31 October 2012

State Visit from Indonesia, State Banquet

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, together with other members of the Royal Family, gave a state banquet in honor of the President of Indonesia at Buckingham Palace.
Well, I'm digging the gold - a nice change from the White Queen we've seen so often at night. (Saucy gold shoes to match, naturally.) Also: TIARA.



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The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara

The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara, with pearl drops
No tiara is complete without a fascinating backstory, and this one's even got a daring escape. Made by Bolin, it glittered at the Russian royal court on the head of Grand Duchess Vladimir until the revolution, when it was left behind as the family fled. A British agent and friend smuggled it out of Russia to rejoin the exiled Grand Duchess and her collection. After her death, the tiara was bought from her daughter by Queen Mary. It's worn often today by the Queen with pearl or emerald drops, or occasionally with no drops. The pearl drop option has been the most popular with the Queen in recent years, probably owing to her love of white gowns in the evening and accompanying white jewels.

Read more at Order of Splendor.

Appearances (of the pearl version unless otherwise noted):
8 April 2014: State Visit from Ireland (emeralds) 
31 October 2012: State Visit from Indonesia, State Banquet
2011: State Visit from the United States
2010: State Visit from Qatar
1982: State Visit from the Netherlands
1980: State Visit to Vatican City 
Various Years: CHOGM Dinners (pearls, emeralds, and no drops)

Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee Necklace

Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee Necklace
To mark Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887, a committee of ladies was formed to raise money for a commemorative statue of Victoria’s late husband Prince Albert. The committee’s fundraising was quite successful, and they ended up raising far more than was required for the statue. An agreement was formed with the Queen that the excess should go to the St. Katherine’s Fund for Nurses. At the same time, some members of the committee decided that a portion of the funds should be used to purchase a necklace for the Queen – and this was also approved by Her Majesty.
Queen Victoria
The trouble was, the committee did not agree on the necklace. Some felt it would be wrong to spend the funds which had been previously devoted to charity on something else. Much discussion and debate ensued, as is described in depth in Hugh Roberts’ book The Queen’s Diamonds. (My favorite tidbit: Queen Victoria, angry that she wouldn’t get her promised necklace, shot down the prospect of a diamond badge commemorating the nursing fund by declaring she would “at once exchange it for another jewel.” Ouch!)
Queen Elizabeth
In the end, a compromise was reached and this necklace, made for £5000 (far less than the necklace originally proposed) from gold, diamonds, and pearls by Carrington & Co. was presented to Queen Victoria in 1888. It features a central quatrefoil diamond motif with a large pearl in the middle, topped by a crown and underlined with a drop pearl. The next four links in either direction are graduated trefoil motifs; the central piece and the six largest trefoils can also be worn as brooches. Queen Victoria was pleased with the final gift, so much so that she declared it to be an heirloom of the Crown. It doesn’t seem to have been a favorite of the next queens until the current queen gained access to it in 1952. She has worn it frequently in the decades since.
Princess Alexandra of Kent
I have to say that I’m not a big fan of this necklace, but others certainly are: Princess Alexandra of Kent has a replica (minus the crown) given to her by her husband, Angus Ogilvy.

Appearances:
4 June 2014: State Opening of Parliament
8 May 2013: State Opening of Parliament
31 October 2012: State Visit from Indonesia, State Banquet
2011: State Visit from the United States, State Banquet 
1982: State Visit from the Netherlands
Various Years: State Opening of Parliament 
Various Years: CHOGM Dinners

Photos: Leslie Field/Biography/Getty Images/Corbis

Queen Victoria’s Pearl Drop Earrings

Queen Victoria's Pearl Drop Earrings
Queen Victoria received many presents of jewelry from her design-inclined husband, Prince Albert. Among them were these pearl drop earrings, each featuring a large pear-shaped pearl drop underneath two diamonds. The diamond studs were previously part of the royal collection.
Queen Victoria wearing the same or a similar pair
Victoria received them in 1847, and left them to the Crown when she died. They are now worn by Queen Elizabeth.
Queen Elizabeth
The earrings are a fairly basic design, and comparable pieces can be found in other jewelry collections around the world (and perhaps more than one time in the Queen's collection). Queen Victoria was pictured wearing a similar pair prior to Albert’s gift. The simple design is precisely why they are perhaps my favorite of the Queen’s pearl earrings – they’re a nice contrast to some of her more complicated necklaces and brooches.

