The Queens Diamond Diadem on Display at Buckingham Palace
The Queens Diamond Diadem you will recognise on postage stamps and UK money is to go on display for the public to visit at Buckingham Palace as part of an exhibition to celebrate her 60 years on the throne. The diamond crown is worn by the Queen on her journey to and from the state opening of Parliament since the first year of her reign. The famous diamond diadem is beautifully set with 1,333 different sized brilliant cut diamonds with a striking four-carat fancy yellow diamond, The diadem also consists of a band set with two rows of beautiful pearls with a row of round brilliant cut diamonds in between. Diamonds above the bottom band are set in shapes of a thistle, a rose and two shamrocks which represent the national emblems – England, Scotland and Ireland. The Diamond Diadem was given to Queen Victoria in 1837, and she would often be painted and photographed wearing it. The Diadem was then passed down through the monetary to Queen Alexandra, Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth I and now belongs to Queen Elizabeth II.