The Platinum Jubilee: Portraits Of British Queens And Tiaras On Display

Portraits of British Queens from Mary I to Elizabeth II, drawn from private collections, will go on display together for the first time at Platinum Jubilee ceremonies.

The exhibition will be held in London at the auction house Sotheby's from 28 May to 15 June, according to The Guardian.

The Portraits Of British Queens Are On Display

Queen Elizabeth I's Armada portrait commemorating the failed Spanish invasion of England in 1588, a rare contemporary painting of Sovereign Mary I, and Andy Warhol's richly colored 1985 image of today's monarch are among the highlights of the free exhibition that focuses on each of Britain's seven queens.

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom is the longest-reigning monarch in British history. She will turn 96 on 21 of April, marking her Platinum Jubilee in February. The British government is planning four days of events in her honor from 2-5 June.

Royal Tiaras Presented At The Exhibition

The exhibition will also hold on display 50 tiaras on loan from aristocratic houses in Britain and of European provenance.

The tiaras showcase the history of stately jewelry since the late 18th century when they were introduced into courtly fashion by Napoleon Bonaparte and Empress Josephine.

Among the 50 precious pieces of jewelry is also included an impressive diamond tiara from the 1880s.

The exhibitions are part of a jubilee arts festival organized by Sotheby's, a partner, in collaboration with luxury car manufacturer Aston Martin.

An exhibition of rare manuscripts will feature the death sentence of Thomas Percy, 7th Earl of Northumberland, signed by Elizabeth I and sealed with her private seal, which is on loan from Alnwick Castle.

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