24 February 2017

The Daily Diadem: Crown Princess Mary's Edwardian Tiara

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wears her Edwardian Tiara in its necklace form at the Aarhus Concert Hall, April 2015


This Week in Royal Jewels: February 17-23


February 17-23, 2017

It's another blockbuster week for royal jewels! After you've made tough decisions about your favorites, be sure to vote in the poll below!


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10. Queen Letizia of Spain borrowed a pair of pale-pink earrings from Queen Sofia to welcome the President and First Lady of Argentina to Madrid on Wednesday. (More over here!)

23 February 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Wessex Aquamarine Necklace Tiara

The Wessex Aquamarine Necklace Tiara (MJ Kim/Getty Images)

The Countess of Wessex wears her modern aquamarine tiara in necklace form at the ChildLine and Mission Enfance Royal Gala in London, March 2006


Zara Talks Engagement Rings

Zara Phillips Tindall attends the Magic Millions Polo Event in January (Jason O'Brien/Getty Images)

Zara Phillips Tindall, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, is best known for her equestrian achievements, but in a recent interview with Town and Country, she talked about her growing love of jewelry.


22 February 2017

Letizia Debuts La Buena!

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The long wait is over, magpies: at tonight's gala dinner for the President and First Lady of Argentina, Letizia officially took the tiara of Spain's queens out for its inaugural spin!


Letizia in Pink to Welcome the Argentine President

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King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain welcomed President Mauricio Macri and First Lady Juliana Awada for an official lunch at Zarzuela Palace on Wednesday. Here's a look at the earrings Letizia chose for the occasion.


The Daily Diadem: The Nine Provinces Tiara

The Nine Provinces Tiara/Necklace (SVEN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Queen Paola of Belgium wears the Nine Provinces Tiara as a necklace (and Queen Elisabeth's Art Deco Bandeau as a tiara) at the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, May 2004


Jewels on Film: VICTORIA (Episode 6, "The Engine of Change")


Time for another venture into the world of PBS's royal soap opera, Victoria! This week is all about trains, babies, and contingency plans...


21 February 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Ocean Tiara

The Ocean Tiara (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Princess Charlene of Monaco wears the Ocean Tiara as a necklace at the Rose Ball, 5 August 2011


State Visit Jewels: Canadian Visit to Sweden

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The Governor-General of Canada called on the King of Sweden for a state visit yesterday, and by evening, there were tiaras-a-plenty on display in Stockholm.


Jewel History: Almost Outshone Queen (1909)

King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra at the Opening of Parliament, ca. 1910

"Almost Outshone Queen"
(originally appeared in the Washington Post on 21 Feb 1909)

The American Countess Granard [1] made her debut publicly at the opening of parliament on Tuesday. All the peeresses who were present in the gilded chamber of the House of Lords were eager to see her. She shared the peeresses' attention with the Queen, and was thoroughly stared at by the wives and daughters of the various lords.


20 February 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Norwegian Amethyst Parure Tiara

The Norwegian Amethyst Parure Tiara (Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

Queen Sonja of Norway wears the family's amethyst parure tiara as a necklace at a gala before the wedding of her son, Crown Prince Haakon, in August 2001


Maxima Glitters in Royal Paradise

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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands made a visit to the Dordrechts Museum this Saturday, and she gave us lots of sparkling daytime jewels to marvel at.


19 February 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Modern Fringe Tiara

The Modern Fringe Tiara (Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Princess Madeleine of Sweden wears her Modern Fringe Tiara at her wedding to Christopher O'Neill in Stockholm, 8 June 2013


Sundays with Victoria: The Diamond Bow Brooches

One of Queen Victoria's Diamond Bow Brooches (William Lovelace/Daily Express/Getty Images)

In 1858, Queen Victoria's jewelry box went through a sudden and rather unexpected transformation. All of the jewels that had once belonged to her grandmother, Queen Charlotte, were awarded to her cousin, the King of Hanover, whose father had claimed them following the death of King William IV. She lost numerous pieces, including a set of diamond bow brooches. Today's brooches are the trio that she had made to replace them.


18 February 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Cartier Halo Tiara

The Cartier Halo Tiara (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Catherine Middleton (now the Duchess of Cambridge) wears the Cartier Halo Tiara at her wedding to the Duke of Cambridge, 29 April 2011


The Russian Pearl Bandeau

The Russian Pearl Bandeau (Clive Limpkin/Daily Express/Getty Images)

They may not sit on the British throne, but of all the branches of the Windsor family tree, it’s actually the present-day Kents who can boast of the greatest royal ancestry. This is thanks to Princess Marina, who was descended from the Greek, Danish, and Russian royal families. Today’s tiara, the Russian Pearl Bandeau, also made its way into the Kent collection through Marina’s regal connections.


