18 October 2017

Royal Jewel Rewind: Pre-Wedding Gala in Luxembourg (Part 2)

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Time for the second installment of our look back at the glittering pre-wedding gala held in Luxembourg five years ago! If you missed our first post, check it out here. Otherwise, get ready for some royal glitter!

Royal Jewel Rewind: Pre-Wedding Gala in Luxembourg (Part 1)

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Five years ago this week, one of the last great royal weddings of a generation took place in Luxembourg. Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, the last eligible heir in Europe, married his Belgian-born fiancee, Countess Stephanie de Lannoy. But before their big cathedral wedding, they hosted a grand gala for their guests. Here's the first (of four!) posts for the day looking back at the astonishing jewels worn for the occasion.

17 October 2017

Camilla Sparkles at the Royal Academy of Arts

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The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Royal Academy of Arts in London on Monday to help launch the RA250 Friends membership scheme, and she brought some major glitter along with her.

The Daily Diadem: The Cartier Halo Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom, formerly Duchess of York, wears the Cartier Halo Tiara in a portrait used on commemorative stamps for her 1937 coronation; read more about this tiara's history over here!

Jewel History: The Intended Marriage of Her Majesty (1839)

Queen Victoria in an engraving, ca. 1838 (Grand Ladies Site)

"The Intended Marriage of Her Majesty"
(originally appeared in the Observer, 25 Nov 1839)

London, Sunday, November 24 -- Since the year 1761, when, on the 8th of July, King George III announced at a meeting of his Privy Council his intended marriage with the Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz [1], no meeting of that distinguished and important body has excited so much of public interest as that which was held yesterday at Buckingham Palace, and at which Her Majesty [2] signified her intention to contract a marriage with His Royal Highness Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. For some days, rumours as to the object of the meeting of the Privy Council had been publicly circulated [3], and, in consequence, before twelve o'clock, numbers of well-dressed persons, among whom were a large number of females, began congregating themselves in St. James's Park, in the vicinity of the palace.

16 October 2017

Women's Royal Naval Service Celebration Jewels

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On Thursday, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom visited the Army and Navy Club in London for a reception to celebrate the Women's Royal Naval Service 100 Project. Here's a look at the jewels worn for the occasion.

The Daily Diadem: The York Diamond Tiara

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Sarah, Duchess of York wears her diamond wedding tiara for a banquet given by King Fahd of Saudi Arabia at Claridge's in London, March 1987; the tiara, a gift from the Queen and Prince Philip, remained Sarah's personal property after her divorce

Paddington Pink Jewels for Kate

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The Duchess of Cambridge made a surprise appearance with the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry this morning at a Charities Forum event held at Paddington Station in London. Here's a look at what she wore for the event, which was sponsored by the makers of the new Paddington 2 film.

Unique Royal Engagement Rings

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Engagement rumors keep buzzing louder and louder around Prince Harry and his American-born girlfriend, Meghan Markle. We recently surveyed some of Britain's royal engagement ring, in case Harry is looking for a bit of familial inspiration on the jewel front. But since his relationship is a bit more unconventional in royal terms, perhaps he'd also like to present his future wife with a more unusual engagement ring? Here's a roundup of some of the more unique rings presented to mark royal engagements.

15 October 2017

The Daily Diadem: Queen Amelie's Emerald Tiara

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Queen Amelie of Portugal wears her suite of emerald jewels, including a striking tiara, in a portrait photograph taken in the early years of her marriage; the tiara and necklace were last seen in public in the 1960s, and its current whereabouts are apparently unknown

Jewels in Motion: Jubilee Tiaras in Brunei


Last weekend, a glittering Golden Jubilee celebration took place in Brunei, honoring the fifty-year reign of Hassanal Bolkiah, the 29th Sultan of Brunei. The festivities included a banquet with lots of tiaras, and I've got a whole post's worth of them glittering -- in motion! -- for you today. 

Three notes! First: many of these GIFs contain flash photography. Second: don't take this post as an endorsement of the politics of some of the rulers and regions shown. (That should really go for many posts on the blog, really.) And finally, because I know I'll get asked -- I don't have any more information, provenance or otherwise, on the individual tiaras than I'm sharing in the post.

14 October 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Sapphire Parure Tiara

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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wears a slightly smaller version of the family's grand sapphire tiara at the inauguration of her husband, King Willem-Alexander, April 2013; read all about this fascinating tiara over here!

Empress Farah's Floral Tiara

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This week, our exploration of tiaras from imperial families arrives in Iran, where the Pahlavi family reigned from 1925 until 1979. Today's floral tiara was worn by the country's last empress, Farah Pahlavi.

