|Queen Elizabeth II, 2012|
Diamond Jubilee Portrait Sitting
Photography by John Swannell
Photo Source: The Telegraph
Jewelry history is unfolding as we speak. Even now, preparations are being made all over Britain for Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebration.
This year's Diamond Jubilee marks the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. She will be the second monarch to have served the British Empire long enough to celebrate this most exciting of festivals.
England’s last Diamond Jubilee took place in June of 1897, in honor of England’s longest reigning monarch, Queen Victoria, who served her ‘beloved people’ for 64 years. In a time when European monarchs were rising and falling as steadily as the North Atlantic tide, September 23, 1896 dawned as a stunning moment in Queen Victoria’s life.
She had surpassed her grandfather, George III, as the longest-reigning monarch. Just nine months later, on June 16, 1897, she arrived in Windsor Castle to make preparations for the grand celebration of her Diamond Jubilee.
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*Victorian clip art courtesy of The Graphics Fairy