12 March 2018

Commonwealth Day Jewels 2018

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The Windsors came out in force on Monday for the annual Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey and reception at Marlborough House. Here's a look at the jewels we saw on the royal ladies for the event.




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The Queen chose a brooch from the collection of the late Queen Mother: the Australian Hibiscus Brooch.


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The brooch is an appropriate nod to the Commonwealth for the service. It was a gift to the Queen Mum from the people of Australia in the 1950s, and it's set with diamonds and rubies.


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The Duchess of Cornwall wore familiar jewels for the service and reception, including her pearl choker with the round diamond clasp. Here you also get a view of her rings and her gold bracelet, which is flipped over in this image.


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The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall's daughters-in-law were in attendance at the service, too.


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The Duchess of Cambridge repeated the floral stud earrings that she wore recently at the Royal Foundation Forum, pairing them with a new floral bouquet brooch.


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The brooch and earrings are proving difficult to photograph in great detail, but today's outing showed that both are set with stones that provide pink/purple and blue sparkle. I think it's possible that the pieces form a coordinating set -- after all, who likes a suite of matched jewels better than Kate?


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Also on usual jewelry form: Meghan Markle. The royal bride-to-be wore her gorgeous diamond engagement ring...


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...and a pair of teensy stud earrings.


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The Princess Royal was relegated to the background by the photographers today, but here you can see that she wore pearl drop earrings and a golden brooch.


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The Countess of Wessex wore golden-hued stud earrings with her favorite new accessory, her Hermes charm necklace. (She debuted that piece at Christmas.)


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She also wore a gorgeous cluster ring with a dark blue stone (sapphire, perhaps?) on her right hand.


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The Duchess of Gloucester also got the photo background treatment, but here we can see that she wore pearl earrings and a pearl necklace with a jeweled pendant.


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Princess Alexandra wore one of her pearl choker necklaces with her diamond floral earrings and (not seen here) her diamond clematis brooch.