhibition at Buckingham Palace
The exhibition includes a number of the Queen's personal jewels, which she inherited or acquired during her reign.
The Diamond Diadem is one of the Queen's most widely recognised pieces of jewellery and can also be seen on some banknotes and coins.
Despite its feminine associations it was made for the famously extravagant coronation of George IV in 1821 at a cost of more than 8,000.
Set with 1,333 brilliant-cut diamonds, including a four-carat pale yellow brilliant, it consists of a band with two rows of pearls either side of a row of diamonds, above which are diamonds set in the form of a rose, a thistle and two shamrocks – the national emblems of England, Scotland and Ireland.
In 1837 the diadem was inherited by Queen Victoria, who was frequently painted and photographed wearing it, including on several early postage stamps such as the Penny Black.
A Penny black stamp featuring the diadem
The diadem also appears on modern pound coins
It continued to be passed down the generations of the Royal Family before being given to the Queen.
Exhibition curator Caroline de Guitaut said: 'The Diamond Diadem is one of the most spectacular pieces of royal jewellery.
'It is a rare combination of the historically important and the very familiar – seen by millions every day on stamps, banknotes and coins.'
The exhibition is part of the annual summer opening of Buckingham Palace and runs from June 30 to July 8, and then July 31 to October 7.
THE HISTORY OF THE QUEEN'S DIAMOND DIADEM
The Queen arrives at the State Opening of Parliament wearing the diamond diadem
The Diamond Diadem has been worn by Queen Elizabeth II on her journey to and from the State Opening of Parliament since the first year of her reign in 1952
Despite its feminine associations, the piece was actually made for the extravagant coronation of George IV
The Diadem cost over 8,000 when it was created in 1821
It is set with 1,333 brilliant-cut diamonds, including a pale yellow stone of four-carats
It is made out of a band with two rows of pearls either side of a row of diamondsThe precious stones are set in the shapes of a rose, a thistle and two shamrocks – the national emblems of England, Scotland and Ireland
The piece was inherited in 1837 by Queen Victoria, who was frequently painted and photographed wearing the pieceQueen Victoria can be seen wearing it on several early postage stamps, including the Penny BlackThe Diadem was passed to Queen Alexandra, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth I before coming to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II