This year Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 60 years on the throne and it’s going to be one of the biggest parties London has ever seen!
But you don’t have to wait until June to get into the Jubilee spirit. Special exhibitions are popping up all over London exploring just about everything regal! Five Diamond Jubilee exhibitions you shouldn’t miss are:
Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton at the V&A
Featuring portraits of The Queen taken by royal photographer Cecil Beaton, this exhibition provides a fascinating glimpse of royal life, from the pomp and ceremony of The Queen’s coronation, to relaxed moments with her family. Extracts from Beaton’s diary accompany the images. Until 22 April
Royal River at the National Maritime Museum
It’s also a special year for the National Maritime Museum as it’s celebrating its 75th birthday! Royal River explores the relationship between the Thames and the British monarchy. Leading historian David Starkey curated the exhibition, which features more than 350 paintings, manuscripts and rare objects. 26 April-9 September
At Home with the Queen at Museum of London
This fun exhibition shows just how much Londoners love The Queen. It features photographic portraits of Londoners at home with their favourite souvenirs of Her Majesty and the Royal Family. You can even see mementos from Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. Best of all, entrance is free! 25 May-28 October
The Queen: Art and Image at the National Portrait Gallery
This exhibition brings together 60 portraits of The Queen from her 60-year reign. The images include painting, photography and press images by artists including Lucian Freud, Andy Warhol and Gerhard Richter. 17 May-21 October
Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration at Buckingham Palace
You’ll actually have to wait until after the Diamond Jubilee for this one, but this sparkling display of diamonds used and worn by British monarchs during the last 200 years is worth the wait. Among the treasures are Queen Victoria’s beautiful miniature crown and the Girls of Great Britain tiara, frequently worn by the Queen. And don’t forget that you’ll get to explore Buckingham Palace too! 30 June-8 July and 31 July-7 October
Go to http://www.visitlondon.com/jubilee for more about Diamond Jubilee events and exhibitions in London.
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