The tension is in the air (Credit:Red Diam)
The Queen’s diamond jubilee is just around the corner, and
the excitement and tension is in the air. It could be felt all the way from
England, where millions are getting ready for the annual ritual of observing
the crown jewels.
Crowds who attend the festivities will get a glimpse of the
jewels in improved lighting. The display, which attracts over 2.5 million
visitors each year, will feature an assortment of crowns, swords, rings, and
scepters – all the trappings of royalty glistening as brightly as ever.
One of the highlights of the exhibit is Queen Victoria’s
small diamond crown, which contains 1,187 precious gemstones. This mainstay of
the royal collection has been in the family for centuries. Indeed, many of the
jewels were lost after the Civil War and were remade for Charles II’s
coronation in 1661.
As if that weren’t enough, revelers can also take in a
collection with some of the largest diamonds in the world. Some of the pieces
even have over a thousand precious stones encrusted on them.
It seems London will be the center of the attention this
year, what with the Diamond Jubilee coming just months before the highly
anticipated Summer Olympics.
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