New Crown Jewels exhibition to mark Diamond Jubilee

A new Crown Jewels exhibition opens in London this month as part of celebrations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

From March 29th, visitors to luxury London hotels will be able to take a short trip to the Tower of London to see the famous Crown Jewels displayed in a completely new and engaging way.

A new introductory exhibition has been designed, featuring evocative graphics, music and film footage, which will help visitors to explore the importance of the Crown Jewels to the British Monarchy, the role of the Tower in protecting these treasures and the tradition of coronations in England.

A major theme of the new exhibition will be the coronation ceremony and its role in British history.

New displays will examine how the regalia are used during the ceremony, and explore the symbolism of each object.

It will also feature newly restored film footage of Her Majesty the Queen's coronation in 1953, and Handel's coronation anthems will be heard as visitors move through the exhibition.

"The Crown Jewels, renowned for their beauty and historical significance, capture the imagination of visitors worldwide," said Michael Day, chief executive of Historic Royal Palaces.

"This new display … gives them a home fit for the 21st century. With all eyes on London in 2012 for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games, this display will enable us to showcase Britain's most prized treasures in all their glory." 

The Crown Jewels will be exhibited with improved lighting to showcase their true beauty, while other new features include tactile three-dimensional models for visually impaired visitors and a lift offering level access to a raised viewing platform for the first time.

Events will be taking place across London and the UK this year in the build up to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, culminating in special celebrations in London on June 5th.

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