- A gift from her grandfather, King George V; this necklace is identified below.
- One The Queen had made from graduated family pearls; this necklace is also identified below.
- A gift for her coronation in 1953 from the Emir of Qatar, with a diamond clasp. We can only speculate which necklace this may be.
The Queen's Three Strand Necklace of Family Pearls
The King George V Three Strand Pearl Necklace
Other Three Strand Pearl NecklacesThe Queen's collection also includes several other variations on the triple strand theme, including longer and larger necklaces worn for evening occasions. The coronation gift from Qatar referenced above is likely among these, and Angela Kelly's book, Dressing the Queen, pictures one triple strand with an ornate pearl and diamond clasp. The examples below are some that I believe to be different from each other; there are certainly more of them that I do not show here. Because of the difficulties in differentiating between pearl necklaces as discussed above, I do not attempt to give these individual identifications on this blog.
There is a diamond and pearl clasp on this particular three strand necklace that I believe corresponds to the necklace shown in the Kelly book:
This option looks a little longer, with closely spaced pearls of a mostly even size. It appears to have a diamond (and possibly pearl) clasp:
These pearls are longer, with fewer gaps between strands:
And this is the longest triple strand I’ve seen The Queen wear, with huge spaces between the strands:
Just a selection, a few of who knows how many possible options, given all The Queen has been given and has inherited over the years.
My thanks to reader Franck and to posters on the Royal Jewels of the World Message Board, particularly Baxter, for sharing research on these necklaces, and to Jelena for calling attention to the RJWMB post here.
Appearances: The Queen's Three Strand Necklace of Family Pearls is seen almost every day, and so those appearances not listed individually here (they are all tagged, and can be seen by clicking here). The events listed below are those at which a different three strand pearl necklace was worn, but as stated above, I rarely try to identify them beyond that.
4 December 2013: Audiences at Buckingham Palace
27 November 2013: Audiences at Buckingham Palace
9 November 2013: Festival of Remembrance
3 June 2013: Royal National Institute of Blind People Reception
13 May 2012: Windsor Horse Show Diamond Jubilee Pageant
2000: State Visit to Italy, Papal Audience
Various Years: Festival of Remembrance
Various Years: Christmas Broadcast
Photos: via Getty Images as indicated; British Monarchy, PA