The Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Processional Cross will be used at religious services and State occasions, including at the Cenotaph, and will replace the current cross in the Chapel Royal, St. James’s Palace, London. It will be used during weekly services there and in other places of worship and on Royal visits around the UK and overseas. It is expected to be used at the National Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s reign at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Friday 3rd June during the Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend.
The cross has been made by Royal Warrant-holding company, Thomas Lyte, Goldsmiths and Silversmiths, from one of their designs chosen by Her Majesty. The silver-gilt cross is made of 2.8 kilograms of sterling silver and mounted on a staff of oak from the Sandringham Estate to stand at a height of 2.2 metres. The project took 340 craft hours, involving every aspect of silversmithing, many of these skills dating back to antiquity.