A royal celebration

Although the Olympic Games in London will dominate 2012, there is another important event taking place next year – the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. With this in mind, GTO’s Carrie Drage headed to the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace, in London, to hear about the exhibition programme the Royal Collection has in place to mark this momentous occasion – and there’s lots to look forward to. Although it might seem an obvious choice, Buckingham Palace will be exhibiting ‘Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration’ during August and September 2012 as part of its Summer Opening. The exhibition will show how diamonds have been used by monarchs over the past 200 years and, for a material that carries associations of endurance and longevity, it’s quite a fitting tribute; after all, Elizabeth II is only the second monarch after Queen Victoria to celebrate 60 years on the throne! A highlight will be the Williamson Brooch given to the Queen as a wedding present, set with the finest pink diamond ever to be discovered! Other highlights include 60 photographs of the Queen, offering a snapshot of her official duties and family life, which will go on display from February 2012 in The Drawings Gallery at Windsor Castle, and a touring exhibition featuring 10 of Leonardo da Vinci’s finest drawings, opening at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in January 2012. Group rates are expected to be announced in November so keep reading the magazine for updates!