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The first thing tourists to this year's Palace summer opening will see is an incredible Platinum Jubilee picnic made entirely of felt.The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Lunch is a six-meter-long art installation of a tea party made entirely out of felt. Created by artist Lucy Sparrow, it was first on display at a Platinum Jubilee street party attended by Prince Charles and Camilla during the central weekend of celebrations in June. Featuring a huge array of food and drink including sandwiches, biscuits, sausage rolls, crisps, and cups of tea, it is now in the Palace’s Grand Entrance Portico and is one of the first things that visitors to the Palace will see.
The Queen inherited a vast array of jewels but she turns to time and again to the same tiara, the Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara, for state occasions and formal events. The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara is steeped in history and hails originally from Russia.
Daena Borrowman, PR, Social and Digital Marketing Manager at jewellerybox, said: "The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara is rooted in the Russian Revolution.
"It was commissioned from the Romanov court jeweller Bolin by Duchess Marie or Grand Duchess Vladimir after she became the wife of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia, the uncle of the last Romanov Emperor, Nicholas II.
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"When the Russian royals were forced to flee to safety, her son, Grand Duke Boris, had someone sneak into the Vladimir Palace disguised as a worker and transport all the royal jewels including the Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara to London where the Grand Duchess' son was living in exile."
Many of the Grand Duchess' gems were auctioned after her death to help support her family.
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The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara subsequently fell into the hands of the current Queen's beloved grandmother, Queen Mary, who was famed for her love of jewellery.
Many of the tiaras in the royal collection were collected by Mary, and she made sure to get the Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara fixed after it was damaged in transit during the conflict.
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The Queen also had the frame updated in the 1980s to ensure she could continue to wear the precious piece for decades to come.
The Queen is known to favour the Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara with its dangling pearl additions, but it can also be worn with glistening emeralds.
Another tiara considered a favourite of the Queen is the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara.
This tiara appears on the portraits of the Queen on various coinage and banknotes across the UK and the Commonwealth.
The tiara also previously belonged to Queen Mary, and she was gifted it by a committee chaired by Lady Eva Greville.
Queen Mary gifted the piece to then Princess Elizabeth when she married Prince Philip in 1947, and it has made frequent outings during her reign.
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