28 May 2015

The Daily Jewel: May 28

The Daily Jewel: May 28

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State Opening of Parliament Jewels: May 2015

Today, Queen Elizabeth II traveled from Buckingham Palace to Westminster to officially open parliament. She's been doing this for more than sixty years now, but the event is still as filled with pomp and circumstance (and jewels!) as ever.

On her way to and from the Houses of Parliament, the Queen wore the diamond diadem made in 1820 for the coronation of King George IV. From this angle, you can just see the yellow hue of the diamond in the center of the front cross pattée. You can read more about the history of this centuries-old diadem in yesterday's post.

27 May 2015

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The George IV Diamond Diadem

When the Queen gives her annual speech at the State Opening of Parliament later today, she'll do so wearing the Imperial State Crown. (Read all about that crown over here!) But on her way to and from Westminster, she'll wear another piece of heirloom royal jewelry: the diamond diadem that belonged to King George IV.

Although the diamond diadem is today worn exclusively by British queens, it was actually made for a British king. George IV ordered the crown from Rundell, Bridge, and Rundell in 1820. The jeweler finished the diadem that May, constructing it out of silver, gold, diamonds, and pearls. (Here are some great close-up photos courtesy the Royal Collection.) The diadem was charged to a special account set up for costs related to George's coronation, which took place the following year.