18 July 2014

This Week in Royal Jewels: July 11-17


July 11-17, 2014

Time for another week's worth of royal glitter! This week, we feature a first meeting between two royal spouses, plus a first official engagement for a princess-to-be. Enjoy!



10. Crown Princess Victoria celebrated her birthday on Monday at the Swedish family's summer residence in Oland. For the family's traditional morning appearance outside their Solliden home, Victoria wore pearl earrings. She also donned necklaces given to her by local children as she greeted Swedes in the gathered crowd.



9. Victoria wasn't the only member of the family who picked up some jewelry on Monday morning. Could her daughter, Princess Estelle, be any cuter in her bracelets?



8. The Swedish royal matriarch, Queen Silvia, went for more traditional elegance with her jewelry on Monday, wearing a pearl necklace and earrings. But even she added a whimsical touch with her hair ornament. Anyone else suspect that Estelle may have had a role in the placement of that little bauble?



7. Another member of the Swedish royal family, Sofia Hellqvist, attended her first official event at Monday evening's concert. Rain caused the royal ladies to seek the safety of ponchos for much of the event, but she still managed to keep her bracelet visible. Sofia often wears a bracelet in support of her charity, Project Playground, but this looks to be a different piece.



6. King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain embarked on another of their introductory visits this week, this time to Morocco. Letizia kept her jewelry minimal while visiting a cancer research center on Tuesday, but Lalla Salma, the wife of the Moroccan king, wore an eye-catching brooch.



5. Lalla Salma also stole the show at a dinner held for the Spanish royals, wearing a gorgeous set of emeralds. But Letizia didn't wholly forego the bling, wearing her wedding earrings and her Cartier diamond bracelet on her left wrist.



4. One of the unsung workers of the Windsor clan, Princess Alexandra, opened a hospice center in Lichfield on Friday. She wore a pair of stunning sapphire earrings, plus a golden tortoise brooch. It makes sense that Alexandra knows her bling; after all, she's descended from the Romanovs and the Greek royal family as well as the Brits!



3. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have been busy in Devon and Cornwall this week. In Axminster on Tuesday, Camilla donned a delicate floral brooch with some serious history: it's a Faberge piece that was given to the Queen Mum by Nikita Khrushchev.



2. The dress code was rather relaxed for the christening of Princess Amalia of Nassau on Saturday, but the baby's grandmother, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, still managed to add a bit of sparkle with earrings and a pendant necklace.



1. Does it get much better than this? Queen Elizabeth II held a reception at Buckingham Palace on Monday for the winners of the Queen's Awards for Enterprise, and she wore one of her rarely-seen treasures: the brooch made of the Cullinan VI and Cullinan VIII stones. (Need a refresher on the Cullinan? Here you go!)