29 June 2017

Queen Elizabeth II's Qatari Pearl Suite

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We're very used to seeing Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wearing pearls; she dons diamond and pearl earrings and a three-stranded pearl necklace for virtually all of her daytime engagements. She also has numerous sets of pearls suitable for evening use, including today's suite of diamond and pearl jewelry, given to her by the Emir of Qatar.


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The diamond and pearl demi-parure includes a pair of earrings and a six-stranded pearl necklace. The pearl strands of the necklace are linked and ornamented by additional diamond pieces. The necklace is one of the largest that the Queen wears.


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The set was given to the Queen in 1979 during an official visit to Qatar. She wore the jewels during a gala banquet on the visit, and she's mainly (but not exclusively) worn them at Qatar-related events ever since. In these photos, she wears them during a state banquet for the Emir of Qatar at Windsor Castle in 2010.


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Because of the pearl and diamond combination in the demi-parure, it should come as no surprise that she usually wears the set with the Vladimir Tiara (hung with its original pearl drops). But she's also worn it in the past with Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik, highlighting the glitter of the diamonds in the demi-parure.