17 February 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Prussian Tiara

The Prussian Tiara (Ian Waldie/Getty Images)

Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano (now Queen Letizia of Spain) wears the Prussian Tiara at her wedding to the Prince of Asturias (now King Felipe VI of Spain) in Madrid, 22 May 2004


This Week in Royal Jewels: February 10-16


February 10-16, 2017

We've got quite the range of pieces this week -- don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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10. The Duchess of Cambridge wore her leaf-shaped earrings by Kiki McDonough for a visit to RAF Wittering on Tuesday.

16 February 2017

The Daily Diadem: Crown Princess Mary's Wedding Tiara

Crown Princess Mary's Wedding Tiara (Ian Waldie/Getty Images)

Mary Elizabeth Donaldson wears her diamond wedding tiara at her wedding to Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, 14 May 2004


Jewels on Film: British State Visit to Sweden (1956)



In this Swedish newsreel footage from Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh's 1956 visit to Stockholm, we get to see royal jewels galore. Which pieces do you spot?


15 February 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Star Tiara

The Dutch Star Tiara (OLAF KRAAK/AFP/Getty Images)

Princess Maxima of the Netherlands (now Queen Maxima of the Netherlands) wears the diamond star setting of the Pearl Button Tiara at her wedding to the Prince of Orange, February 2002


Charlene Rubs Shoulders in Monaco

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Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco attended the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards at Sporting Monte Carlo's Salle des Etoiles on Tuesday. Charlene wore Valentine red and a very interesting pair of earrings.


14 February 2017

Emeralds for Elizabeth in London

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Queen Elizabeth II spent her Valentine's Day in a way only a head of state could: on a date with her husband at the opening of the National Cyber Security Centre in London. Romantic! Here's a look at the jewels she wore for the occasion.


The Daily Diadem: The Diamond Daisy Bandeau

The Diamond Daisy Bandeau (All Over Press Norway/Getty Images)

Mette-Marit Tjessem Hoiby wears the Diamond Daisy Bandeau at her wedding to Crown Prince Haakon of Norway in Oslo, 25 August 2001


5 Romantic Royal Jewels

Crown Princess Victoria wears the Cameo tiara and earrings at her wedding to Prince Daniel
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)

Today is Valentine's Day, and people around the world are turning their thoughts toward romance. What better way could their be to celebrate a holiday about love than by looking at some of the most romantic pieces of jewelry in royal collections? Here are five of my favorite romantic royal jewels -- please feel free to nominate more Valentine-worthy jewels in the comments!


13 February 2017

The Daily Diadem: Queen Elisabeth's Art Deco Bandeau

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Mathilde d'Udekem d'Acoz (now Queen Mathilde of the Belgians) wears Queen Elisabeth's Art Deco Bandeau at her wedding to the Duke of Brabant (now King Philippe of the Belgians) in Brussels, 4 December 1999


Statement Earrings for Kate at the BAFTAs

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the 70th annual British Academy Film Awards in London on Sunday evening, and Kate made a major statement with her choice of accessories.


Jewels on Film: VICTORIA (Episode 5, "The Queen's Husband")


Time for another installment of PBS's royal soap opera, Victoria! Catch up on our previous recaps if you've missed any, and then head back here for costume jewels, forbidden romance, and a makeshift trampoline folk remedy...


12 February 2017

The Daily Diadem: Queen Ena's Turquoise Star Tiara

Queen Ena's Turquoise Star Tiara (Library of Congress Bain Collection)

Queen Ena of Spain (born Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg) wears her turquoise star tiara in a portrait, ca. 1915


Birthday Jewels: Princess Astrid Turns 85

Sven Gj. Gjeruldsen / the Royal Court

The Norwegian royal court has released a new set of portraits of Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner. The king's sister celebrates her 85th birthday today, and the jewels she chose for the images show her deep connection to Norway's royal history.


Sundays with Victoria: Prince Albert's Tiaras

The Oriental Circlet (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Prince Albert, who is steaming up the screen right now on Victoria, was kind of a Victorian Renaissance man, if you will. He loved design, and Queen Victoria was the lucky beneficiary of his jewelry design efforts. Today, we're looking at the four tiaras that Albert designed for his wife during their marriage.


