17 April 2021

The Daily Diadem: Queen Rania's Diamond Tiara

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Queen Rania of Jordan (with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh) wears a diamond tiara for a state banquet at Windsor Castle, November 2001; more on the Jordanian tiara collection here!

The Queen's Royal Mourning Jewels

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Several years ago, I answered a reader question here about the brooches that the Queen wore during the mourning period for Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997. I'm still frequently sent questions about royal mourning jewels—what's considered appropriate for mourning in the modern world, how the pieces are chosen, etc. As you can imagine, many of those same questions have been asked over the past week. In older days (for example, during the reign of Queen Victoria) there were stricter guidelines available for mourning clothes and jewelry. (Blacks, grays, mauves, lots of jet.) In our time, jewels for mourning are selected on a more personal and individual basis, but there are still some general ideas that seem to be followed.

Today, as the royal family gathers for the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, we will see royal mourning jewelry in the world's spotlight once more. I won't be sharing speculation here about the jewelry that the Queen and the other royals will or won't wear for the funeral. (It's not a fashion moment.) But I thought I would show some of the jewelry choices that the Queen has made in the past for the many funerals and memorials she's attended over the course of her reign, particularly those in more recent years, to give you an idea of the way that she handles these moments from a jewelry perspective.

16 April 2021

The Bedtime Brooch: The Dorset Bow Brooch

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom (with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh) wears the Dorset Bow Brooch at Longchamp Racecourse during their official visit to Paris, May 1972; more on the brooch over here!

The Daily Diadem: The Norwegian Emerald Parure Tiara

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Queen Sonja of Norway (escorted by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh) wears the tiara and jewels from the Norwegian Emerald Parure for a state banquet in Oslo, May 2001; more on the tiara over here!

Queen Margrethe II's Royal Tiaras

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Today, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark celebrates her 81st birthday. To help mark the milestone, we've got something fun: a rundown of the royal tiaras she's worn over the years. Get ready for a whole lot of Danish royal jewel sparkle!