11 December 2019

The 2019 Diplomatic Reception and Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen hosted the annual Diplomatic Reception for ambassadors at Buckingham Palace. The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke of Cambridge, and The Duchess of Cambridge were also present.
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Oh, we're feasting today, friends. The annual Diplomatic Reception has brought us not just tiaras but surprises beginning with THIS. NECKLACE. This is a debut for The Queen! The base looks similar to the Greville Emerald Necklace worn by The Queen Mother, though the diamonds surrounding the emeralds appear different (granted, pictures of the Greville Emerald Necklace are sparse). The necklace is adorned with emerald and diamond pendants that coordinate perfectly with the emerald option of her Vladimir Tiara. This necklace may likely be another piece from the Greville bequest; Mrs. Greville was at times reported to have more than one emerald necklace.

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The Queen is also wearing the Greville Emerald Earrings, often The Queen Mother's choice to go with the Greville Emerald Necklace. It's not the first time The Queen has worn them (we haven't covered them yet, but we will).

The Queen's full jewel list:

Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara
Greville Emerald Earrings
Emerald and Diamond Pendant Necklace
Diamond and Emerald Bracelets from The Queen Mother's Cartier Bracelet Quintet
Evening Watch

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The Duchess of Cornwall was  up to her usual tricks, wearing a favorite repeated Bruce Oldfield gown and a set of favorite jewels.

Greville Tiara
Pear Drop Diamond Earrings
Four Strand Pearl Choker with Large Diamond Clasp
Art Deco Diamond Brooch (on shoulder securing sash)
Diamond Bracelet
Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II
Star, Riband, and Badge of the Royal Victorian Order

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To go with her navy velvet Alexander McQueen gown (LOVE, of course - I am a confessed lover of a great velvet gown), The Duchess of Cambridge borrowed a bunch of exciting pieces. She wore the Nizam of Hyderabad Necklace again and a new-to-her pair of earrings from the Diamond Chandelier Chandelier Drop Demi-Parure, the same set The Countess of Wessex appeared to wear at the state banquet earlier this year.

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The Duchess is also wearing a a second large ring in addition to her engagement ring.

Lover's Knot Tiara
Diamond Chandelier Chandelier Drop Earrings
Nizam of Hyderabad Necklace
Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II
Star, Riband, and Badge of the Royal Victorian Order

Earlier, The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace.

In this other photo, it looks like this could be the Kent Amethyst.