What do you wear when you own the crown jewels!
Article By: Hadia Hassan
Queen Elizabeth is one of the most stylish monarchs in history. We already know that she is not afraid of experimenting whole-heartedly when it comes to adding color to her attire. Furthermore, she has had some extremely iconic moments in the past! Starting from her coronation and continuing all the way to today. The crown jewels are extremely well stocked. Expensive jewels accumulated by generations of wealthy British monarchs have found their way to this collection. Some jewels such as the Koh-i-Noor diamond have been won in conquests. Whereas others have been purchased by tasteful monarchs preceding Elizabeth II. Today she owns more than 300 items. Her jewelry includes 98 brooches, 46 necklaces, 37 bracelets, pairs of earrings, 15 rings, 14 watches and 5 pendants.
Here are some of the queen’s most iconic moments in history and the jewels she wore on them!
Elizabeth II chose to wear the famous Russian Fringe Tiara with a simple pearl necklace and tiny earrings to complete her look.
On her coronation the queen held the Orb of the Sovereign and wore the 5-pound heavy St. Edward crown along with diamond earrings and matching necklace from the crown jewels.
One of the tiaras that Her majesty wears a lot is King George IV’s State Diadem. This diadem is simply breathtaking!
Here the queen is wearing a special Burmese ruby tiara which she had made from the 96 rubies gifted to her by the people of Burma on her wedding! She is wearing a matching red ruby necklace and earrings with the tiara to compliment her look.
This set of jewels that Queen Elizabeth was seen wearing on March 26, 1985 is known as the Crown Amethyst Suite of Jewels or the Kent Amethysts and was passed down to her by her mother. The tiara seen in the picture is the famous “Granny’s tiara.” It is so called because it formerly belonged to Elizabeth II’s grandmother, Queen Mary.
The queen wears diamond and aquamarine earrings and necklace set gifted to her by the people of Brazil on her coronation. The queen had this tiara specially designed to match her jewelry.
Here the queen wears Queen Mary’s famous emerald necklace and matching earrings. This set belonged to Queen Mary too and is known as Cambridge and Delhi Durbar Parure and is simply exquisite. Set with emeralds these jewels are drop-dead gorgeous!
This famous sapphire set is known as the Victorian Suite of Sapphire and Diamond Set. Originally, they were made in 1850 by King George for his daughter Lilibet on her wedding.
Her majesty chose to keep things simple on Prince William and Kate’s wedding by wearing a string of pearls and her famous Lover’s Knot Brooch.
Here Elizabeth II is wearing the Kokoshnik Tiara, diamond earrings, a diamond necklace and bracelet, and a silver watch to a state banquet for the President of Mexico in 2015.
One of Elizabeth II’s favorite tiara’s is the Grand Duchess of Vladimir tiara. Here the queen has opted to wear her emerald necklace and earrings with the tiara at the annual diplomatic reception held at the Buckingham Palace 2019.
Three strand pearls are one of queen Elizabeth II’s signature style staples and she wears the with different brooches on multiple occasions.
A piece of jewelry that the queen is always seen wearing is her engagement ring. This 3-carat diamond solitaire was made from the Duke of Edinburgh’s mother Princes Alice.