Appearances:
4 June 2014: State Opening of Parliament 
8 May 2013: State Opening of Parliament
April 2013: Recent Portrait Releases
31 October 2012: State Visit from Indonesia, State Banquet
2011: State Visit from the United States, State Banquet 
Various Years: State Opening of Parliament  
Various Years: The Garter Service
Various Years: CHOGM Dinners 

Photos: Getty Images/Corbis

Queen Mary's Pearl Bracelet

Queen Mary's Pearl Bracelet
One of Queen Mary's many treasures, this bracelet has five rows of pearls and a diamond clasp. It was inherited by the Queen on Queen Mary's death in 1953, and she wears it today with her pearl jewelry.
Queen Mary (left) and Queen Elizabeth (right)

Appearances:
31 October 2012: State Visit from Indonesia, State Banquet
2011: State Visit from the United States, State Banquet 

Photos: PA/Leslie Field

Pearl Evening Watch

The Pearl Evening Watch
The Queen always wears a watch on her left wrist, including for evening and formal engagements. This is her pearl version, worn usually when she uses her pearl and diamond jewelry. It is a pearl bracelet of 5 strands with a diamond clasp and a central watch face in a diamond frame. Surrounding the watch face on either side are shorter pearl strands that hang down when the watch is in use.

Appearances:
4 June 2014: State Opening of Parliament 
8 May 2013: State Opening of Parliament
31 October 2012: State Visit from Indonesia, State Banquet
2011: State Visit from the United States
2010: State Visit from Qatar 
2008: State Visit from France, State Banquet 

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Royal Family Orders

The Royal Family Orders of King George V (left) and King George VI (right)
King George IV started a practice in the British royal family which continues today: the awarding of family orders. These are diamond-set portraits of the monarch suspended from a silk bow (the color varying by reign), and they are today given to female royal family members of the sovereign's choosing as a personal gift. Queen Elizabeth was first given her grandfather George V's order, set on pale blue silk, followed by her father George VI's, on pink silk, and she wears them both today. (A royal lady can wear all the family orders she has at once.) The orders are positioned on the left shoulder.
They are worn for the most formal events, and can usually be seen on the Queen when she's at a tiara event. Other family members wear the Queen's own order, and certain other royal families have similar practices. Read more at Order of Splendor.

Appearances:
21 October 2014: State Visit from Singapore
5 November 2013: State Visit from South Korea
27 November 2012: State Visit from Kuwait
31 October 2012: State Visit from Indonesia
6 February 2012: Official Diamond Jubilee Portrait
2009: State Visit from India
1998: State Visit from Japan
1983: State Visit to Sweden
1982: State Visit from the Netherlands
1980: State Visit to Vatican City 
Various Years: CHOGM Dinners
Various Years: Diplomatic Receptions

Photos: Royal Collection

State Visit from Indonesia, Welcome Ceremony

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh welcomed the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and Mrs. Yudhoyono at the beginning of their State Visit to the United Kingdom.
This is a new brooch to feature here on the blog - but I believe it's actually one we've seen before, a question mark from this summer. See below.


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The Rose Gold Brooch

The Rose Gold Brooch
This brooch strongly resembles the Diamond and Gold Rose Brooch in its arched overall shape and floral design, but features two blossoms and seems to include some colored metals - perhaps a selection of colors of gold set with diamonds, though a selection of colored stones could also be a possibility. I'll call it the Rose Gold Brooch, though that is not definite.
Seeing it at the welcoming ceremony for the President of Indonesia's state visit, I believe this is the floral brooch which seemed to be the Diamond and Gold Rose Brooch but with two flowers seen in video at the Olympic Heads of State Reception.

Appearances:
21 June 2014: Royal Ascot, Day Five
17 April 2014: Royal Maundy Service
18 June 2013: Royal Ascot, Day One
31 October 2012: State Visit from Indonesia, Welcoming Ceremony
27 July 2012: Olympic Heads of State Reception

Photos: Getty Images/CNN

30 October 2012

Our Extraordinary World Gala

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh attended "Our Extraordinary World: A Gala Performance" at the Royal Opera House.
This is a sparkly week, and our Lil is kicking it off with rubies. Ruby earrings, rubies and diamonds on one wrist and diamonds on the other, and pearls around the neck. It looks from the side as though her necklace is a double strand of pearls with a ruby clasp with a longer single strand of pearls.

