The Official commemorative Diamond Jubilee Chess Pieces.
To commemorate one of the most momentous event in the long history of the British monarchy, these stunning hand-made chess pieces celebrate the 60 magnificent years since Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne in 1952.
Presented unpainted in stone and dark brown, these pieces look elegantly understated and display the same level of detail as the hand painted versions.
King : HRH The Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip was installed as a Knight of the Garter in 1948 by the Queen's father, King George VI. Both King George and his consort, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother are buried in St Georges' Chapel. Price Philip's robes are similar to those of the Sovereign except that the badge of the Order in embroidered on the mantle rather than the Star.
Queen : HM The Queen Elizabeth II acceded to the throne in February 1952. She was installed as a Lady of the Order of the Garter during a service in 1948. Her Majesty is shown wearing the Sovereign's robes of the Order, a mantle of blue velvet with the Garter Star embroidered on the left hand side. The Queen wears around her neck the collar of the Order from which hangs the famous motif of St George fighting the dragon.
Bishop : Right Rev. David Conner who as the dean of Windsor, is also the Register of the Order of the Garter. A number of Deans of Windsor have been Bishops before being designated to Windsor. bishop Conner is dressed in convocation robes and around his neck wears both a pectoral cross and the badge of the Register of the order of the Garter.
Knight : A Military Knight of Windsor The Military Knights of Windsor were founded in 1348 as part of the College of St George, and today comprise a Governor and twelve officers. they live within Windsor Castle and regularly attend services to pray for the Sovereign and Knights of the Garter.
Rook : The Round Tower of Windsor Castle Windsor Castle dates from the earliest days after the Norman Conquest in 1066 and has belonged to the Sovereigns of England for over 900 years. The earliest stone keep was built in the late 12th century by Henry II and was raised to its present height in 1830 to become Windsor Castle's most famous landmark.
Pawn : Chorister The choir of St George's Chapel consists of 23 boys who attend St George's School & 12 Lay Clerks - professional male singers. The Chapel choir sings at eight services a week during term time.
Height of King is 13.4cm - 5 1/4 inches
Weight of King is 145g
Height of Pawn is is 9.5cm
Weight of Pawn is 68g
King's Base Diameter is 4.3cm
Overall Weight is 2.6kg
Materials used - Stone Resin Composite
Suitable for Boards with a Square Diameter of 5.0 cm and above.