royals

Rarely Seen Tiaras To Go on Display at Buckingham Palace Tomorrow as Part of Summer Opening

Rarely Seen Tiaras To Go on Display at Buckingham Palace Tomorrow as Part of Summer Opening

The Queen photographed by Dorothy Wilding in 1952. Photo: Royal Collection Trust
The summer opening at Buckingham Palace this year will celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a special exhibition that revisits the monarch’s portrait sittings with photographer Dorothy Wilding. Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Accession, will not only showcase 24 of these historic images but will also see the jewelry that she wore in the portraits going on display alongside them.
The first sitting took place just 20 days after her accession to the throne and saw her wearing many jewels that held sentimental value. Many of the pieces were gifts, including a sapphire and diamond Cartier bracelet which was given to her by her father as an 18th birthday present, as well as a diamond necklace presented to her by the government of South Africa on her 21st birthday. One also gives us an insight into Her Majesty’s own tastes: the Nizam of Hyderabad necklace, a platinum necklace set with 300 diamonds, which she chose herself from Cartier as a wedding gift from the Indian ruler. She topped off this suite of jewels with the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara, a wedding gift from her jewelry-collecting grandmother, Queen Mary.
The girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara. Photo: Royal Collection Trust
Another photographic sitting was organized just months after this first, in order to show the Queen wearing a coronet, which was thought to be more suitable for official use on stamps and currency. The Diamond Diadem, originally commissioned for King George IV’s coronation, was chosen. It was until recent years still worn by Her Majesty for the State Opening of Parliament but is now deemed too heavy.
The Vladimir Tiara. Photo: Royal Collection Trust
Images from the Queen’s final sitting with Wilding in 1956 are particularly special, as they were commissioned by the Bank of England but never used. They show her wearing the Vladimir Tiara, sometimes dubbed her favorite diadem, and another she inherited via her grandmother. It was originally made for Grand Duchess Vladimir of Russia in 1874 but was sold by her daughter to Queen Mary after the Russian Revolution and the execution of Tsar Nicholas II and his family.
The Queen photographed by Dorothy Wilding in 1956. Photo: Royal Collection Trust
Wilding had previously photographed Royal Family members including a young Prince George (later the Duke of Kent); and Elizabeth’s own parents, becoming the first woman to be awarded a Royal Warrant to be the official photographer to a king and queen at their coronation. Although English herself, Wilding also photographed a number of film stars and celebrities on both sides of the Atlantic, including Noël Coward, Cecil Beaton, Vivien Leigh, Anna May Wong, Tallulah Bankhead, Nancy Astor, Gertrude Lawrence and Sir Norman Hartnell.
Originally published in Tatler.com
Read Next: Pictures: 6 Times Queen Elizabeth Gave Us a Peek at Her Very Relatable Beauty Ritual

10 of Princess Diana’s Best Fashion Moments in the Middle East

10 of Princess Diana’s Best Fashion Moments in the Middle East

Princess Diana. Photo by Anwar Hussein
Though Princess Diana‘s legacy extends far beyond fashion, she is arguably one of the biggest fashion icons of the 20th Century. When she was only 25 years old, Princess Diana made two trips to the Middle East. The first trip to Bahrain, Oman, and Saudi Arabia and the second in March 1986 that included Kuwait and the UAE.
Diana developed a “very glamorous regal style” for overseas trips by donning outfits paying homage to the host nation. During a trip to Saudi Arabia in the 1980s, she wore a dress emblazoned with gold falcons, an emblem of Kingdom.
Ahead of what would have been her 60th birthday on July 1, we look at some of her best ensembles from royal tours in the Middle East over the years.

1986
Photo: Getty Images
As part of her Middle East tour in November 1986, Princess Diana is seen wearing a white evening gown in 1986.
1986
Photo: Getty Images
Princess Diana with HRH Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in November 1986.
1986
Photo: Getty Images
Princess Diana is seen at the Palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said in Oman, during her Middle East royal tour in November 1986.
1986
Photo: Getty Images
Princess Diana is pictured here visiting a Bedouin Camp in the desert on her Middle East tour in November 1986.
1986
Photo: Getty Images
Wearing a black and white evening dress designed by the Emmanuels, Princess Diana attends a dinner given by the Crown Prince in Saudi Arabia on November 17, 1986
1986
Photo: Getty Images
The Princess of Wales is seen wearing a Catherine Walker outfit while a trip to the desert during a visit to Saudi Arabia in November 1986.
1989
Photo: Getty Images
This is from the Prince and Princess of Wales’ official visit to the Arab States in the Persian Gulf, March 1989 where Princess Diana is seen wearing a Catherine Walker suit and a Philip Somerville turban hat on arrival in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
1989
Photo: Getty Images
At the Islamic Museum in Kuwait in March 1989, the Princess is seen wearing a red and pink outfit designed by Catherine Walker.
1989
Photo: Getty Images
The Princess of Wales in Kuwait in March 1989 during her royal tour of the Gulf.
1992
Photo: Getty Images
Princess Diana pictured at the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt in May 1992.
Read Next: Princess Diana’s Statue Arrives at Kensington Palace Ahead of its Unveiling on Her 60th Birthday

PHP Code Snippets Powered By : XYZScripts.com