The Greville Jewels

Today let’s chat about a formidable lady who was affectionately known to friends as “Mrs. Ronnie.”

The daughter of Scottish brewer, philanthropist, and MP William McEwan and Margaret Anderson, she was born Margaret McEwan in 1863.   Hilariously, she would freely announce she’d “rather be a beeress than a peeress” and married the Hon. Ronald Greville in 1891. She quickly earned a reputation for her spirited personality and for throwing enormous parties.

Portrait c. 1900, via
Portrait c. 1900, via

Though she was quite a bit older than the Duke and Duchess of York, she became a good and loyal friend to both of them. When she passed away in 1942, she left her extensive collection of jewels to HM Queen Elizabeth “with my loving thoughts” in their entirety.

This short video entitled “Have You Heard About Mrs. Greville?” gives some more insights into her life.

Thanks to a delightful book called Counting One’s Blessings: The Selected Letters of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother by William Shawcross, we have great insights into how the Queen Mum felt about Mrs. Greville and her jewels (and many other things!).

In fact, fact one of the first letters that Lady Elizabeth Bowes Lyon wrote to Prince Albert alludes to her. In a letter dated to 13 December, 1920, she wrote:

Dear Prince Albert,

Thank you so much for your letter. I am looking forward very much to Mrs Ronnie Greville’s party – though the thought of it terrifies me! I haven’t been to a proper dinner party for months and months, and have quite forgotten how to behave! I expect it will be great fun though…”

Notably, the new Duke and Duchess spent their honeymoon in 1923 in Mrs. Greville’s home Polesden Lacey in Surrey.

via The National Trust
via The National Trust

This photograph shows the Duke and Duchess on their honeymoon there.

Via The Daily Mail
Via The Daily Mail

We now jump ahead many years to September 1942 when she wrote to Osbert Sitwell (a write that she got to know through Mrs. Greville) of a recent visit she had with their ailing friend. Her letter reads:

“I saw Mrs. Ronnie about three weeks ago. She was at Braemar and quite miserable there. She came over to Balmoral, & it was too pathetic to see this little bundle of unquenchable courage & determination, quite helpless except for one very bright eye. I had not seen her for a couple of months, & was very shocked and sad at the change. But with all her weakness there was just the same tenacity of purpose, & I felt full of admiration for such a wonderful exhibition of ‘never give in’. 

After she passed away that month, the Queen wrote another letter dated to Mr. Sitwell. It is dated to 27 September 1942 and gives a sense of Mrs. Ronnie’s sense of humour:

“I shall miss her very much indeed..she was so shrewd, so kind, so amusingly unkind, so sharp, such fun, so naughty (‘amn’t I naughty’), that must be very Scotch to say ‘amn’tI’, and altogether a real person, a character, utterly Mrs. Ronal Grenville and no tinge of anything alien”

Queen Elizabeth in 1942, via The BBC
Queen Elizabeth in 1942, via The BBC

The first mention of her jewels comes in a letter dated to 13 October 1942 when she wrote to her mother-in-law Queen Mary from Balmoral Castle. She says:

“…I must tell you that Mrs. Greville has left me her jewels, tho’ I am keeping that quiet as well for the moment! She left them to me “with her loving thoughts”, dear old thing, and I feel very touched. I don’t suppose I shall see what they consist of for a long time, owing to the slowness of lawyers and death duties, etc, but I know she had a few good things. Apart from everything else, it is rather exciting to be left something, and I do admire beautiful sones with all my heart. I can’t help thinking most women do!”…

There has been some conjecture that Queen Mary, who certainly loved beautiful stones with all her heart, may have had her eye on Mrs. Greville’s collection, so knowing that I read Queen Elizabeth’s letter a little differently. She must have had an inkling that there may be a case of ‘green eye’ on Queen Mary’s part!

Anyhow, the final letter I have to share before we dive into the jewels is from June 27, 1944. It is addressed to Princess Elizabeth and reads as follows:

Buckingham Palace

My Darling Lilibet,

This is just a note about one or two things in case I get ‘done in’ by the Germans! I think that I have left all my own things to be divided between you and Margaret, but I am sure you will give her anything suitable later on – such as Mrs. Greville’s pearls, as you will have the Crown ones. It seems silly to be writing these sorts of things, but perhaps it would be easier for you darling if I explained about the jewels.

I am sure that you would find Cynthia Spencer & Dorothy Halifax very helpful over any difficult little problems & of course Granny!

Let’s hope this won’t be needed, but I know that you will always do the right thing, & remember to keep your temper & your word & be loving – sweet – Mummy.

It is a rather silly thing to be writing about! Note the allusion to Cynthia Spencer, Princess Diana’s grandmother (the lady below). They really were close!

Portrait by John Singer Sargent. Via Wikipedia.
Portrait of Cynthia Spencer by John Singer Sargent. Via Wikipedia.

And now, here are some of the key pieces of the collection known as the Greville Jewels:

The Greville Scroll Brooch, Cartier, 1929

We’ll start with this quite dainty and lovely brooch was made for Mrs. Greville by Cartier. It was worn numerous times by the Queen Mother, once even on a hat.

Via Her Majesty's Jewel Vault
Via Her Majesty’s Jewel Vault

Since 2002, Queen Elizabeth has brought this brooch out a few times. More information can be found over at the always delightful blog, Her Majesty’s Jewel Vault.

Chandelier Earrings, Cartier, 1929

These beauties were apart of the exhibit Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration put on at Buckingham Palace in the summer of 2012. You can read about our visit and impression of those jewels here, if you like.  Aren’t they stunning?

Via The Royal Collection Trust
Via The Royal Collection Trust

King George and Queen Elizabeth gifted these earrings to Princess Elizabeth when she married Prince Philip, and she wore them quite a bit in the ’50’s and ’60’s.

Via Windsor Jewels Tumbler
Via Windsor Jewels Tumbler

They haven’t made an appearance in awhile which is just all sorts of wrong. It’s about time they did, I say.

The Greville Peardrop Earrings, Cartier, 1938

These drops are comparatively dainty!

Via The Royal Collection Trust
Via The Royal Collection Trust

The Queen Mum kept these in her collection and also bequeathed them to Queen Elizabeth upon her death in 2002.

Ruby & Diamond Necklace, Boucheron, 1907

Via The Royal Collection
Via The Royal Collection

This necklace is not for the faint of heart and was passed along to Princess Elizabeth on the occasion of her wedding. Princess Elizabeth modified the necklace slightly by removing two of the flower clusters to shorten it.

And voila, the necklace on an outing:

Via Gracie Jewellery
Via Gracie Jewellery

Since the Queen has taken to wearing higher necklines, this necklace hasn’t been worn in some time. It really needs a good dress to work around it! I think Sophie should be allowed to give it a go.

Marie Antoinette’s Emerald Necklace

There is some conflicting information about this one, so I’ll update this if I come across some more credible information. For now, let me tell you that it is believed that this emerald necklace, which once belonged to Marie Antoinette, was also included in the gift. It was also bequeathed to Queen Elizabeth upon the Queen Mother’s death, but as far as I know the Queen hasn’t worn it publicly. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

via Royal Jewels of the World
via Royal Jewels of the World

The GrevilleTiara, Boucheron, 1921

Mrs. Greville had this tiara made by Boucheron out of diamonds that she had on a pre-existing tiara. I would love to find a portrait or picture of Mrs. Greville wearing it, but haven’t tracked one down yet.

According to Geoffrey Munn in Tiaras: A History of Splendour, Mrs. Greville had the tiara made by boucheron using stones from an old tiara. The order is dated to January 8, 1921 and this is how it orignally appeared:

Via Tiaras: A History of Splendour
Via Tiaras: A History of Splendour

The Queen Mum certainly made good use out of it, wearing it on numerous occasions and in oodles of portraits. She had it modified slightly in 1953, when she increased the tiara’s height by adding the pinnacles to the top. It really is fit for a queen and is more of a crown than a tiara.

Via Artemesia's Jewels
Via Artemesia’s Royal Jewels

It has since graced the head of the Duchess of Cornwall, who carries it with aplomb. This tiara needs a proper amount of hair to sit on and Camilla’s ‘do works, I think.

Via The Daily Mail
Via The Daily Mail

The Greville Diamond Necklace

Ok, this piece is a bit of a mystery to me still. Geoffrey Munn alludes to it saying that the gift included “a spectacular necklace of brilliant and baguette diamonds by Cartier.” Still working on tracking down a picture, and will post it when I do!

So, what’s your favourite piece? I’d be quite content with the chandelier earrings and would most likely take to wearing them in the bath!

Margaret photographed by Lord Snowdon (Via The Oddment Emporium)
Princess Margaret photographed by Lord Snowdon (Via The Oddment Emporium)

Queen Mary's Art Deco Emerald & Diamond Choker

This is our 250th post so…let’s celebrate with jewelry! It’s time to talk about some emeralds, in particular Queen Mary’s Emerald Choker.

First, let’s try to spot it in this portrait of Queen Mary. As she was fond of doing, she is all decked out in oodles of goodies. She’s got the Delhi Durbar tiara on her head, and the Delhi Durbar diamond and emerald necklace around her neck, along with lots of other diamonds, and right at the very top of the chokers, we have the beauty we’re chatting about today.


You might recognize this piece more once you’ve seen this 1982 photo of Diana:


This necklace was originally made with 16 cabochon emeralds as part of the Delhi Durbar parure. It was remodeled for Queen Mary in the 1920’s, who brought it down to 14 cabochon emeralds set in platinum in the Art Deco style. The necklace was inherited by the Queen in 1953, who chose to pass it along to Diana as a wedding gift.

Here is a good look at it:


Another view:


Princess Diana wore the necklace on numerous occasions, including when she wore it as a headband/tiara in Australia:

princess diana choker headband

And on another occasion when she paired it with the Spencer tiara. This dress was actually blue so someone photoshopped this picture green at some point:


This is an oldie but a goodie:


Princess Diana was allowed to keep the jewels given by the Queen after the divorce, on condition that they could not be lent or sold and that upon her death they would be returned to the royal family.

Unlike the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara, Diana did wear this piece after the divorce was finalized. Diana is pictured here on July 1, 1997, her 36th birthday:


She was attending the Centenary Gala of the Tate Gallery in London and is also wearing an emerald and diamond bracelet which was reportedly a wedding gift from Prince Charles that was purchased from Wartski.

Hopefully we’ll see this necklace out again before too long. In the meantime, here are some past posts on other delightful chokers:

Princess Diana’s Spencer Pearl Choker

Princess Diana’s Sapphire and Pearl Choker

Royal Charm Bracelets

Happy Belated New Year to you all! Today we’re looking at a fun and frivolous topic: royal charm bracelets. Because why not?

Princess Mary of Denmark

Princess Mary has accumulated a beautiful collection of jewelry since her 2004 wedding, including pieces which belong to the Crown (like the ruby parure) and those that she owns personally (like her engagement ring).

In September of 2012, Crown Prince Frederick and Crown Princess Mary headed to Brazil for a six day tour and Mary brought a big ‘ol jewelry box with her.


Amongst the many jewels she wore during the trip was a gold charm bracelet. Here is a close up of the bracelets she is wearing in the photograph above. An eagle eyed poster on the Royal Forums noticed that one of the bracelets features a disc that appears to have Mary’s monogram engraved on it:


Courtesy of the Danish Royal Family’s website, here is Princess Mary’s monogram so you can decide for yourself:



Princess Isabella of Denmark

Next up is Princess Mary’s daughter Isabella. When she was born, Tasmania gifted the little princess with a tiny bracelet to fit her wrist at her christening. The bracelet is made of white gold and features white gold apple seeds and nine red hearts. The white and red is for the Danish flag.

I haven’t been able to find either a picture of the bracelet or one that shows Isabella’s wrist at the christening. Does anyone know if she did actually wear it?


But that’s not all! A charming tradition in the Danish royal family is that all girls in the family receive a gold bracelet on the occasion of their fifth birthday. Queen Ingrid, Isabella’s great grandmother, was the first to receive a gold bracelet on her fifth birthday back in 1915.

Princess Isabella turned five on April 21, 2012 and has been pictured wearing the bracelt on a few occasions.

First of all, here is one of the pictures released by the palace to mark Isabella’s fifth birthday:


And here she is in the birthday bracelet in a picture published be Hello!:


Grandmother Queen Margrethe is shown here wearing hers at two state occasions:


Queen Victoria

On to the Brits! Queen Victoria is often credited with starting the trend for charm bracelets in the early 20th century. Here is an example of one of her many charm bracelets:


This gold piece was a gift from Prince Albert in November of 1840. It features 9 enamel heart lockets in a variety of colours.  The Royal Collection website shares the following info:

This simple chain and locket bracelet is typical of the sentimental items Prince Albert gave to the Queen. The inscription on the clasp states that it was given to her three days after the birth of their first child, Victoria, The Princess Royal. A locket was added for each subsequent birth, each one containing a lock of the child’s hair.

Text from Victoria & Albert: Art & Love.

The hearts record the birth of the children as follows: pink for Princess Victoria, turquoise blue for Albert, red for Princess Alice, dark blue for Alfred, translucent white for Helena, dark green for Louise, mid blue for Arthur, opaque white for Leopold and light green for Beatrice.

An additional bracelet with numerous lockets can be seen on The Royal Collection website by clicking here. It’s a real treasure.

The Duchess of Cambridge

Much ado was made of the fact that Kate started to wear a gold charm bracelet after her wedding, pictured on Kate’s wrist below:


The real interest was for the gold disc charm. Here is a good look at it:


Let’s get even more up close and personal:


The disc features two royal monograms. One side has Kate’s monogram:


And the other side appears to be Camilla’s:


Here is Camilla’s monogram, as shown on her personal stationery:


It does look quite like it! It has not been officially confirmed that Camilla gave the bracelet to Kate, though that theory does make sense. I’ve been keeping my eyes out for Camilla to be seen wearing a matching one. How cute would it have been if she had one, too, and if it came from Charles, another ‘C’?

Diana, Princess of Wales

After all, we know that Charles gave Diana a charm bracelet that she treasured. Diana often wore a gold charm bracelet in the early ’80’s. It’s tough to see whether this is the one from Charles or not:


Some reports claim that Diana never wore the bracelet from Charles in public, because she considered it too precious (Paul Burrel has commented that Diana never actually wore this bracelet, but kept it tucked safely away with her jewelry at Kensington Palace).

The photo below shows the many charms that Charles gave Diana over the years, from an “x” for their ten year anniversary to a miniature of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Though I don’t know the provenance of this photo, I’d guess it is legit.


 Well that’s it for now. Are you charmed?

A Visit to Buckingham Palace for Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration

Yesterday, two Royal Posters visited Buckingham Palace to see the smashing jewelry exhibit put on to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. It is most aptly named Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration and it was magnificent. Serious jumpy claps…

The exhibit includes some choice selections from the Queen’s personal collection as well as from the Royal Collection. As the book which accompanies the exhibit explains:

“These works span three centuries and have been selected for their significance as works of art, for their diversity of diamond cutting and mounting that they embody, and for their historic importance. They also illustrate the ways in which diamonds have been used by royal patrons and collectors. Several of the exhibits were commissioned by Queen Victoria (reigned 1837-1901), the only other British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee. These works of art are distinct from the state regalia and jewels (Crown Jewels) held in the Tower of London.”

The tour includes complimentary audio tour which begins with a warm welcome from Prince Charles. After walking through the grand state rooms, including the throne room where wedding photos are traditionally taken, it’s time to see the diamonds. The room where the exhibit is set up has dim lighting, but each piece is lit up for extra glittery effect, and there’s no rush to go from one piece to the next. Love that. Let’s dive in!

Queen Victoria’s Small Diamond Crown

The exhibit was set up in chronological order, so one of the first pieces that you see is Queen Victoria’s Small Diamond Crown, which dates to 1870. After Prince Albert’s death in 1861, the Queen preferred to wear colourless stones as much as possible as a sign of mourning so this new crown certainly fit the bill:

And it really is petite. Petite and sparkly! It weighs only 140 grams and is made up of 1,187 diamonds. The arches can be removed to make it a circlet as well.

And here it is atop the Queen’s head:

It has been worn by Queen Mary and Queen Alexandra, but since 1937 it has been part of the display at the Tower of London.

The Coronation Necklace & Earrings

Moving along, the next pieces that really caused some heart palpitations was the stunning Coronation Necklace:

which were shown with the stunning Coronation Earrings:

These pieces were also also made for Queen Victoria by Garrard and was completed in 1858. One of the drops of the earrings is approximately 12 carats and the other is 7. You can see in the picture that there is some difference in the ‘sparkliness’ of the two, but they are both stunning.

These pieces have since been worn by four Queens during their coronations: first up was Queen Alexandra in 1901, followed by Queen Mary in 1911, Queen Elizabeth in 1937, and of course Her Majesty the Queen in 1953.

The Queen wore the necklace in Canada with her maple leaf dress in July 2010:

And we’ll be getting to those other sparkly pieces she is wearing in short order!

Queen Alexandra’s Coronation Fan

But first, the next piece that I particularly loved seeing is one that I really knew nothing about. This is Queen Alexandra’s Coronation Fan which dates to 1902:

Now that’s a fan! Brilliant and rose cut diamonds are set into the tortoise shell handle in a beautiful, floral design topped with an “A” and coronet. No expense was spared; both sides of the handle are set with diamonds and the precise detail is quite extraordinary.

Some more of the detail can be seen here:

Queen Alexandra passed the fan along to Queen Mary, who then gave it to the future Queen Elizabeth two days before the coronation of King George VI in May 1937. A note in Queen Mary’s hand reads:

For Darling Elizabeth in rememberance of Coronation Day 12th may 1937 from her loving Mama Mary. This fan formerly belonged to Queen Alexandra.

Queen Mary’s Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

My fave of them all comes up next:

We went into quite a bit of detail about this tiara in our post here, so let me just say the obvious, that in real life this tiara is super sparkly and gorgeous.

Fun fact we learned: according to Garrard’s Royal Ledger, this tiara was originally surmounted by 14 large pearls and could also be worn as a necklace or as a coronet, which is how the then Duchess of York (later Queen Mary) wore it to the Devonshire Ball in July 1897. Yes, it was a costume affair:

Which reminds me, we really need to talk about that particular Devonshire Ball in another post. It was quite the evening.

The Cullinan III and IV:

The Sparkliest Award of All Award goes to this brooch:

It was really quite thrilling to see up close. As you may recall, the Queen chose to wear this brooch for the Service of Thanksgiving marking her diamond Jubilee:

There is oodles of history on this piece which we’ll have to get into at another time. Suffice to say it’s gorgeous.

The Cullinan V:

This brooch was there as well:

That centre stone is 18.8 metric carats and can also be removed and suspended from the Cullinan VIII…

The Cullinan VIII:

Which is this delightful piece we have here:

How versatile, eh? That’s the Cullinan VI dangling from it in the above picture.

The Greville Chandelier Earrings

It’s the wee hours of the morning here in London, so I will end with this last, sparkly highlight. Here we have the Greville Chandelier Earrings:

Cartier created these beauties in 1918 for Mrs Greville, a generous grand dame who left them, and several other pieces, to Queen Elizabeth when she passed away in 1942. Mrs. Greville made changes to the original design in 1922 and 1929, which is the last time any changes were made. Each earring is made up of 16 stones.

Here is another shot of the Queen wearing them in Ottawa in 2010:

Not a bad note to end on, is it?

There are oodles of other pieces on display and the exhibit runs until the 7th of October. If you aren’t able to make it,  the next best thing is the book which accompanies the exhibit. It is by Caroline de Guitaut and is chock full of interesting info and pictures galore, and has proved to be great reading! It can be purchased here.

Tomorrow morning brings a visit to the V & A for the exhibit Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950, so off to bed. Will be back with a full review!

Princess Diana’s Jewels: The Sultan of Oman Suite

So we’ve been thinking about Princess Diana’s jewels lately and thought it was about time for another post on the topic. After all, who doesn’t like talking about royal bling?

The focus of our discussion today is the jewels given to Diana by His Majesty The Sultan of Oman. He is pictured betweenthe Prince and Princess of Wales in the image above.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles visited Oman in November of 1986. The trip was quite a whirlwind for the couple; it also included stops in Qatar, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia. Here’s a quick, interesting clip of the Prince and Princess arriving in separate cars as per custom in the Arab country. Diana’s skirt was considered short for the conservative nation and caused quite a stir:

Here’s a link to a video

The picture below of the Princess talking to female students was taken during a visit to Oman University. She was clearly making an effort to wear conservative clothes that day!

And we love this picture so just had to include it. It must have been sooooo hot there…look at those flushed cheeks.

The generous gift from the Sultan included a modern diamond and sapphire necklace with a matching bracelet and earrings. The sapphires are embedded in the crescent that surrounds the strands of diamonds. In the photograph below, Princess Diana is wearing both the Spencer Tiara and the Sultan of Oman necklace. The blue stones stand out next to the black of the dress.

Diana continued to wear these pieces throughout the years which implies that she genuinely liked them. Here’s a good view of the matching earrings:

The photograph below was taken in October of 1996; Diana was attending the film premiere of the film Haunted.

Here’s a better look at the bracelet:

These pieces certainly aren’t our favourite –  they are just a bit too ’80’s and lack a sense of timelessness – but Diana wore them well. They must be locked away in a vault until the right royal lady comes along to dust them off. We can’t imagine that they’ll be seeing the light of day anytime soon.

What do you think of these pieces? Too modern or just right?

Princess Diana’s Spencer Pearl Choker

We loooove the week between Christmas and New Year’s. It’s a nice time to relax, be cozy…and talk about Princess Diana’s jewelry collection (ha!). Today we’re going to focus on Diana’s love of pearl chokers. Along with the Spencer Tiara, Lady Diana brought some family pearls with her when she married Prince Charles.

One of our favourite pieces is the pearl choker that was given to Lady Diana by her family on the occasion of her 18th birthday. The necklace is made up of three strands of pearls with a central clasp that features small tourquoise stones. Diana wore this piece several times during the early years of her marriage and then it seems to have been tucked away once she acquired more serious jewels.

The picture above is of Diana during the Wales’ 1983 tour of Australia.

Now let’s jump back to the first picture we could find of Lady Diana wearing the choker. We love this snapshot taken of her during a formal evening at Althorp. She was doing her trademark ‘head-bowed-peak-out-at-the-camera’ pose even then!

Lady Diana also wore the necklace when she was a royal fiancee in 1980. Here she is with Prince Andrew looking rather out of sorts. Perhaps the day was all just a bit much:

Not looking super thrilled here, either, but the necklace sure looks good!

Love this picture of Diana on the deck of the Royal yacht Britannia during her honeymoon. Much happier here!

And here’s the necklace paired with one of the better hats of the early years in our opinion:

Love this candid moment in time on the balcony of Buckingham Palace…

Pearl chokers seem to have been something of a family tradition;  Diana’s mum and sisters own or owned similar necklaces. Diana wore her sister Lady Sarah’s five strand choker with her pink ‘going away’ dress after her wedding. This choker features a pearl drop from the central clasp and is certainly more grand than Diana’s piece. Maybe Lady Sarah received this grander necklace since she was older.

Lady Sarah had been wearing that very necklace during the ceremony, which you can see if you look very closely here. Lady Sarah is in green on the bottom right:

Updated: Here’s a shot of Lady Sarah wearing the same necklace to her daughter Emily’s wedding on June 9, 2012. Check out the beauty on her wrist, too. It sure would go well with Diana’s necklace, no? Her earrings are also the spectacular ones that Diana wore on her wedding day. For more information on that, click here.

