20 March 2015

This Week in Royal Jewels: March 13-19

March 13-19, 2015

From state visits to animal shelters, royal jewelry was popping up all over the map this week!

10. The Duchess of Cambridge capped off a bejeweled week on Wednesday, wearing her new Kiki McDonough morganite drop earrings to visit the Brookhill Children's Centre. Earlier in the week, she wore her citrine drops with a golden shamrock brooch on St. Patrick's Day and debuted a new tanzanite set at St. Paul's Cathedral.

9. Queen Elizabeth II, a noted animal lover, visited the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home on Tuesday. She wore her daytime pearls and her golden sunflower brooch for the occasion. Earlier in the week, we saw her in one of Queen Victoria's brooches at St. Paul's.

8. King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain ventured out to the Royal Theatre in Madrid on Friday night. Letizia wore a pair of earrings by Yanes, featuring three mother-of-pearl drops suspended from diamonds set in white gold.

7. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are in Washington, D.C. this week. For a private reception on Wednesday evening, Camilla selected jewels that have become the workhorses of her collection: her diamond and pearl earrings and a pearl choker with a diamond clasp. (As an aside: I LOVE the cape!) She wore the same jewels during Wednesday's daytime engagements:

Don't get me wrong: I love Camilla's pearls. But the jewel lover in me would also love to see her play around a bit more with some of the other pieces in her collection -- and I'd especially like to see just a bit more bling for evening. At least a little differentiation between day/night jewels would be great. After all -- she also wore the earrings earlier in the week at St. Paul's.

6. We've finally got a better look at Princess Benedikte's jewels from this week's Dutch/Danish state banquet. Serious glitter in the form of the Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg Fringe Tiara and the diamond necklace she received from Queen Ingrid! And here's a look at her jewelry from the return dinner.

5. The Dutch visit to Denmark continued this week with a return dinner at the Black Diamond in Copenhagen. Princess Marie wore major earrings on the day; earlier this week, at the state banquet, she wore Princess Dagmar's floral tiara.

4. Crown Princess Mary was also at the return dinner and also chose a gigantic pair of earrings; they were a contrast to the relatively simple jewelry she chose for the state banquet, including her wedding tiara.

3. The Dutch and Danish royals weren't the only ones in state visit mode this week: the Norwegians welcomed the Latvian president to Oslo and brought out the tiaras. Queen Sonja wore the full version of Queen Maud's Pearl Tiara 2.0, while Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore the family's amethyst parure.

2. Queen Margrethe II was her usual exuberantly bejeweled self during this week's state visit. At the state banquet, she chose the family's pearls; at the return dinner, pictured above, she wore diamonds.

1. For me, no one but Queen Maxima could be crowned this week's #1. From the glittering diamonds she wore to the return dinner, to the astonishing sapphires she donned at the state banquet, her jewel game was seriously on point!