21 November 2017

Book Review: Victoria & Albert, A Royal Love Affair

Victoria and Albert: A Royal Love Affair (Photo: The Court Jeweller)

I've got a treat today for those of you who are fans of Victoria, the show co-produced by ITV and PBS about the life of the young Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. St. Martin's Press has just published another companion volume to the series, and I've got a review -- and a chance for you to win your own copy!


20 November 2017

Kate in Queen's Pearls for Platinum Anniversary

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The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh threw a party for their platinum anniversary at Windsor Castle this evening, and we got a glimpse of a new piece of borrowed jewelry on the Duchess of Cambridge.


The Daily Diadem: The Naasut Tiara

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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark wears the Naasut Tiara at the annual New Year's levee in Copenhagen, January 2012; read more about the suite of golden jewels over here!


Jewel History: Splendour of the Abbey Scene (1947)

Philip and Elizabeth with their wedding party and their families, 20 November 1947 (AFP/Getty Images)

"Splendour of the Abbey Scene"
(originally appeared in the Manchester Guardian, 21 Nov 1947)

LONDON, November 20 -- The cream and gold, crimson-cushioned chairs of the sanctuary were empty, the carpet untrodden, and, all unobscured, the gold plate mass on the snowy cloth of the High Altar gathered the warm flickers of the chandeliers, heightened them, and sent a ray of dazzling light from end to end of the Abbey. The arriving guests, shown to their places by the gentlemen ushers and gold staff officers, made no more than the faintest rustling as they moved.

The Abbey waited and, like a shell which confides most gently the roaring sound of the sea, trembled and stilled, stilled and trembled to the rising and falling waves of applause from that invisible multitude in which these ancient walls were islanded.


19 November 2017

The Daily Diadem: Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara

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Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom) wears Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara, borrowed from her mother, on her wedding day in November 1947; read all about the tiara over here!