Our rainbow-themed journey through the Queen’s wardrobe continues today with a sparkling orange evening gown—and the spectacular sapphires and diamonds she wore with it!
In October 1989, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh made an official visit to Singapore. During the visit, she and Philip hosted a dinner for Singapore’s President and First Lady, Wee Kim Wee and Koh Sok Hiong, aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia.
For the dinner, the Queen wore a sparkling evening gown in a bright shade of tangerine. The gown featured a square neckline, ruffled sleeves, and a tiered hem. She pinned the star of her Singaporean order, the Order of Temasek, to the bodice of the dress.
With the orange dress, the Queen wore jewels in a contrasting shade from the opposite side of the color wheel. The Belgian Sapphire Tiara, a converted necklace that once belonged to a Belgian princess, had been in the Queen’s jewelry box for more than two decades at this point. She paired it with the George VI Sapphires, a set that includes a necklace, earrings, and bracelet. The Queen received the sapphires from her father as a wedding present in 1947.
She wore the sapphire bracelet on her right wrist and an evening watch on her left for the occasion.