“Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend”: The Other Crown Jewels with Sean Moran - Context Travel

“Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend”: The Other Crown Jewels with Sean Moran

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Queen Elizabeth in her dazzling crown is a familiar image across the globe. But did you know that Her Majesty The Queen doesn’t in fact own them? She only holds them in trust for all future monarchs of the United Kingdom. She does however own one of the world's greatest, oldest, and most historic collections of diamonds – in this conversation we will highlight the best examples of these shining minerals.

This is a visual presentation of the highlights of the collection and the stories behind them. What is the connection between the illegitimate daughter of a brewery multimillionaire and some of the most splendid jewels in the private collection? Which tiara broke just at the wrong moment in the Queen’s life? We’ll also discuss the Queen’s grandmother who wore the largest and second largest brilliant cut diamonds in the world, a total of over 800 carats, as a broach.

Led by Sean Moran one of London's renowned Blue Badge Guides, and an expert on the history and contemporary lives of the British Royal Family. This interactive seminar will share with you some of the most spectacular pieces of jewellery in Her Majesty’s private collection. Designed to Inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a more intimate knowledge of the stories behind the collection as well as a visual feast of images of Her Majesty the Queen and the younger members of the British Royal Family who get to wear some of this remarkable collection.

Photo credit: Library and Archives Canada

Since leaving university in 1982, Sean has lived and worked across the globe in a nearly 30-year career as a senior executive in financial services. He put his skills and knowledge to work in the Charity Sector in the UK for 7 years but decided life was too short to not focus entirely on his passions for people, history, art and architecture. When not guiding, Sean is restoring a Georgian House and serving as a Parish Councillor. He is a freeman of the City of London and a freeman of the City Livery company of Clockmakers. He lives in London and Wiltshire.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.