Diamond Days The Crown Jewels! at The Beacon
It would be easy to think that up here in West Cumbria, you might miss out on the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. However, that is not the case for Copeland. The Beacon is celebrating the lead up to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in style by displaying some of the most famous symbols of the British Monarchy.
Opening on Monday 14th May as part of an exhibition of memorabilia relating to the reign of HM Queen Elizabeth II, Copeland Borough Council’s museum will be displaying a collection of no less than six replica Crown Jewels. These glittering symbols of British Royalty will be on display alongside an exhibition looking back at Royal Visits to Copeland.
These beautiful replicas have been produced for Royal Exhibitions by the London-based company Juliette Designs, who manufacture jewellery for film, theatre, shows and the bridal industry. Their replica Crown Jewels are exhibited worldwide.
The exhibition entitled Diamond Days, will be displayed in The Beacon Gallery on the second floor of the museum from Monday 14th May to Tuesday 5th June.
The replica crown jewels will be on display at The Beacon for a limited time only – Monday 14th to Sunday 27th May. During this time, special evening tours of the jewels will be available. Phone The Beacon directly on 01946 592302 for details and bookings.
Schools are also encouraged to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. There is no charge for school groups to visit the exhibition, however due to the anticipated demand, special slots have been set aside for schools to book. Please call The Beacon’s Learning Team on 01946 592302, to make sure your school group doesn’t miss out.
LITTLE EUROPE IN BANGKOK
Little Europe in Bangkok – Thailand
Central Chidlom invites those in love with Europe to the “Central European Flair” featuring the best of European cultures, arts, architecture and products from March 6-25.
Held in collaboration with the embassies of Italy, the United Kingdom and France, the cultural fair presents the overall mood and tone within the department store in a truly European atmosphere with decoration in the form of famous architecture and landmarks from Europe.
Among the highlights are stunning replicas of Italy’s Leaning Tower of Pisa at the Lobby Lounge on the 1st floor, France’s Eiffel Tower rising elegantly from the Piano Hall to the 7th floor and the UK’s Big Ben Clock Tower standing 13 metres tall at the Emerald Square amid a lovely British-style garden setting.
European arches will also adorn window displays, while a French subway station, European telephone booths and buses will be on showcase on the 3rd floor.
Many of the best shows and activities from Europe will also be imported exclusively for the fair. Among them is a special service from top Italian shoemaker Giovanna Zanella, who is offering a pair of made-to-order shoes starting from 20,000 baht. Another special treat from Italy is a mask-making demonstration by legendary mask-maker Guerrino Lovato. However, both of them will offer their special services between March 6 and 9 only.
The “Central European Flair” will also be filled with spectacular performances, including the “Moulin Rouge”. Trained by the Moulin Rouge film’s official choreographer, Claire Duport, the dancing troupe will be staging their marvellous show from March 20-23.
Moreover, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the event period will see delightful performances such as La Soprano by Carole Boy Ferron, the traditional British puppet show entitled “Punch & Judy”, Scottish pipe performances, Charlie Chaplin show, a parade by Buckingham Palace’s guards and accordion music show from France.
However, the absolute highlight of the fair is sure to be an extraordinary display of magnificent replicas of British regalia:
- King George IV State Diadem. Made in 1820 for the coronation of George IV, the diadem included 1333 diamonds weighing 327.75 carats, and 169 pearls along the base. In between the four crosses it features the rose, thistle and shamrock, which are symbols of England, Scotland and Ireland.
- Queen Mother’s Crown. Created in 1937 for the coronation of Queen Consort Elizabeth, the wife of George VI, the crown contains 2800 diamonds. Set on the band are four alternate cross pattee and fleur-de-lis. The front cross pattee features the famous Koh-i-Noor diamond.
- The Imperial State Crown. Considered the most magnificent of all the Crown Regalia, the crown was made in 1838 for the coronation of Queen Victoria and then altered for the coronation of George VI in 1937 and Elizabeth II in 1953. It is modern in design and set with 4 rubies, 11 emeralds, 17 sapphires, 277 pearls and over 3,000 diamonds.
- Queen Victoria’s Diamond Crown. Created as a replacement for the Imperial State Crown, which was too heavy, the small crown was perhaps most associated with Queen Victoria as it was also placed on her coffin before her funeral. The piece contains 1,187 diamonds.
All of the five replicas are made as near as possible to the original pieces and visitors can learn about the regalia’s interesting backgrounds free of charge.
For more information, please call +0044 207 273 7878