In honour of it being the last day of September, we thought we would focus on one of the newer sapphire tiaras belonging to HM Queen Elizabeth, the George VI Victorian Sapphire Tiara Suite. This post comes from our guest royal poster Sarah Taylor, who is quite the jewelry expert!!
Let’s dive in.
HM Queen Elizabeth had this tiara commissioned in 1963 to match a sapphire suite that was given to her as HRH Princess Elizabeth by her father HM King George VI on the occasion of her marriage to Prince Philip in 1947. This set of sapphire jewels and tiara belongs to HM Queen Elizabeth’s personal jewelry collection.
The Sapphire Suite was created in 1850, and consisted of a long necklace of linked oblong sapphires surrounded by diamonds, and a pair of oblong sapphire earrings surrounded by diamonds in a chandelier style. In 1952 the Queen had the necklace shortened by removing the largest sapphire, and in 1959 she had that central sapphire made into a gorgeous sapphire pendant, which can also be worn as a brooch.
The Queen wore the necklace and earrings many times before she had the tiara commissioned.
Midnight Matinee, 1951
At the premiere of the film Rob Roy in 1953
The tiara and a matching bracelet were commissioned by Her Majesty in 1963 to complete the parure.
The tiara and bracelet was debuted in 1969 when the Queen wore them to a charity event with Prince Philip
It is believed that the tiara was constructed out of a necklace that the Queen bought in 1963 that originally belonged to Louise of Belgium, Princess of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (daughter of King Leopold II).
Here is Louise wearing the necklace. If you look carefully you can see many similarities between the tiara and the necklace, specifically the floral motifs.
The Queen has also worn the George VI Sapphire Suite Tiara more recently, including memorably in 1994 when Bill Clinton was visiting London, prior to a banquet in honour of the 50th anniversary of D-Day.
What do you think of this tiara?
As promised, we have some posts on our recent visit to Kensington Palace to follow. See you then!
In the meantime, you may also like these other posts by Sarah Taylor: