The Queen’s royal jewelry box is full of pieces set with rubies, including at least two tiaras and several important necklaces and bracelets. Today, we’ve got a look at a ruby-filled state banquet appearance by Elizabeth II in Slovenia back in the autumn of 2008.
This entire state visit was full of outfits with wintry flair, and this state dinner ensemble was no exception. From the furry trim to the brocade fabric, the Queen’s gown was perfect for a cold climate. The Golden Order of Freedom of the Republic of Slovenia, with its distinctive gold and red triangular ribbon, was pinned to her dress.
The Queen donned several pieces of jewelry set with diamonds and rubies for the occasion. The ensemble was anchored by the Burmese Ruby Tiara, one of the newest sparklers in the Queen’s collection. She commissioned the tiara from Garrard in the 1970s.
Diamonds from the dismantled Nizam of Hyderabad Tiara were combined with a cache of Burmese rubies to make the jewel, which features a modern rose pattern in its design.
With the tiara, the Queen wore Queen Mary’s Ruby Cluster Earrings. The classic diamond and ruby earrings were Queen Mary’s birthday present from her husband, King George V, in 1926.
The ruby and diamond necklace that the Queen wore for the dinner was partially obscured by the fur-trimmed neckline of her gown. It’s the Baring Ruby Necklace, bought by the Queen in 1964, when the Crown Rubies were still being worn by the Queen Mother.
The Queen finished off the look with a diamond evening watch on her left wrist, and her modern ruby and diamond bracelet (with its distinctive oval plaques) on her right.
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