13 October 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Braganza Floral Necklace Tiara

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Dona Isabel, Duchess of Braganza wears a diamond floral necklace set on a tiara frame at a state banquet for the Spanish royals in Guimaraes, November 2016

This Week in Royal Jewels: October 6-12

October 6-12, 2017

Get ready for an extra sparkly week of royal jewels! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below! (Also: please note that this post features some GIFs that include flash photography.)


10. For her wedding to Philip of Serbia, son of Crown Prince Alexander, Danica Marinkovic wore a demi-parure of diamond and emerald jewels, plus scattered pearls in her hair. (Much more over here!)

12 October 2017

Jewels of Spain's National Day


Today was National Day in Spain, and with it came both a military review and protests. Queen Letizia used her jewelry on the occasion to quietly underscore the royal family's legacy.

The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Diamond Bandeau

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Princess (now Queen) Maxima of the Netherlands wears the family's diamond bandeau during a state banquet in Germany, April 2011; read more about this astonishing diadem over here!

The Royal Crown of Spain


Today is National Day in turbulent Spain, a country which is constantly struggling to define its boundaries and its identities. Although the country's monarchy has been equally unstable over the past century, King Felipe VI sits on the throne today. But he doesn't wear the country's crown -- in fact, no Spanish monarch does. Today, let's have a look at this gleaming symbol of Spain, the corona tumular.

11 October 2017

Dutch Visit to Portugal: Coral Florals in Lisbon

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The second day of the Dutch state visit to Portugal featured events in Lisbon, including a visit to the Champalimaud Center and the opening of a Rembrandt exhibition.

The Daily Diadem: The Braganza Diamond Bandeau


Dona Isabel, Duchess of Braganza wears the family's diamond bandeau at the princely wedding in Monaco, July 2011; more on this tiara's history over here!

Blue Topaz at Buckingham Palace for Kate

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry held a reception at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday to mark World Mental Health Day. The trio have made mental health awareness and support a cornerstone of their charitable efforts, including their Heads Together initiative.

10 October 2017

Dutch Visit to Portugal: State Banquet


For tonight's state banquet in Lisbon, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands piled on the family emeralds -- and the Duchess of Braganza wore a stunning family heirloom!

Dutch Visit to Portugal: Arrival Ceremonies


King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands are in Portugal for a state visit this week, and Maxima got things off to a very sparkly start during Tuesday's official welcome ceremonies.

The Daily Diadem: The Antique Pearl Tiara

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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wears the Antique Pearl Tiara during a state visit from the President of China, March 2014; read more about the tiara over here!

Royal Wedding Jewels in Serbia


The former royal family of Yugoslavia (now Serbia) gathered this weekend for the wedding of Crown Prince Alexander's son, Philip. Here's a look at the jewels we saw worn at this almost-royal wedding!

09 October 2017

The Daily Diadem: The King Luis Diamond Tiara

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Queen Amelie of Portugal wears the King Luis Diamond Tiara in a formal portrait; in her will, Amelie left the tiara (which was a wedding present from her father-in-law, King Luis) to her godson, Dom Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza

Jewel History: A Royal Crown Offered in Pawn (1895)

Portugal's royal crown and scepter (Wikimedia Commons)

"A Royal Crown Offered in Pawn"
(originally appeared in the Philadelphia Times on 24 Nov 1895)

From the New York World -- Dom Carlos, King of Portugal [1], has succeeded as a royal attraction in London to King Khama of South Africa [2] and Nasr Ullah Khan of Afghanistan [3].

Dom Carlos has brought his crown with him, and this fact alone is sufficient to make his visit of peculiar interest. It is officially announced that he wishes to consult London jewelers concerning repairs to be made to the crown, but the truth is that he is desirous of realizing a considerable sum of ready money on the bauble. His salary has not been paid for two years, and there is distress in the royal palace at Lisbon, appropriately called the Necessidades [4].

08 October 2017

The Daily Diadem: Anouk Aimee's Biblical Tiara

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French actress Anouk Aimee wears a tiara and jewels in costume as the Queen in the biblical epic Sodom and Gomorrah, 1962

Jewels in Motion: The Gloucester Wedding Gifts (1935)

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester attend a dinner party at the Dorchester Hotel in London, 1950; the Duchess is wearing several jewels received as wedding gifts (Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Our celebration of bejeweled royal wedding gifts in GIF form continues today with a look at the display of presents given to the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester in 1935. Enjoy!

07 October 2017

The Daily Diadem: Judi Dench's Hamlet Tiara

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Judi Dench wears a flexible fabric diadem of leaves and berries in costume as Ophelia for a production of Hamlet at the Old Vic in London, September 1957

The Pearl Sunburst Tiara

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Surprise! We've got one more Japanese imperial tiara to share before we switch our focus for the month to other imperial diadems. Today we're looking at one of the sleekest sparklers in the Japanese vaults: the Pearl Sunburst Tiara.