Triple Strand Pearl Necklace (Two Strand plus One Strand)

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Queen Mary's Ruby Cluster Earrings

Queen Mary's Ruby Cluster Earrings
These ruby and diamond earrings were a 59th birthday gift from King George V to his wife, Queen Mary, in 1926. Each one features a large ruby with nine brilliants clustered around. According to Leslie Field in The Queen's Jewels, Mary officially included them with the other pieces of Crown ruby jewelry (such as the Crown ruby necklace and pendant earrings) that same year, and in 1947 they were given to the present Queen by her parents.
The Queen has made regular use of the cluster earrings since they were given to her. Though they aren't her only ruby earring option, their simple design makes them easy to wear with other more complicated pieces of jewelry.

Appearances:
3 July 2014: Order of the Thistle Service
30 October 2012: Our Extraordinary World Gala
2003: Festival of Remembrance 
1983: State Visit to Sweden  
Various Years: State Opening of Parliament  
Various Years: The Garter Service

Photos: Leslie Field/Getty Images/Polfoto

Diamond and Ruby Bracelet

Diamond and Ruby Bracelet
Among the Queen's collection of rubies is this bracelet of a solid diamond Art Deco-like design studded with rubies.
She alternates this with the other ruby bracelets in her collection, including another larger Art Deco design.

Appearances:
30 October 2012: Our Extraordinary World Gala

Photos: Corbis/Getty Images

26 October 2012

Drapers’ Academy Opening

The Queen, Freeman of The Drapers’ Company, opened the Drapers’ Academy school near Rumford, Essex.
A new-to-the-blog brooch, huzzah!


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The Drapers’ Company Badge

The Drapers' Company Badge
The Drapers’ Company is one of the livery companies, or trade associations, in the City of London, and the Queen is its Freeman. As such, she has this special badge to wear as a brooch for related engagements.
The Drapers' Company Coat of Arms
The badge is mimics the company’s coat of arms, which depicts “three sunbeams issuing from three flaming clouds crowned with three Imperial crowns of gold on a shield of azure”. The blue background looks to be enamel, with detailing in gold and a glittering surround. Framing the oval are words, likely the company's motto, "Unto God Only Be Honour and Glory".

Appearances: 
26 October 2012: Drapers’ Academy Opening

Photos: WPA Pool/Getty Images/Wikipedia

25 October 2012

Visit to the South Bank

The Queen reopened the Jubilee Gardens and visited the British Film Institute in London.
Behold: the rare official engagement without a brooch. But she wore purple and sported one of her snappy matching umbrellas, so I’ll forgive her.

24 October 2012

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen received the Ambassadors of Equatorial Guinea and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan at Buckingham Palace.
Yes, these audiences aren't exactly thrilling engagements, but look! One where we can identify the brooch! Rejoice in the little things.


Photo: PA

The King Faisal Diamond Necklace

The Queen's King Faisal Necklace
This Harry Winston design is a fairly well-known member of the Queen's diamond necklace collection. It features a combination of baguette, brilliant, and pear-shape diamonds; the first row is baguettes, the second alternates baguettes with two brilliants, the third includes loops of baguettes and individual brilliants, and the last row includes pear drop and brilliant pendants. The necklace seems somewhat petite in use, but the diamonds come in at just under 84 carats.
The Queen
The necklace was made as a stock piece for the jeweler in 1952 and was purchased by King Faisal of Saudi Arabia in 1967 as a gift to present to the Queen on a state visit to the United Kingdom. The Queen has worn it for the occasional evening event in the years since the visit.
Diana, Princess of Wales
One of the reasons this particular necklace has become somewhat well-known is because it is one of the pieces of her collection which she will loan out to family members. She's only done so twice that we know of: to the Princess of Wales for a visit to Australia in 1983, and to the Countess of Wessex for the pre-wedding gala dinner for the Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg in 2012.
The Countess of Wessex
I've always liked this necklace; it's a nice compromise between modern jewelry designs and traditional jewels. I think it would make an interesting tiara, though the Queen doesn't really have a need to try such a thing out. Regardless, I'd love to see her continue to loan it out to various family members.

