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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

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Glittering new display is jewel in Beacon’s crown

A REGAL display of memorabilia to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee has opened at The Beacon in Whitehaven.

Diamond Days, which opened this week, displays images of royal visits to Copeland over the years.

But the centrepiece of the exhibit is six replica crown jewels, glittering symbols of Britain’s royal family produced by London-based company Juliette Designs.

The display includes St Edward’s Crown (the crown used to crown a monarch at a coronation ceremony), the Imperial State Crown (made in 1838 for the coronation of Queen Victoria), the Royal Orb and Sceptre (held by the sovereign during coronation), Queen Mary’s Crown and the Queen Mother’s Crown.

The exhibition is open until June 5, but the jewels will be on display only until May 27. Evening tours are available and schools are invited to arrange a visit on 01946 592302.

Also opening at The Beacon this week has been Martin Midwood’s collection of maritime paintings, At The Water’s Edge, which runs until May 24.


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