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Queen Elizabeth receives perfume present

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been given a bespoke perfume as a Christmas gift.

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) created the special fragrance to mark the monarch's Diamond Jubilee year on the throne.

The exclusive scent is inspired by diamonds and the 1950s, with ingredients sourced across the commonwealth countries.

Perfumers Stephene Bengana and Ange Stavrevka were drafted in by the RSC to collaborate on making the scent reflective of the length of time the queen has held the throne.

This was achieved by using fragrances that were characteristically worn at the time of her coronation.

"Sensual florals were popular during this era as were fresh and lively green accords both of which feature," Ange explained to British newspaper the Daily Mail.

These notes were combined with a variety of other exotic influences to create a custom made aroma.

The perfume has a light sweet scent formed from peach and pear notes combined with Lily of the valley, rose, Indian Jasmine and Tuberose oils.

It also has added Canadian Cedar Leaf oil giving a deeper, slightly warmer edge to the fragrance and Jamaican Pimento Leaf, Sri Lankan Cinnamon leaf and Australian Sandalwood oils also help form the warm subtle base behind the perfume.

The President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Professor Lesley Yellowlees explained why they chose to bestow the gift to the monarch this year.

He revealed the scent, which will not be made available for the public to buy, is a highly personal creation to reflect the queen's personality.

"The RSC, of which the Queen is Patron, wished to mark her Majesty's jubilee in a special fashion and with her agreement, we set about creating something that would echo her own interests while having a unique aroma," the Professor revealed.

The finished product has been named Adamas, the Greek word for diamond.

It was presented to the queen this week contained in a bespoke crystal bottle specially designed by Yorkshire glassmakers David Saunders and Andrew Wallace.

The bottle was made from recycled red, gold and pink glass fashioned from Darlington crystal.

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