The Diamond Queen opens Jubilee Galleries at Westminster Abbey

Her Majesty The Queen visited Westminster Abbey on Friday to officially open The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries. The Queen, accompanied by The Prince of Wales, officially opened the Galleries in the 13th Century Triforium, high above the Abbey’s floor.
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Upon their arrival to Westminster Abbey, Her Majesty and Prince Charles were greeted by the Dean of Westminster – the Very Reverend Dr John Hall – who escorted the duo on a tour of the Galleries.

Westminster Abbey’s Medieval Triforium has been reborn into a new public gallery for Royal treasures following a £23 million transformation. The gallery, which sits 50ft above the Abbey floor, has been hidden from public view for over 700 years. The new Gallery is reached via the Weston Tower – a new tower designed by Ptolemy Dean – a star-shaped structure inspired by the Gothic pattern found across Westminster Abbey’s interiors and sits between the 13th century Chapter House and 16th Century Lady Chapel.
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The Queen and Prince Charles took the time to view some of the exhibits within the Galleries. These exhibits included the 13th century Westminster Retable, the funeral effigy head of King Henry VII and the marriage licence of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The Galleries display 300 objects from Westminster Abbey’s history, some of them on display for the first time ever.

The Dean of Westminster commented, “We look forward to welcoming visitors to the Galleries. The views are breathtaking; the space astonishing; the displays fascinating. The visitor will gain far greater insight into the life and history of the Abbey than ever before. The fulfilment of this vision is a shared achievement we so many people involved. We are profoundly grateful.”
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During their visit, The Queen and Prince Charles met with various donors to the project from the United States and Great Britain as well as contractors and Abbey staff who have been involved with the project since the beginning.

Before her departure, The Queen unveiled a plaque commemorating the official opening of the Galleries.
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The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries open to the public from Monday 11th June.

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