06 June 2014

This Week in Royal Jewels: May 30-June 5

May 30-June 5, 2014

Lots of glitter and pomp this week, with the opening of Parliament in Britain, an awards ceremony in Sweden, and an official visit in the Netherlands. Enjoy!

10. For a concert held on Sunday in honor of Prince Henrik of Denmark's 80th birthday, Crown Princess Mary chose a modern pair of golden earrings.

9. At the same concert, Queen Margrethe wore a set of jewelry made of gold and pearls that appropriately was given to her by her husband. The necklace and earrings were a silver wedding gift from Henrik to Margrethe; they were created by Torben Hardenberg, who also made Margrethe's modern turquoise jewelry.

8. On the heels of her husband's surprise abdication, Queen Sofia of Spain wore layered necklaces and a pearl brooch on a visit to the United Nations in New York on Tuesday.

7. A number of royals attended the Bernadotte Art Awards in Stockholm on Monday, including two members of the former imperial family of Iran: Farah Pahlavi and her granddaughter, Princess Noor. The former empress wore pearls and large golden earrings, while her granddaughter chose earrings to coordinate with the gold trim on her dress.

6. Also at the Bernadotte Awards? Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, who paired dangling earrings and a bracelet with her gown.

5. One more from the awards in Sweden: Queen Silvia in modern gold jewelry (with earrings that appear to have a green stone set in the center) and Countess Marianne Bernadotte in pearls.

4. This week, the Dutch royals welcomed Prince Albert II of Monaco for the opening of an exhibition on the life of his mother, Grace Kelly. (Sadly, Princess Charlene had to cancel the trip because of her recently-announced pregnancy.) For a dinner at Het Loo Palace, Princess Beatrix wore sapphires and diamonds, including the Sapphire Necklace Tiara.

3. At the same official dinner, Queen Maxima wore jewels from the family's emerald parure, which dates to the late nineteenth century and includes emeralds brought to the country by Princess Wilhelmina of Prussia a century earlier.

2. At the State Opening of Parliament on Wednesday, the Duchess of Cornwall repeated the jewels she wore at last year's opening: the Boucheron tiara from the Greville inheritance, her pearl necklace with the diamond clasp, and pearl earrings (plus the Royal Victorian Order and the Queen's family order).

1. No other royal lady could compete this week with the glittering appearance of Queen Elizabeth II at the State Opening of Parliament, where she donned the Imperial State Crown to read her speech. On the way to and from the event, she wore George IV's Diamond Diadem. The rest of her jewels included Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee Necklace, pearl earrings from Queen Victoria's collection, a pearl bracelet and a pearl watch, and the Garter collar.