15 August 2018

The Daily Diadem: Princess Anne's Birthday Portrait Tiara

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Princess Anne of the United Kingdom (now Princess Royal) wears a diamond scroll tiara in a portrait taken to mark her twenty-first birthday, August 1971; the tiara, which Anne has not worn again in public, may have been borrowed for the occasion


Princess Anne's Modern Pearl Earrings

Anne wears the earrings for a national service of thanksgiving for the 90th birthday of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at St Paul's Cathedral, 10 June 2016 (JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

The Princess Royal celebrates her birthday today, and in her honor, we're spending our morning with pieces from her jewelry box that have stood the test of time: her modern pearl, gold, and diamond earrings.


14 August 2018

The Daily Diadem: Princess Andrew's Meander Tiara

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Princess Anne of the United Kingdom (now Princess Royal) wears Princess Andrew's Meander Tiara at the British Embassy in Vienna during a state visit to Austria, 9 May 1969; read more about the tiara's story here!


Queen Anne-Marie's Modern Emerald Jewels

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When you think of emeralds worn by the last Queen of the Hellenes, Anne-Marie of Denmark, your mind will almost certainly head straight for the grand emerald parure that belongs to the Greek royal family. But Anne-Marie's collection also includes other emerald jewels, including the modern set of ruby and emerald jewels we're looking at today.


13 August 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Cartier Halo Tiara

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Princess Anne of the United Kingdom (now Princess Royal) wears the Cartier Halo Tiara at the State Opening of Parliament, 31 October 1967; read more about the tiara over here!


Golden Championship Jewels for Hisako

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On Friday, the Princess Takamado, one of Japan's most important imperial sports ambassadors, headed to ZOZO Marine Stadium in Chiba to show some imperial support for a major sports championship.


12 August 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Russian Pearl Wave Coronet



A catalogue image shows the diamond and pearl coronet-style tiara made for Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia, mother of the last tsar; the whereabouts of this tiara (and its accompanying pieces, all of which were also confiscated by the Bolsheviks) are not known


Jacqueline Kennedy's Sunburst Brooch

Jacqueline Kennedy wears the sunburst brooch in her hair during the Luxembourgish state visit, 30 Apr 1963 (National Archive/Newsmakers)

When you think of American style icons of the last century, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis almost has to be on your list. But she didn't just have impeccable taste in clothing -- she also had a pretty impressive jewelry collection. Today, we're looking at one of the workhorse pieces from Jackie's White House days: her diamond sunburst brooch.


11 August 2018

The Daily Diadem: Lily Vanderbilt Sloane's Wave Tiara

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Stella McCartney wears a diamond wave tiara, made for the heiress Lily Vanderbilt Sloane, as a hair ornament at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, 2 May 2011; the tiara, made by Cartier around the time of Lily's 1902 wedding to William Osgood Field, is now once again part of the Cartier Collection


Princess Mabel's Tiaras

Princess Mabel arrives for her wedding in Delft, 24 Apr 2004 (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Happy birthday to Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau! Mabel, who is a daughter-in-law of Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands and a sister-in-law of King Willem-Alexander, celebrates her milestone 50th birthday today, and we're marking the occasion with a look at the sparkling tiaras she's worn since becoming a princess.


10 August 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Baumer Aigrette

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Princess Charlene of Monaco wears the Baumer Aigrette during her wedding reception, 2 July 2011; read more about the sparkling aigrette here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: August 3-9


August 3-9, 2018

Summer jewels are in full swing in the royal world -- don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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10. Queen Letizia of Spain wore threader-style earrings with a golden star stud to host Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and his wife, Maria Begona Gomez Fernandez, at Marivent Palace in Palma de Mallorca on Monday. (More over here!)

09 August 2018

The Daily Diadem: Princess Noriko's Wave Tiara

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Princess Noriko of Takamado wears her diamond and pearl wave tiara at the farewell ceremony before her wedding to Kunimaro Senge, October 2014; the tiara, which was made by Mikimoto, went back into the imperial vaults upon Noriko's marriage


Spanish Royal Sparkle in Palma de Mallorca

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The Spanish royal family is currently enjoying their annual summer holiday in Palma de Mallorca, and both Queen Letizia and Queen Sofia have been sporting some lovely jewels during their public appearances this week.


08 August 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Mellerio Shell Tiara

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Queen Sofia of Spain wears the Mellerio Shell Tiara for a state banquet in honor of President Fox of Mexico, 15 October 2001; read more about the tiara over here!


Queen Anne-Marie's Diamond Swan Brooch

Anne-Marie wears the brooch at Crown Princess Victoria's pre-wedding gala in Stockholm, June 2010 (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

We're continuing to pilfer through the jewelry box of our Magpie of the Month -- Queen Anne-Marie, who was once Queen of the Hellenes -- and today, we've got a look at her glittering diamond brooch in the shape of a swan.


