As we approach her 90th birthday this week, I'm compiling those gifts we've covered here in this index. I wonder what she'll receive this year? Surely some goodies await...
Note: This index only includes jewels that have been covered on this blog and which have been identified as birthday gifts. (Please feel free to add more in the comments!) There are others that have not been covered yet, as well as pieces of jewelry that are open to speculation as to whether they were birthday presents or gifts for other occasions. Click on the name of the jewel for more information.
1944, 18th BirthdaySapphire and Diamond 18th Birthday Bracelet from her father, the Cartier Halo Tiara from her mother's collection, and the Aquamarine Clip Brooches from her parents. Of all the birthday gifts we can identify, the aqua clips are by far the most popular, still appearing on the list of her favorite brooches year after year.
1945, 19th BirthdaySapphire and Ruby Flower Spray Brooch came with matching earrings as a gift from Princess Elizabeth's parents, and is today scarcely seen.
Wartime, No Year SpecifiedQueen Mother's Multi-Color Leaf Brooch is an early example, in Princess Elizabeth's collection since at least 1946.
1947, 21st BirthdaySouth African Necklace (later altered to provide for a bracelet as well, and still what she is said to call her "best diamonds"), and the Flame Lily Brooch, among other gifts. Her parents contributed another piece from Queen Elizabeth's jewels, the Greville Ivy Leaf Brooches. The Diplomatic Corps gave a pair of diamond floral earrings.
1986, 60th BirthdayThe Queen received one kilogram of Welsh gold from the Gwynfynydd mine for this birthday. The gift likely went towards the tradition of Welsh gold wedding rings in the family, perhaps providing for The Earl and Countess of Wessex's rings.
2016, 90th BirthdaySo far, the Racing Post 90th Birthday Brooch is the only confirmed birthday gem. Let's hope there's more to come.
Photos: Royal Collection/Queen Elizabeth II/DR