The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries To Open To The Public

Inside the Queen's Secret Gallery

A 700-year-old space in Westminster Abbey opens for the first time. Care to step inside the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Gallery?

Just 50 feet above the main floor of London's Westminster Abbey sits a 13th-century gallery that has never been accessible to the public. That's about to change. Opening on June 11, 2018, the newly renovated medieval space (which cost over $30 million to refit) has been filled with hundreds of priceless treasures that tell the story of the abbey's 1000-year history. Here, a sneak peek at what's inside the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries:

Like Mother, Like Son Leon Neal/Getty Images Like Mother, Like Son A funeral effigy of Catherine Sheffield, Duchess of Buckingham (1735) and her son Robert Sheffield, Marquess of Normanby. License to Wed BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images License to Wed Sure to draw crowds, the marriage licence for Prince William and Catherine Middleton will be on display for the first time. Something Old, Something New BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images Something Old, Something New Tim Crawley's 1992 stone sculpture "Models of Monarchs" sits next to painted glass panels from the 13th century. I'm Henry VII, I Am BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images I'm Henry VII, I Am A lifelike effigy head of Henry VII, which was carried on the king's coffin. Twenty-one funeral effigies from the 14th to early 17th century will be displayed at the gallery. Saints and Martyrs Leon Neal/Getty Images Saints and Martyrs Figures of modern Christian martyrs, including Martin Luther King (third from the left). Yes, Queen BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images Yes, Queen Ralph Heimans' 2012 oil painting "The Coronation Theare: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II."



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