This weekend, the Duchess of Gloucester celebrated a major milestone: her 75th birthday. To help continue the celebrations, we’ve got a week of Sparkling Spotlight moments featuring some of her most sparkling jewels. Let’s kick things off with a diamond-studded appearance in France in 2004.
On December 6, 2004, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester traveled to the Palace of Versailles, where they attended a fundraising gala dedicated to causes working to stop child abuse. Birgitte wore diamonds with a ruby-red velvet gown for the occasion. (The Gloucesters are pictured here with Anne-Aymone Giscard d’Estaing, who was France’s first lady from 1974 until 1981.)
Here’s a look at the back of the Duchess’s dramatic gown. I love that she chose a red velvet gown that flashes slightly green in bright light (like photographers’ flashes)—it feels very appropriate for December and the season of holiday celebrations.
She continued the red-and-green theme by carrying a lovely green embroidered clutch bag. She also brought a velvet wrap that matched her gown.
Red velvet pretty much requires diamonds and rubies, and the Duchess wore both for the gala. Her necklace, which features a large diamond ornament with diamond drop pendants, belonged to her mother-in-law, Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester. The pendant can also be worn as a brooch. It was a wedding gift to Alice from her parents-in-law, King George V and Queen Mary.
She also wore diamond and ruby earrings for the occasion.
She finished off the look with diamonds at both of her wrists. Overall, a really lovely look that still looks chic and occasion-appropriate more than 15 years later!