27 March 2015

A New Addition to the Vault: The Jewels of The Duchess of Cornwall

I have an announcement! I'm pretty excited about it, and I hope you will be too:

We will now be covering the jewels worn by The Duchess of Cornwall,
in addition to The Queen's jewels!

We've covered three years of The Queen's gems here on the blog, detailing her current events and all the pieces she's worn in that time, plus some of the notable pieces she's worn outside of that blog period. Obviously we haven't covered her entire collection (not even close, and also not even possible) but the blog now includes much of what she wears on a regular basis.

That focus is not going to change - we'll still cover Her Majesty's current events and her jewels, plus flashbacks. And now we're adding features on the jewels of The Duchess of Cornwall.

This is an addition I've been contemplating for quite a while. Why? For starters, Camilla has a fantastic jewel collection. She has a nice set of jewels that she personally owns (including things from her own family and gifts from Charles), she's building a nice set of jewels picked up on official business, and she has the use of a tremendous amount of jewelry from the collection of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. The Queen Mother's pieces are on loan to Camilla, so they're technically part of The Queen's jewel vault anyway. She has this fantastic collection, but it doesn't get enough attention, in my opinion. So let's see what we can do about that.

Here are the details on our new Camilla coverage:
    • Unlike QEII coverage, I won't be covering all of The Duchess' daily events - she has an awful lot of events where nothing other than her "daily" stuff is present, anyway - but may cover her for special events. This will be mainly jewel features.
    • You'll be able to find all the jewels we cover on the new tabs up above, under the banner, just like you can for QEII's gems. We've already covered a few of the pieces she wears.
    • There's a lot of speculation involved with the history of her jewels, especially those that are part of her personal collection. As always, if you have more information on any given piece, I would love to hear from you! 
    We are fast approaching the 10th wedding anniversary of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, so it's the perfect time to get started. We're going to kick things off with a look at the first jewels we saw in her royal life, from her engagement to her wedding.

    And the fun has already begun...keep scrolling or click here for a feature on her engagement and wedding rings!

    Photo: Pool via Getty Images