10 June 2016

Jewels of Elizabeth II's 90th Birthday Service of Thanksgiving

The Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II attend a service of thanksgiving at St. Paul's (Photo: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

The Windsors descended on St. Paul's Cathedral in London this morning to give thanks for the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. (Today also happens to be Prince Philip's actual 95th birthday, so he got a couple of mentions here and there as well.) Let's look at the jewels they wore, shall we?




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The Queen selected one of the grandest brooches from her collection: the pearl and diamond Richmond Brooch, a legacy from Queen Mary. She wore it without its pearl pendant drop. You can read more about the brooch's history over here!


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The Duchess of Cornwall wore her daytime jewelry uniform: pearl and diamond earrings, multi-stranded pearl necklace with diamond clasp, and brooch. The pair of brooches she selected were her diamond and sapphire dragonfly brooches, part of her collection of jewels by Van Cleef and Arpels.


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The Duchess of Cambridge wore one familiar piece of jewelry, her diamond and aquamarine drop earrings...


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...and one new piece, a silver-toned necklace with a cluster pendant. The pale blue stone looks like it may also be an aquamarine. Kate has shown that she likes sets of jewelry, but the necklace and earrings don't look to be designed deliberately as companion pieces.


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As per usual, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie of York went very light on the jewelry...


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...but Eugenie did wear some delicate bracelets, and we also got a good look at two of her rings.


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Sophie wore a lovely pair of earrings with a pale/clear stone. These aren't familiar to me.


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And we even had some jewelry from Lady Louise! She wore a lovely, very age-appropriate necklace with a golden heart pendant.


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Princess Anne repeated the lovely diamond and pearl wild rose brooch that she wore at Thursday's Founder's Day Parade, pairing it with pearls and pearl and gold earrings.


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Zara Phillips Tindall wore a pair of earrings with a blue stone surrounded by a narrow border of smaller stones, possibly diamonds.


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Autumn Phillips looked absolutely fantastic -- I don't even hate the hairsplosion hat! -- but very little jewelry; only her engagement and wedding rings were visible.


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The Duchess of Gloucester was elegant as usual, wearing pearls, glittering earrings, and a pair of her diamond clips. The clips belonged to her mother-in-law, Princess Alice; they can be worn as a part of a diamond bandeau tiara.


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The Duchess of Kent did not attend the service, so the senior Kent lady present was the Countess of St. Andrews, the Duke's daughter-in-law (who also happens to be an accomplished academic, specializing in political theory). She wore classic pearls.


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Lord and Lady St. Andrews's daughters came to the service as well. On the left, Lady Marina Windsor wears earrings with a small insect motif, as well as a bracelet and two silver-toned rings. (I'm not sure if the daisy on her jacket is a brooch or a part of the outfit.) Her younger sister, Lady Amelia, wore delicate gold hoop earrings.


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Princess Michael of Kent brought a show-stopping heirloom brooch to the service. The brooch/pendant originally belonged to Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll (a daughter of Queen Victoria). Louise left the brooch to Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, who in turn bequeathed it to Prince Michael. Louise's brooch had a smaller emerald in the center; Prince and Princess Michael later replaced it with a larger gemstone of uncertain provenance.


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Lady Gabriella Windsor, who is looking more like her grandmother and aunt with each passing day, wore large round pearl stud earrings.


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And Lord Frederick Windsor's wife, the actress Sophie Winkleman, sadly went without any visible jewelry at all. :-(



And here's two more Windsor women: Lady Sarah Chatto and Viscountess Linley. Unfortunately, this was the best angle I've found on their jewels -- and it's tough to make out which pieces they're wearing. There are also several other members of the family, including Princess Alexandra and the Gloucester daughters/daughter-in-law, for whom I have no photos to include here.


Which jewels from today's service were your favorites?