07 August 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Ocean Tiara

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The Ocean Tiara is displayed at the Musée Océanographique de Monaco, 11 July 2011; read more about the story of this wedding gift over here!


Jewel History: Princess to Spend Quiet Day at Secluded Cottage (1958)

Princess Margaret visits Fort St. John during her tour of Canada, 1958 (Stan Meagher/Express/Getty Images)

"Princess to Spend Quiet Day at Secluded Cottage"
(originally appeared in the Nanaimo Daily News, 8 Aug 1958)

FREDERICTON -- Princess Margaret [1] spends a quiet day in a secluded summer cottage on the St. John River near here today. Her only official appearance will be at the harness racing here tonight.

A cottage named Journey's End about seven miles north of here, owned by contractor Stanley Cassidy, was reported to be the hideaway. Officials would neither confirm nor deny the report.


06 August 2018

The Daily Diadem: Queen Sofia's Tiara

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Queen Silvia of Sweden wears Queen Sofia's Tiara at the Nobel Prize banquet in Stockholm, December 2009; read my interpretation of the tiara's unusual symbolic design here!


Bejeweled Close-Ups: The George IV Diamond Diadem

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One of the most important historical jewels in the British royal vaults, the Diamond Diadem made for King George IV makes one significant outing each year. In the meantime, I've got some excellent views of the piece for you today, so you can enjoy its sparkle up close!


05 August 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Vladimir Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the Vladimir Tiara for a meeting with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican, 17 October 1980; read more about the tiara here!


Queen Margrethe's Anchor Brooches

Margrethe wears her diamond and sapphire anchor brooch in Berlin, September 2014 (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

When you're the monarch of a nation with a grand maritime history, it's no surprise that your jewelry box contains more than one brooch with a seafaring theme. Today, we're looking at two anchor brooches worn by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

04 August 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Antique Corsage Tiara

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Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes wears the Antique Corsage Tiara for an audience with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican, 4 April 1966; read more about the tiara here!


The Teck Hoop Necklace Tiara

The Queen Mother wears the tiara at the Royal Variety Performance in 1938

Today would have been the 118th birthday of the Queen Mother, one of the most important British royal figures of the last century. (Interestingly, it's also the Duchess of Sussex's birthday -- happy birthday to Meghan!) We're celebrating the Queen Mum today with a look at one of her historic royal jewels: the Teck Hoop Necklace, which she cleverly repurposed as a tiara.


03 August 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Aosta Knots and Stars Tiara

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Princess Claude of Orleans, Duchess of Aosta wears the Aosta Knots and Stars Tiara for an audience with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican shortly after her marriage, 1964; read more about the tiara here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: July 26-August 2


July 26-August 2, 2018

The royal summer holidays are upon us, but we've still got some lovely pieces to enjoy this week. Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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10. Infanta Elena of Spain wore simple earrings with a ring design while sailing in the 37th Copa del Rey Mapfre in Palma de Mallorca on Thursday.


02 August 2018

The Daily Diadem: Princess Benedikte's Floral Birthday Tiara

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Princess Benedikte of Denmark wears her Floral Birthday Tiara for an audience with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican, 23 April 1964; read more about the tiara here!


Queen Alexandrine's Diamond Sautoir Necklaces

Anne-Marie wears her necklace for the pre-wedding gala in Spain, 21 May 2004 (ODD ANDERSON/AFP/Getty Images)

This August, we're devoting our Magpie of the Month posts to a woman who celebrates her birthday in a few weeks: Anne-Marie, the Danish princess who was Queen of Greece in her youth. We're kicking things off with a piece that connects her with her Danish royal heritage: her diamond necklace, made from a sautoir that belonged to Queen Alexandrine.


01 August 2018

Royal Regalia Stolen in Sweden

Police tape blocks off an area near the Swedish cathedral where pieces of royal regalia were stolen on Tuesday (PONTUS STENBERG/AFP/Getty Images)

Sad news out of Sweden this week: around noon on Tuesday, thieves swiped a pair of crowns and an orb from a display at Strängnäs Cathedral.


The Daily Diadem: Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik for an audience with Pope John XXIII at the Vatican, 5 May 1961; read more about the tiara here!


Book Review: The Quest for Queen Mary (2018)

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When I was considering possible selections for this month's book club pick, there was one book that I really wanted to select -- but, for practical reasons, decided I couldn't. The latest from Hugo Vickers, The Quest for Queen Mary, is an absolutely fantastic read, even though it's currently a bit tough to get a hold of.