The royal tour of India and Pakistan is captured in a multi-part film by British Pathé. It's splendid, in that glorious way old news reports always are, with coverage that sounds over the top to our modern ears (this one captures the "Entire Journey in the Magic of Technicolor," even). It's also the best way to understand the lavish reception that greeted The Queen and Prince Philip. The crowds were enormous, the displays were incredibly colorful. Check it out:
Brooches: the Williamson Diamond, the Cullinan V, the Round Cambridge Emerald, the full Teck Corsage, Queen Victoria's Bow Brooch, the Women of Hampshire Brooch, the Cullinan VI and VIII.
And, of course, there were the tiaras. As was typical of trips at this time, there were multiple tiara occasions; I've highlighted only some of those with ties to our recent discussion about jewels with Indian connections. Given our discussion about the appropriateness of wearing such pieces in the region, it's interesting to see how The Queen herself handled it. In India, she wore the Ruby and Diamond Floral Bandeau Necklace, and in Pakistan, a few key pieces:
The connection of the Coronation set may not be well known, but another set with ties better known was also present:
Cambridge Emeralds and the Delhi Durbar Parure returned to the region for the first time since the 1911 Delhi Durbar for which pieces of the set were made. Of course, her favorite version happens to be heavy on the Cambridge emerald part of the equation and less on the same Delhi Durbar portion worn by Queen Mary in 1911. Mary's green stones were in the Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara, the Delhi Durbar Necklace and Earrings and Bracelet (not pictured), and the Round Cambridge Emerald Brooch. She's also wearing the Order of Pakistan (the sash has since changed). Personally, I don't expect to see any of these particular pieces loaned out anytime soon, but it is food for thought after our recent discussion.
Photos: British Pathé / AP screencaps, via Getty Images