Tutor Anna Campbell has really rather enjoyed looking at some of the Queen’s extensive jewellery collection in advance of her official birthday
It’s a big birthday year for the Queen this year, she turned 90 in April. However, the Queen also has another birthday celebration, an official birthday which is on 11th June this year. Apparently we have been celebrating the official birthday of a monarch in the UK since 1748 and the Queen’s official birthday moves to whichever date is a Saturday between 11th and 17th June. I had to stop and think about the complete genius of this idea. Surely we should all follow the Queen’s lead and adopt a second birthday that is on a Saturday (I’ve chosen 9th July this year!).
Anyway, we at LJS are using this double birthday celebration as a great excuse to enjoy some of the Queen’s extensive and beautiful jewellery collection! The tiaras are gorgeous but as I can’t wear one everyday (hmm, can I?) I’ve been focussing more on other jewellery in her collection.
The Queen was given this Cartier bracelet for her 18th birthday in 1944
The Queen’s platinum and diamond engagement ring
The Queen wore a beautiful string of pearls on her wedding day. Her something borrowed was this tiara, borrowed from her mother.
Diamond and ruby necklace, a wedding gift from her parents. I’m getting married this year, perhaps I should start dropping some hints!
This beautiful brooch was given to the Queen on the birth of Prince Charles. You can see her wearing it in this lovely photo of her with her new baby
True lover’s knot brooch. Inherited from Queen Mary, the Queen wore this brooch to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton apparently
to acknowledge that it was a marriage of true love (awww). As you can see, it’s a substantial piece!
Diamond and emerald necklace
This is the Queen Mary diamond stomacher. It’s a really large brooch that is rarely worn in it’s entirety any more.
This Cartier piece was given to the Queen as a wedding present. Kate Middleton recently borrowed it at an event at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Want to see more? Have a look at this blog which looks at the jewellery the Queen is wearing at public engagements.
Which is your favourite piece? Let us know in the comments below.