11 February 2017

The Daily Diadem: Queen Victoria's Pearl and Diamond Tiara

Queen Victoria's Pearl and Diamond Tiara

Princess Patricia of Connaught (later Lady Patricia Ramsay) wears Queen Victoria's Pearl and Diamond Tiara at the 1911 coronation in a portrait with her parents; her mother, the Duchess of Connaught, wears a diamond scroll tiara


Queen Mary's Amethyst Tiara

Queen Mary wears her amethyst tiara and necklace

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom has a massive jewel collection, with tiaras featuring all sorts of precious stones. But one notable stone lacking from the queen’s tiaras is the amethyst. That wasn’t always the case, though; once upon a time the Windsors did have amethyst tiaras, including this substantial diadem.

10 February 2017

The Daily Diadem: Princess Beatrice's Diamond Tiara

Princess Beatrice's Diamond Tiara (Grand Ladies Site)

Princess Beatrice of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (born Princess Beatrice of Edinburgh; later Duchess of Galliera) wears a vertiginous diamond tiara (provenance/whereabouts unknown) and court dress in a portrait taken in 1907


This Week in Royal Jewels: February 3-9


February 3-9, 2017

We had a couple of big jewel surprises from the royal world this week! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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10. During an athletic outing in support of Heads Together on Sunday, the Duchess of Cambridge debuted a new pair of stud earrings by Asprey. (More over here!)

09 February 2017

45 of Mary's Best Jewels: 1-9

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Today wraps up our birthday countdown of the best jewels worn by Crown Princess Mary of Denmark! Let us know what your top ten pieces from her collection are in the comments below...


The Daily Diadem: The Teck Ears of Wheat Tiara

The Teck Ears of Wheat Tiara (Grand Ladies Site)

Princess Alexander of Teck (born Princess Alice of Albany; later Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone) wears the Teck Ears of Wheat Tiara in a portrait taken before 1917. The tiara was inherited from her mother-in-law; it's possible that it still belongs to her descendants today


Letizia Dazzles in New Diamonds and Rubies

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain the 30th anniversary celebrations for a newspaper, Expansion, at the Palace Hotel in Madrid on Monday, and Letizia brought out a major new pair of earrings for the occasion!


08 February 2017

45 of Mary's Best Jewels: 10-18

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Our countdown of 45 of the best pieces of jewelry worn by Crown Princess Mary of Denmark continues...


The Daily Diadem: The Cameo Tiara

The Cameo Tiara (Grand Ladies Site)

Crown Princes Margareta of Sweden (born Princess Margaret of Connaught) wears the Cameo Tiara  and its coordinating necklace in a portrait, ca. 1910


A Swedish Jewel Mystery Solved!

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There are lots of unsolved mysteries surrounding the provenance of Sweden's Modern Fringe Tiara: where's it from? Is it really modern, or is it a century old? Did it have a royal or aristocratic owner before the Bernadottes? But this weekend, one of my lovely Twitter pals helped to answer one particular question: who exactly owns the tiara.


07 February 2017

45 of Mary's Best Jewels: 19-27

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Time for another installment of our countdown of 45 of Crown Princess Mary's best jewels...


The Daily Diadem: Princess Sandra's Diamond Tiara

Princess Sandra's Diamond Tiara (Grand Ladies Site)

Princess Alexandra "Sandra" of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (born Princess Alexandra of Edinburgh) wears a diamond tiara (whereabouts apparently unknown); on the left, her sister, Marie of Romania, wears her diamond loop tiara (lost in Russia during World War I)


Catching Up With Kate's Earrings

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The Duchess of Cambridge has had a busy few days of royal engagements -- one of which involved a brand-new pair of earrings! Here's a look at the jewelry she's worn this week.


A Ruby Surprise from Queen Maxima

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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands hosted the President of Germany and his partner for a dinner in The Hague on Monday. Maxima wore a lovely red gown and brought out a major jewel surprise!


06 February 2017

45 of Mary's Best Jewels: 28-36

Crown Princess Mary wears statement earrings in Melbourne (WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

Our birthday countdown of Crown Princess Mary's jewels continues...

The Daily Diadem: Victoria Melita's Emerald Wedding Tiara

Victoria Melita's Emerald Wedding Tiara (Wikimedia Commons)

Grand Duchess Victoria of Hesse (born Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh; later Grand Duchess Viktoria Feodorovna of Russia) wears her emerald wedding tiara in a portrait, ca. 1900