Queen Victoria's sapphire and diamond coronet

Produced as part of Queen Victoria & Prince Albert's Bicentenary

Ran from 2 April 2019 to 1 September 2019

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Queen Victoria's stunning sapphire and diamond coronet is on permanent public display in our Jewellery Galleries – home to our world-class jewellery collection.

One of Victoria's most treasured jewels, the coronet was designed for her by Prince Albert in 1840 – the royal couple's wedding year – and made by Joseph Kitching, partner at Kitching and Abud.

In 1842, Victoria wore the newly completed coronet in a famous portrait by Franz Xaver Winterhalter. Over twenty years later, Victoria wore the coronet instead of her crown in 1866 when she felt able to open Parliament for the first time since Albert's death in 1861, with her crown carried on a cushion.

The coronet was acquired through the generosity of William & Judith, and Douglas and James Bollinger as a gift to the Nation and the Commonwealth.

Background image: Queen Victoria's sapphire and diamond coronet, designed by Prince Albert, made by Joseph Kitching, 1840 - 42, London. Purchased through the generosity of William & Judith, and Douglas and James Bollinger as a gift to the Nation and the Commonwealth. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London