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The State Rooms at the heart of Buckingham Palace provide the setting for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining. Here the Queen welcomes guests from all walks of life. The rooms predominantly reflect the taste of George IV, who commissioned the architect John Nash to transform what had previously been known as Buckingham House into a Grand Palace. Today they are furnished with many great treasures from the Royal Collection. You can see paintings by Vermeer and Canaletto, sculpture by Canova, exquisite Sevres porcelain and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world, with many works still in the historic settings for which they were originally acquired. Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Accession Special Display 22 July-2 October Visitors to the Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace between 22 July and 2 October 2022 will see the special display Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Accession, which will feature the first official portraits of The Queen, taken by Dorothy Wilding, alongside items of Her Majesty’s personal jewellery worn for the portrait sittings. Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne on 6 February 1952. Just 20 days later, the first official photographic sitting with the new Queen was granted to the photographer Dorothy Wilding. In 1937 Wilding had become the first official female photographer when she was appointed to take the portraits at the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother). The series of photographs that Wilding took of The Queen in 1952 became known around the world, forming the basis of The Queen’s image on postage stamps from 1953 until 1971, as well as providing the official portrait of Her Majesty that was sent to every British embassy around the world. Visitors to the Buckingham Palace display will also see the magnificent Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara, which was a wedding gift to Princess Victoria Mary of Teck later Queen Mary, on the occasion of her marriage to the future King George V in 1893. Queen Mary gave the tiara to her granddaughter, Princess Elizabeth, as a wedding present for her marriage to Prince Phillip on 20 November 1947.
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