Friday, June 1, 2012

A Look Back on the Diamond Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth II, 2012
Diamond Jubilee Portrait Sitting
Photography by John Swannell
Photo Source: The Telegraph

by Angela Magnotti Andrews

Jewelry history is unfolding as we speak. Even now, preparations are being made all over Britain for Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebration. Believe it or not, even the banks will be closed on Monday, June 4, and Tuesday, June 5, 2012, so everyone may participate in the celebration.

The 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 (to date) monarch, Queen Victoria, who served her ‘beloved people’ for 64 years.

In a time when monarchs were rising and falling in Europe 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.
BIBLIOGRAPHY
1. Rappaport, Helen. Queen Victoria: A Biographical Companion. Oxford: ABC-CLIO, 2003.
2. Menkes, Suzy. "The Queen of Diamonds." The New York Times Online. Published May 28, 2012. Accessed May 29, 2012. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/29/fashion/queens-diamonds-play-a-role-in-the-diamond-jubilee.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1338314736-k3ET7WQmuBTBwLtVYe8REA.
3. Wikipedia. "Queen Victoria." Accessed May 29, 2012. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_victoria.

*Victorian clip art courtesy of The Graphics Fairy

2 comments:

  1. I loved watching "The Young Victoria." It's ironic/strange don't you think that all three of England's female monarchs had long lives and long reigns?

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    1. I loved that movie, as well! Their researchers did a fantastic job of making sure all the details were accurate, and the cinematography was stunning!! I know the Queens have had many detractors, but I think that the combination of the adoration of their people and their sense of duty to their country gives them a will to live!

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