Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Accession

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Royal Collection Trust
22 July 2022
Buckingham Palace, London, SW1A 1AA, United Kingdom
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At the Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Accession will include portraits of The Queen taken by Dorothy Wilding, alongside items of Her Majesty’s personal jewellery worn for the portrait sittings. Shortly after Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne on 6 February 1952, the first official photographic sitting with the new Queen was granted to the photographer Dorothy Wilding. The series of photographs taken of The Queen in 1952 are remarkable for their modern, emblematic approach and formed the basis of The Queen’s image on postage stamps from 1953 until 1971, as well as providing the official portrait of Her Majesty which was sent to every British embassy throughout the world.

Included in the Buckingham Palace display will be The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara, which was a wedding gift to Princess Victoria Mary of Teck, later Queen Mary, on the occasion of her marriage to the future King George V in 1893. Queen Mary gave the tiara to her granddaughter, Princess Elizabeth, as a wedding present on the occasion of her marriage to Prince Philip on 20 November 1947.