06 October 2017

The Daily Diadem: Cicely Courtneidge's Musical Tiara

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Actress Cicely Courtneidge wears a tiara to play an ambassador to a South American country in the musical Her Excellency at the Alhambra in Glasgow, April 1949

This Week in Royal Jewels: September 29-October 5

September 29-October 5, 2017

Welcome to a supersized version of our weekly royal jewel roundup! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!

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20. Princess Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia chose a trendy diamond ear climber for the Elie Saab show in Paris on Saturday.

05 October 2017

The Daily Diadem: Veronica Turleigh's Hamlet Tiara

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Actress Veronica Turleigh, as Queen Gertrude, wears a diadem and other costume jewels in a production of Hamlet, October 1938

Silvia and Madeleine's Thank You Gala Jewels

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Queen Silvia and Princess Madeleine of Sweden were in New York this week to attend the World Childhood Foundation's annual Thank You Gala. Here's a look at the sparkling jewels they wore for the occasion.

04 October 2017

The Daily Diadem: Gloria Swanson's Tosca Tiara

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In an October 1931 promotional still for Tonight or Never, Gloria Swanson wears a gem-encrusted Chanel gown and a coordinating tiara in costume as the character Nella Varga, an opera singer who performs part of Tosca during the film

Markle Sparkle: Meghan's Invictus Jewels

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Prince Harry's girlfriend, Meghan Markle, was a fixture at this year's Invictus Games in Toronto. The games marked the couple's first official public appearance together, and Meghan also supported Harry in the audience during the opening and closing ceremonies. Here's a look at some of the modern, delicate jewelry we saw Meghan wear.

03 October 2017

The Daily Diadem: Thelma Todd's Tiara

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Tragic American actress Thelma Todd wears a costume tiara that appears to be covered in sequins for a studio portrait, ca. 1930s

Jewel History: Europe Harbors Hapless Queens (1927)

Marie Feodorovna, Dowager Empress of Russia, photographed in Copenhagen in 1924 (Wikimedia Commons)

"Europe Harbors Hapless Queens"
(originally appeared in the Louisville Courier-Journal, 3 Oct 1927)

Vienna, Oct. 2 -- Dispersed over Europe like the scattered jewels of their shattered crowns, five throne-less queens are living on the slender charity of relatives and friends.

Once the proud owners of millions of acres of land, the rulers of greater millions of people, and the possessors of untold millions of wealth, Dowager Empress Marie of Russia, Empress Zita of Austria, Queen Sophie of Greece, Queen Amelie of Portugal, and young Queen Elizabeth of Greece are today without a roof or a bed they can call their own. Their return to their own homes would be sufficient to start an immediate revolution.

02 October 2017

The Daily Diadem: Frances Carson's Tiara

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American actress Frances Carson wears a costume tiara in a studio portrait by the famed Scottish photographer Alexander "Sasha" Stewart, December 1926

Audrey's Tiara Sells at Christie's


On Wednesday, Christie's in London sold a personal collection of objects that belonged to the late Audrey Hepburn, including several pieces of jewelry -- and a tiara!

01 October 2017

The Daily Diadem: Queen Josefina's Palmette Tiara

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Queen Josefina of Sweden wears a tiara with palmette motifs in a portrait; both the provenance and the whereabouts of this particular tiara are a mystery today

Jewels in Motion: Queen Elizabeth II's Wedding Gifts

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Next month, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and the Duke of Edinburgh will celebrate a remarkable milestone: their 70th wedding anniversary! Today, I've got a fun look at the display of their wedding gifts from the autumn of 1947 -- in motion!

30 September 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Braganza Tiara

Queen Victoria of Sweden wears the Braganza Tiara in a profile portrait; read much more about this lavish heirloom sparkler over here!

The Japanese Honeysuckle Tiara


To wrap up our month-long celebration of the tiaras worn by the imperial ladies of Japan, we've got one of my personal favorites: the family's diamond honeysuckle tiara.

29 September 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Norwegian Emerald Parure Tiara

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Queen Sonja of Norway wears the grand tiara and jewels from the family's emerald parure during a state visit to Belgium, May 2003; read all about this classic nineteenth-century tiara over here!

This Week in Royal Jewels: September 22-28

September 22-28, 2017

We've got a range of royal jewels on tap for you this week -- don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!

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10. Queen Letizia of Spain wore her freshwater pearl drop earrings from Tous for a visit to a vocational training school in Teruel on Wednesday.

28 September 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Cameo Tiara

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Princess Birgitta of Sweden and Hohenzollern wears the Cameo Tiara after her civil wedding ceremony in Stockholm, May 1961; read much more about this antique sparkler over here!