Appearances: 
19 October 2012: The Pre-Wedding Gala Dinner in Luxembourg (on the Countess of Wessex, at Order of Splendor)
1991: Balmoral Ghillies Ball 
1988: Official Visit to the Netherlands 

Photos: Leslie Field/Getty Images/Cour grand-ducale

23 October 2012

Team GB Reception

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by members of the Royal Family, held a reception for Team GB Olympic and Paralympic medalists at Buckingham Palace.
And she's reunited with her beloved Cullinans, here wearing the Cullinan V brooch, after allowing them to be displayed at Buckingham Palace this summer. I had a chance to see the exhibition, and all I can say is this: sparkly.


Photo: PA

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen received the Ambassadors of Spain and Bosnia and Herzegovina at Buckingham Palace.
Ooh, pretty color. Love Lilibet in red.

Unidentified Brooch

Photo: Bauer Griffin

20 October 2012

British Champions Day at Royal Ascot

The Queen, with other members of the royal family, visited Ascot Racecourse for the Qipco British Champions Day.
The coconut cake hat returns! The Jardine Star is back in action too, well rested after its summer break.


Photos:PA

19 October 2012

18 October 2012

17 October 2012

The Gold Filigree Brooch

The Gold Filigree Brooch
This gold brooch, seemingly studded with diamonds, has a circular floral pattern delicately cut like filigree (hence the name I'm using). I have yet to come across any identifying information on this one; it appeared at a reception given for the Diamond Jubilee, and if that was its first public appearance, a jubilee gift might be a good guess. But this is pure speculation.

Appearances:
29 May 2014: Leonard Cheshire Disability Reception
19 October 2013: British Champions Day at Royal Ascot
16 October 2012: Diamond Jubilee Reception

Photo: PA

16 October 2012

Diamond Jubilee Reception

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh hosted a reception for those involved in organizing and supporting the events of the Diamond Jubilee this year.
And she makes up for a run of three events in the same brooches with something interesting! I'm racking my brain on this one, and haven't come up with a match yet. Seems to be a delicate gold design, filigree almost, and perhaps set with some small diamonds. More pondering required. Thoughts or further information?


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Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen received the Ambassador of Argentina and the Indian High Commissioner for audiences at Buckingham Palace.
Let's make it three in a row, why not?! The Aquamarine Clips are having a moment.


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14 October 2012

Updates from the Past

As time allows, I add events and jewels worn in the past by the Queen. I'm currently working my way back through the 2012 events which occurred before the blog started. These posts are dated back to when they actually occurred, so they don't appear on the front page of the blog. In case you missed them, here are the latest past event and jewel updates:












12 October 2012

Eton Jubilee Celebration

The Queen visited Eton College for dinner and a concert in celebration of her Diamond Jubilee.
Hmm, this looks familiar...oh that's right. Déjà vu! Well, good to see her out and about at any rate, since she pulled out of an investiture earlier in the day due to a bad back.


Photo:PA

10 October 2012

Diamond Jubilee Pageant Reception

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh gave a reception for the organizers and supporters of the Diamond Jubilee Pageant at Windsor Castle.
The Aquamarine Clips seem to have a cozy little spot as the cocktail brooches, don't they?


Photo: PA

09 October 2012

Windsor and Eton Society Jubilee Tribute

The Queen unveiled the Windsor and Eton Society Diamond Jubilee Tribute at King Edward Court Shopping Centre in Windsor.
She's back to the regular public grind (yay) and she's wearing amethyst (YAY). She loves me, she really loves me.
P.S.: For those feeling deprived after the long Balmoral break and nearly no appearances by the Queen, note that not only is she back to public engagements, but two incoming state visits have been announced to take place before the end of the year:  the President of Indonesia arrives on October 31st, and the Emir of Kuwait arrives on November 27th. Never fear, kids, tiaras are on the horizon.



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08 October 2012

Aberdeen Airport

The Queen flew out of Aberdeen Airport on her way back to England to resume normal engagements.
Click here for more pictures, if corgis boarding planes is your thing.

Unidentified Brooch

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