09 May 2012

The George VI Festoon Necklace

The George VI Festoon Necklace
In 1950, King George VI had a diamond necklace created for his daughter Princess Elizabeth using 105 loose collets that were among the Crown heirlooms he inherited. (These, according to Hugh Roberts, had been used by Queen Mary to change the lengths of her multiple diamond collet necklaces, hence their loose status in the collection.) The end result is this take on a triple strand necklace: three strands of graduated collets suspended between two diamond triangles, with a single collet strand at the back. This is also called simply the Queen’s Festoon Necklace, though I’ll use George VI’s name to be a little more specific.
Even though her collection of diamond necklaces has vastly increased since 1950, this is still a favorite with the Queen and she wears it on a fairly regular basis.

Appearances:
9 May 2012: State Opening of Parliament
1983: State Visit to Sweden  
1978: State Visit to Germany
1972: State Visit from the Netherlands
1967: Visit to Malta 
1965: State Visit to Germany   
1960: State Visit from France  
1958: State Visit from Germany
1958: State Visit to the Netherlands 
Various Years: State Opening of Parliament 

Photos: Leslie Field/Corbis