18 June 2018

The Queen's Garter Day Earrings

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh attend the Order of the Garter Service, 14 June 2004 (ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Get excited, everybody: after last year's hiatus (thanks to the general election), Garter Day festivities return today at Windsor Castle! Although the Queen wears the same attire -- the robes of the Order of the Garter -- every year for the service, the day gives us a chance to see some unusual outings from the Queen's earring collection. Here's a look at the earrings she's worn on the day for the past two decades.




Queen Elizabeth II attends the Order of the Garter Service, 14 June 1999 (MARTYN HAYHOW/AFP/Getty Images)

1999: Diamond and pearl earrings (possibly the ones now loaned to the Duchess of Cambridge)


Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh attend the Order of the Garter Service, 19 June 2000 (ARTHUR EDWARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

2000: Queen Victoria's Pearl Drop Earrings, presented to Victoria by Prince Albert in 1847 and later designated as Heirlooms of the Crown


Queen Elizabeth II attends the Order of the Garter Service, 18 June 2001 (ALASTAIR GRANT/AFP/Getty Images)

2001: The Coronation Earrings, made for Queen Victoria in 1858 following the Hanoverian Claim; she later designated them Heirlooms of the Crown


Queen Elizabeth II attends the Order of the Garter Service, 17 June 2002 (MARTYN HAYHOW/AFP/Getty Images)

2002: Another pair of diamond and pearl earrings from the Queen's collection


Queen Elizabeth II attends the Order of the Garter Service, 16 June 2003 (MARTYN HAYHOW/AFP/Getty Images)

2003: The Queen's Diamond Girandole Earrings, described by Leslie Field as being "antique"


Queen Elizabeth II attends the Order of the Garter Service, 14 June 2004 (ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

2004: Another outing for the Coronation Earrings


Queen Elizabeth II attends the Order of the Garter Service, 13 June 2005 (ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

2005: Queen Victoria's Diamond Stud Earrings, which date to at least the 1870s


Queen Elizabeth II attends the Order of the Garter Service, 19 June 2006 (JOHN D MCHUGH/AFP/Getty Images)

2006: Queen Mary's Floret Earrings, which were made for Mary by Garrard in 1939 using a pair of large brilliants given to her as a wedding present by Sir William Mackinnon in 1893


Queen Elizabeth II attends the Order of the Garter Service, 18 June 2007 (LUKE MACGREGOR/AFP/Getty Images)

2007: The George VI Sapphire Earrings, part of a nineteenth-century suite of diamond and sapphire jewelry given to the Queen by her father as a wedding present in 1947


Queen Elizabeth II attends the Order of the Garter Service, 16 June 2008 (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

2008: Queen Mary's Ruby Cluster Earrings, given to Mary by King George V as a fifty-ninth birthday present in 1926


Queen Elizabeth II attends the Order of the Garter Service, 15 June 2009 (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

2009: The Dubai Sapphire and Diamond Earrings, part of a suite of jewelry presented to the Queen in 1979


Queen Elizabeth II attends the Order of the Garter Service, 14 June 2010 (ALASTAIR GRANT/AFP/Getty Images)

2010: The Crown Ruby Earrings, which were originally set with opals when Prince Albert purchased them for Queen Victoria from Garrard in 1854; Queen Alexandra later had them reset with rubies


Queen Elizabeth II attends the Order of the Garter Service, 13 June 2011 (Andrew Winning-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

2011: The Modern Sapphire Suite Earrings, part of a set of jewels that may have been a gift from Saudi Arabia


Queen Elizabeth II attends the Order of the Garter Service, 18 June 2012 (Gareth Cattermole/AFP/Getty Images)

2012: Another outing for the Crown Ruby Earrings


Queen Elizabeth II attends the Order of the Garter Service, 17 June 2013 (Kirsty Wigglesworth - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

2013: The Queen's Diamond Frame Earrings, which are currently loaned to the Duchess of Cambridge


Queen Elizabeth II attends the Order of the Garter Service, 16 June 2014 (Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

2014: Another outing for the Queen's Diamond Girandole Earrings


Queen Elizabeth II attends the Order of the Garter Service, 15 June 2015 (Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

2015: Another outing for Queen Victoria's Pearl Drop Earrings


Queen Elizabeth II attends the Order of the Garter Service, 13 June 2016 (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

2016: Another outing for the Coronation Earrings


Which earrings are you hoping to see the Queen wear today for Garter Day?