|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. 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 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
life. She had surpassed her grandfather, George III, as the longest-reigning
monarch. Just nine months later, on June 16, 1897, she arrived in to make preparations for the
grand celebration of her Diamond Jubilee. Windsor Castle
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*Victorian clip art courtesy of The Graphics Fairy