They are diamonds fit for a queen. According to new reports, portrait pictures of a young Queen Elizabeth II taken at the beginning of her reign and the jewels she wore are going on display at Buckingham Palace from Friday. Tiaras, earrings and necklaces form part of The Queen’s Accession exhibition marking her record-breaking seven decades on the throne. Here’s what you need to know.
Elizabeth, at 96, is Britain’s longest-reigning and currently the world’s oldest monarch. She became queen on 6 February 1952, on the death of her father King George VI. The display is available to guests visiting the palace’s State Rooms, which are open to the public for the first time in three years.
Queen Elizabeth’s Jewels On Display At Buckingham Palace
Meanwhile, a separate report says that there was a little royal drama before Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations back in June. Prince Harry was left quite upset after finding out that he didn’t get Queen Elizabeth’s permission for him and Meghan Markle to stand on the balcony with the rest of the royal family.
According to Tom Bower, who is set to release a new book called Revenge, he pleaded with Queen Elizabeth and her aides to allow him and his wife to join the other royals on the balcony, but that didn’t happen. Before the jubilee, the palace released a statement that said neither Prince Harry nor Meghan Markle or Prince Andrew would be on the balcony for this year’s festivities, seeing how all three are no longer considered working royals.
Bower wrote in his books, “To achieve this goal Harry asked the Queen’s resistant advisers. When this failed he asked the Queen if he could visit her in Windsor on his way to the Netherlands for the Invictus Games. To secure her agreement, Harry appeared to give the impression that the meeting would offer an ‘olive branch’ to ‘clear the air.’”
What’s more, Bower says that the Sussexes’ surprise meeting with Queen Elizabeth at Windsor was scheduled at the very last minute.
“At the last moment, keen to see her grandson and instinctively forgiving of Meghan, the Queen agreed to meet the couple on April 14,” he added. “William avoided the problem with a previous arrangement to ski with his family in France.”
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