07 March 2014

This Week in Royal Jewels: February 28-March 6

February 28-March 6, 2014

10. At the launch of the Christ Church Cathedral Music Trust at St. James's Palace, Queen Elizabeth II wore her Pearl Triangle Brooch, which features a yellow diamond alongside two rather large pearls.

9. She may normally eschew major jewelry, but the Princess of Asturias selected some delightfully sparkly hoop earrings and a coordinating bracelet for a tribute to Enrique V. Iglesias -- the economist, not the singer! -- in Madrid.

8. Crown Princess Victoria chose a suitably dramatic pair of earrings for a visit to the Opera Garnier in Paris on Thursday.

7. It has been long said that the Cartier Pearl Drop Tiara owned by the Monegasque princely family was given to Princess Charlotte (the grandmother of the current sovereign prince) by her new husband, Prince Pierre, as a wedding gift in 1920. Cartier recently confirmed, however, that the piece was actually made in 1949, nearly thirty years later.

6. The Swedish royal family has officially launched a YouTube channel; with the announcement, they also released a new formal portrait of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Crown Princess Victoria, who is wearing the large Napoleonic Cut Steel Tiara.

5. Queen Elizabeth II chose one of her most frequently worn brooches, the Pearl Trefoil, for a visit to Reed's School in Cobham on Thursday.

4. This week, members of the extended former royal family of Greece (including the Spanish royal branch of the family and Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia) have gathered in Athens to honor the memory of the late King Paul of the Hellenes, who died fifty years ago yesterday. At the premiere of a documentary about him, Queen Anne-Marie showed off a bit of national pride by wearing a small brooch featuring what appears to be the Greek flag.

3. The always-elegant Princess Marie-Chantal wore a statement necklace to the film premiere. (She's also been posting some snaps of the family attending the events in Athens on her Instagram account.)

2. For the same event, Queen Sofia of Spain (the elder daughter of King Paul) sparkled in a number of multi-stranded necklaces.

1. At the mass at Tatoi on Thursday commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of King Paul's death, Queen Sofia donned a sentimental piece of heirloom jewelry: a pearl necklace worn with a diamond and ruby pendant, which she inherited from her late mother, Queen Friederike of the Hellenes. She also wore a second necklace with a charm that appears to feature a portrait of her late father.

1. Banner image: detail of The Marriage of George, Duke of York to Princess Mary of Teck (1894) by Laurits Tuxen. Image in the public domain; source here.