The V&A is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the births of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert with a season of programming and activities. Crowning the V&A’s celebrations is Queen Victoria’s iconic sapphire and diamond coronet as the cenerpiece of the recently-refurbished William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, which re-opened to the public on April 11.
Queen Victoria’s sapphire and diamond coronet was acquired by the V&A in 2017, purchased through the generosity of William & Judith, and Douglas and James Bollinger as a gift to the Nation and the Commonwealth. One of Queen Victoria’s most treasured jewels, it 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.
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.