23 April 2018

Jewels of the Queen's Birthday Party

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom turned 92 on Saturday, and the nation threw her an elaborate birthday party concert at the Royal Albert Hall to celebrate. Here's a look at the jewels worn by her family for the big event.




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The Queen wore classic pearl and diamond jewels to celebrate her birthday.


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Her accessories for the evening included a triple-stranded pearl necklace, one of the Cartier bracelets that belonged to her mother (and which can be worn on a bandeau frame), and the pearl cluster earrings from Queen Alexandra's Wedding Gift Parure. Elizabeth's diamond engagement ring also twinkled on her left hand.


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The Duchess of Cornwall was radiant in vivid violet.


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She donned her diamond earrings from the Magic Alhambra collection by Van Cleef and Arpels, as well as one of her signature pearl necklaces. This particular necklace features four strands of pearls gathered together by an unusual clasp, which appears to be set partly with deep blue or purple gems.


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The royal bride-to-be, Meghan Markle, wore golden jewels to compliment her chic navy dress. According to What Meghan Wore, her jewelry for the night was made by Shaun Leane, including gold and silver earrings from the Signature Tusk collection.


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Her bracelets, also by Shaun Leane, were from the Signature Tusk and Serpents Trace lines. My favorite of her accessories, though, was probably this stunning golden constellation clutch bag from Naeem Khan. (Part of me wished that she would have worn classic diamond stud earrings to pick up the starry theme from the bag!)


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She was wearing at least one important piece of diamond jewelry, though: her sparkling engagement ring!


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The Princess Royal looked lovely in a silver gown for the evening, and she chose classic accessories to go with it. Her elegant pearl and diamond stud earrings and her double-stranded pearl necklace were paired with this elaborate bird brooch.


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She also wore a torque-style bangle bracelet in gold on her right wrist.


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Anne's daughter-in-law, Autumn Phillips, was also in attendance, but we didn't get a good look at her jewelry, sadly!


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But we did get a glimpse of Princess Beatrice of York's delicate bracelets.


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Her sister, Princess Eugenie, arrived with her fiance, Jack Brooksbank. She wore earrings with delicate golden drops.


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We also got a glimpse of her lovely sapphire engagement ring.


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The Countess of Wessex wore a daring, trendy jumpsuit for the evening, pairing it with gemstone drop earrings and her initial charm necklace.


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Sophie's daughter, Lady Louise Windsor, wore a delicate pendant necklace.


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The Duchess of Gloucester was ultra elegant in heirloom emeralds. The pearl and emerald necklace was a part of Queen Mary's wedding gift to Birgitte's mother-in-law, Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester.


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Princess Alexandra wore some favorite pieces from her jewelry box, including her lovely pearl choker necklace with the geometric diamond clasp.


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And her sister-in-law, Princess Michael of Kent, glittered in diamond earrings and a diamond and sapphire cocktail ring. I'm not sure whether the floral brooch on her white jacket is a standalone jewel or a part of the garment.


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There were also numerous other members of the extended Windsor family in attendance, but sadly, we didn't get a close-up view of their jewels. It's really a shame, because it looks like Sophie Winkleman -- AKA Lady Frederick Windsor -- is wearing some pretty spectacular statement earrings!