15 January 2014

Jewelry Additions from the Royal Gift List, 2013

January's a slow month, but it always brings one delightful event: the release of the annual gift lists! The palaces release lists of gifts given to the royals throughout the year, and they are always bound to include a few jewel insights along with several items worthy of a chuckle - this year, I think the Princess Royal's lists wins the competition by disclosing that she was the lucky recipient of a book called Your Arms Remind Me of Pork Luncheon Meat.

Buckingham Palace's list (including the Queen) include all gifts, but Clarence House and Kensington Palace list only gifts given on foreign tours - so we have lists from the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Harry, but none from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The gifts can be used by the recipient but are not private property; on the recipient's death, they will go to the sovereign, who will decide if the gift is to be included in the Royal Collection.

The descriptions are always vague, but I've picked out a few items of particular sparkly interest.

The Queen:
  • Five-strand pearl necklace of made from natural pearls sourced from the Arabian Gulf from the President of the United Arab Emirates
  • Four enamelled scarab beetles, from Bangladesh
  • The Saskatchewan Tourmaline Flower Brooch

The Duchess of Cornwall:
  • Parure, from the King of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
  • Necklace, from the Sultan of Oman
  • Faux pearl necklace, from an individual
  • Briefcase containing a pen, a tie and jewelry from an individual, given to both the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall

Links for more on the 2013 gifts: