british royal jewels

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Day Twenty-Nine: Favorite wedding of all time

There is no one that I love absolutely above the rest.  I watch the videos of these weddings frequently, sorry anything before HD really drives me nutters

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British Royal Jewels - Princess Margaret’s Pearl and Diamond Necklace

This 5 row of pearls and diamonds necklace was given as a birthday present to Princess Margaret by her grand mother, Queen Mary, on the occasion of her 18th birthday in 1948. The princess, who was particularly fond of this pearl necklace, wore them on many occasions after 1948 and was pictured wearing them in many famous portraits, including her sittings for her 19th, 20th & 21st birthdays.

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Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, (wearing the Greville Tiara and the Greville Emerald Neckalce) and Princess Margaret (wearing the Poltimore Tiara) attend the Ballet Performance in honour of the Shah of Iran at the Royal Opera House in London, 1959.

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Queen Elizabeth II introduces the Imperial State Crown.

It is held in the Jewel House in the Tower of London alongside the other British Crown Jewels.

The Imperial State Crown includes many precious gems, including 2,868 diamonds, 273 pearls, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, and 5 rubies.

The Crown includes several famous jewels: the cross at the top is set with a stone known as St. Edward’s Sapphire (1042), a sapphire taken from the ring (or coronet) of Edward the Confessor; the Black Prince’s Ruby (1367) (actually a spinel) is set on the front cross pattée; the famous Cullinan II, or Second Star of Africa, is set on the front of the band, replacing in 1909, the 104-carat (20.8 g) Stewart/ Stuart Sapphire (1214), which now sits at the back. The Crown also contains Queen Elizabeth I’s Pearls (reportedly belonging to Mary, Queen of Scots) under the orb.

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Day Thirteen: Diana’s or AND Kate’s wedding? 

Not going to lie, I’m a sucker for both weddings

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British Royal Jewels - The Cambridge Lovers Knot Tiara

Queen Mary was commissioned the tiara from the royal jewelers Garrards in 1913. The tiara was designed based on the lovers knot tiara owned by Queen Mary’s grandmother, Princess Augusta of Hesse, the Duchess of Cambridge. Queen Elizabeth II inherited the tiara from Queen Mary after her death in 1953. Queen Elizabeth II later gave the tiara as a wedding gift to Lady Diana Spencer, at the time she married Prince Charles, the Price of Wales in 1980. The piece came to be associated with the image of the popular princess.

 

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British Royal Jewels - The Vladimir Tiara (with pearls and emeralds)

Made for Grand Duchess Vladimir, the aunt of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II, the tiara was smuggled out of Russia during the Revolution by a British diplomat.  Sold by the Grand Duchess’s daughter, Princess Nicholas of Greece in 1921 to Queen Mary, the tiara was then adapted to accommodate 15 Cambridge emeralds as an alternative to the tiara’s original pearls.  Queen Elizabeth II  was given the tiara from her grandmother, Queen Mary, in 1953.

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Export ban placed on Queen Victoria’s wedding coronet

A temporary export ban has been placed on a sapphire and diamond coronet that belonged to Queen Victoria, preventing it from being sold abroad.

The coronet, designed by Prince Albert for their wedding in 1840, is at risk of being exported unless a UK buyer matches the £5m asking price.

The temporary ban was imposed after the owner applied for an export licence.

Culture minister Matt Hancock, who imposed the ban, said it symbolised one of the UK’s “most famous love stories”.

The 11.5cm (4.5in) wide coronet is mounted with 11 sapphires, which are all set in gold, with diamonds set in silver.

Experts consider it to be one of the most important jewels of Queen Victoria’s reign, matching a sapphire and diamond brooch given to her by Albert the day before their wedding. 

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100 Favorite Royal Gowns for 1500 Followers 100/100

Princess Elizabeth’s Wedding Gown, now Queen Elizabeth II

This collection began with Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation Gown and it’s fitting it should end with her Wedding Gown.  In reality she has been married twice.  The first was in this gown when she married Prince Philip.  The second was in her Coronation gown when she married the Empire (now the Commonwealth)