DIAMOND DIADEM To celebrate her Diamond Jubilee, Queen Elizabeth II has allowed some of her prized jewels to be displayed at Buckingham Palace starting June 30, including the Diamond Diadem, originally created in 1821 for King George IV. A favorite of the Queen's, the stately crown features roses, thistles and shamrocks – the symbols of England, Scotland and Ireland.
True lover's knot: The Queen’s choice of jewellery is always carefully thought out. Close to her sister Princess Margaret, she wore this diamond brooch, inherited from Queen Mary, to her wedding. She also wore it, romantically, to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton last year to celebrate their ‘true love’
HRH Queen Elizabeth II Britain's poses at Howe Barracks in Canterbury, Kent with the 1st Battalion of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders with the Wilkinson Sword of Peace for establishing good relations with communities during their service in Iraq
HRM Queen Elizabeth II - There have been many iconic photos of the Queen, but this one taken by famous photographer Annie Leibovitz conveys her regality while presenting her in a state of contemplation accented by the eternally inclement English weather. Taken in Buckingham Palace, the shot caused a furor in the British tabloid press when Leibovitz asked the Queen to remove her crown. Date: 2007. Photographer: Annie Leibovitz.
Queen Elizabeth II, 1947. Princess Elizabeth wore a full length silk gown made of ivory duchesse satin, designed by Norman Hartnell. The dress, with a 15-foot train that was attached at the shoulders, was embroidered at the neckline, as well as along the sleeve edges, the front bodice and throughout the skirt and train with garlands of orange blossoms, jasmine, the white rose of York, and ears of wheat. Ten thousand seed pearls were used for the embroidery. It is said that women from all…