Diana’s mum, Frances Shand-Kydd, looked great in her pearls and wore them often:

This post would just not be complete without a not to the mother of all pearl chokers, her seven strand sapphire & pearl choker. Check out our post on that gorgeous piece by clicking here. Or just feast your eyes on this picture. She couldn’t be more decked out in pearls. She’s got the dress, earrings, and necklace covered!

Do let us know if you have any requests to learn more about any other specific pieces of Diana’s. We’re always looking for new ideas and would love to hear from you.

Jewelry Predictions: Princess Diana’s Sapphire & Pearl Choker

It could be argued that this necklace is the most iconic of all of Diana’s jewelry so it is unlikely we will see it on Kate for a very, VERY long time and that is how it should be. However, just like the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara we spoke about in our last prediction, it makes the most sense to us that Kate eventually be the one to wear this piece over all other current royal ladies.

Before anyone starts to yell in protest (and we know you will!), hear us out: like with the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara, we don’t expect that Kate would wear such a significant piece until she has made a name for herself as a serious royal lady and has several years of full time royal duties under her belt. Suffice to say it’s very unlikely that this necklace would make an appearance anytime soon! However, being made of such a gorgeous sapphire that matches her engagement ring and Diana’s sapphire earrings that Kate has already had modified…it just make sense that Kate be the next Royal to wear it.  We love this photo of Kate wearing Diana’s earrings at Wimbledon:

Here’s a close up look:

Diana wore them for this portrait with newborn Prince Harry in 1984:
 Of course, when Prince Harry gets married his wife could also vey well wear this extraordinary necklace and turn it into her own. What a nice gesture that would be, especially since Kate was given Diana’s engagement ring, so Harry should have something special of his mum’s as well. Prince Harry’s wife will likely not get as much of a comparison to Diana as Kate has so this could be the best route to take. The point is, this piece is far too gorgeous to languish in a vault forever and we hope it comes out when the time is right.

This piece is so clearly associated with Diana’s since she is the only royal to have worn it as a necklace. The sapphire surrounded by diamonds was a gift from the Queen Mother on the occasion of Diana’s marriage to Prince Charles. This photo from 1958 shows the Queen Mother wearing what appears to be the brooch and the photo on the right is of Diana wearing it in 1982:

Here is a larger picture of Diana that evening. This photograph was taken during a state visit from Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. The brooch came in handy to help keep the sash of the Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown, gifted from Queen Beatrix, in place.

Queen Beatrix was visiting England for a four day state trip. Here is some footage of her arrival, greeting Princess Diana and Princess Anne:


At some point after this date, Diana had the brooch made into a seven strand pearl choker and wore it on numerous occasions. She wore it on the White House evening that she danced with John Travolta in November of 1985:

She also wore it with her “look at me” dress to the Serpentine Gallery the same night that Prince Charles confessed to adultery in a televised interview. The dress was designed by Christina Stambolian and the next day the papers had Diana on the cover in this dress paired with not so nice pictures of Camilla:

The necklace also travelled to New York for a Gala event at the Lincoln Centre in June of 1995:

And Diana wore the necklace in New York again, this time in 1996 at the Metropilitan Museum Costume Institute Gala which featured a 50 year retrospective of Dior. The dress is by John Galliano, the designer chosen to head up Dior.

As far as we can tell from our research, this was the last time that Diana wore this necklace, at least publicly (do let us know if we are wrong!). So it has been tucked away  for 15 years now and likely will continue to be for years to come until either Kate or Harry’s future wife bring it out.

What do you think? is this piece too closely associated to Diana for Kate to ever consider wearing it? Do you think it there would be less of an association to Diana if Harry’s future wife wore it instead of Kate? And lastly, do you think we’re off our rockers and it would have to go through a major transformation before anyone even thinks of wearing it again? We’d love to hear your thoughts.