Royal Treasures on Display for Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations
Royal Treasures on Display for Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

Some of the finest treasures from the Royal Collection are on display at The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

Coined "Royal Treasures: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration", one of the diamond jubilee exhibitions, reflect the tastes of monarchs and other members of the royal family who have shaped one of the biggest art collections in the world.

The exhibition mainly comprises a selection of 100 works that include paintings, drawings, miniatures, watercolours, manuscripts, furniture, sculpture, ceramics and jewellery from eight royal residences.

The exhibition includes paintings by Rembrandt, Canaletto and Monet, drawings by Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Holbein, and Imperial Easter Eggs by Fabergé. "Royal Treasures: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration" has opened its doors for public display at the Palace of Holyroodhouse from 16 March, 2012 and will run till 4 November, 2012.

Apart from this, Buckingham Palace has announced another major exhibition that will display a number of the queen's diamonds.

The exhibition will show the many ways in which diamonds have been used by British monarchs over the last 200 years. The exhibition includes an unprecedented display of a number of the queen's personal jewels that were either inherited or acquired during her reign.

According to the Telegraph, showing the jewels themselves as well as pictures of how they have been worn by British monarchs over the last two centuries, the exhibition will include pieces that the Queen inherited from her royal ancestors as well as those she has acquired throughout her 60-year reign. It will also reveal the many transformations that the stones had to undergo to be incorporated into new settings.

A major highlight of the exhibition is the coronation necklace and earrings worn by queen Elizabeth II. Crafted from 25 brilliant diamonds, the necklace was first worn by Queen Victoria and was then reportedly passed down to queens Alexandra, Mary, Elizabeth and Elizabeth II.

The exhibition, which will run from 30 June to 8 July, 2012 will also feature other royal collections including the mini crown worn by the queen for her official diamond jubilee portrait and a selection of diamond brooches.