03 June 2019

State Banquet Jewels at Buckingham Palace

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The Queen hosted a state banquet at Buckingham Palace tonight in honor of the American President and First Lady, and the royal ladies wore stunning tiaras for the occasion.




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The Queen donned the Burmese Ruby Tiara, which was made in the 1970s. (More on the tiara's creation here!) She paired it with a much older suite of jewels: the Crown Rubies, which were originally set with opals but transformed to ruby jewels by Queen Alexandra. (More on the set here!)


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She secured the sash of the Order of the Garter with a diamond bar brooch that belonged to Queen Victoria. She's also wearing the family orders of her father and grandfather.


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The Duchess of Cornwall wore familiar jewels, including the grand Greville Tiara. (More on the tiara here!) She paired it with her pearl choker necklace with the imposing pink topaz clasp.


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She also wore diamond floral earrings from her family collection.


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A diamond bracelet was also visible on Camilla's left wrist. On her gown, she wore the sash and star of the Royal Victorian Order, plus the Queen's family order.


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The Duchess of Cambridge paired Queen Mary's Lover's Knot Tiara with diamond and sapphire fringe earrings that belonged to the Queen Mother. (More on the tiara over here, and the earrings over here!) She secured her brand-new Royal Victorian Order sash with her Oak Leaf Brooch. (More on the brooch here!)


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Kate also wore the Queen's family order and a four-stranded pearl bracelet.


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The Princess Royal wore diamonds and aquamarines, including the Aquamarine Pineflower Tiara. (More on the tiara here!) The diamond and aquamarine brooch that secured her Garter sash was once the central element of the tiara. She's also wearing her mother's family order.


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A thrilling tiara moment came courtesy of the Countess of Wessex, who debuted a remodeled version of her wedding tiara at the banquet. The tiara's elements have been reconfigured, and the base has been completely redesigned. (See the previous version of the tiara here!) She's also wearing a diamond demi-parure we've seen before (but for which we have no known provenance), as well as the sash and star of the Royal Victorian Order and the Queen's family order.


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The Duchess of Gloucester wore the lovely all-diamond setting of Queen Mary's Honeysuckle Tiara for the banquet. (More on the tiara here!) Her additional diamond pieces (earrings, necklace, buckle brooch, clips) all come from the collection of her mother-in-law, the late Princess Alice. The sash and star of the Royal Victorian Order and the Queen's family order complete the look.


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Princess Alexandra chose her only personally-owned sparkler, the Ogilvy Tiara, in its pearl setting for the banquet. (More on the tiara here!) She also wore one of her diamond choker necklaces, a pearl bracelet, pearl earrings, and an astonishing pearl and diamond brooch. That jewels secured her Garter sash. She's also wearing the Queen's family order, as well as the family order of King George VI. (Alexandra and the Queen are the only surviving recipients of the George VI family order; the Queen is the only living recipient of the George V order.)


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Princess Michael of Kent wore diamonds and pearls for the banquet, including the grand Kent Pearl Festoon Tiara. (More on the tiara here!)


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