More than 10,000 diamonds set in works acquired by six monarchs over three centuries are on display at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The unique show is part Buckingham Palace Summer Opening 2012.
Over 10,000 diamonds set in works acquired by six monarchs over three centuries are on display at Buckingham Palace to mark Her Majesty The Queen's 60 year reign.
This spectacular show is part of State Rooms Summer Opening 2012. It reunited for the first time seven out of nine extraordinary stones cut from the magnificent Cullinan Diamond - the largest diamond in the world (incredible 3,106 carats in its rough state). The seven stones are set in brooches, a ring and a necklace, worn by The Queen throughout her reign. The remaining two stones form part of the Crown Jewels.
Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration exhibition dates are:
30 June - 8 July and 31 July - 7 October
News and photos by Eugenie Absalom