For lots of people, October makes them immediately think of Halloween. But for me, there’s another favorite celebration on tap this month: Oktoberfest! We’re having our own little version of the big party this week in our Sparkling Spotlight posts, which feature royal jewels worn on trips to Germany. Let’s kick things off with a little diamond action from Queen Elizabeth II, shall we?
In November 2004, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh embarked on a three-day visit to Germany. President Horst Koehler and his wife, Eva, were their hosts for a state banquet at the Zeughaus, home of Berlin’s German history museum.
The Queen opted for classic diamonds with a light purple gown and silver accessories for the dinner. She anchored the outfit with the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara. Appropriately, the tiara originally belonged to Queen Mary, who (though born in Britain) was a member of the extended royal family of Württemberg.
With the tiara, she wore the Antique Girandole Earrings and her modern diamond fringe necklace.
The champagne toast during the banquet allowed us a glimpse of even more jewelry. She wore a pair of diamond rings on her right hand, plus the Baguette and Brilliant Bracelet on her right wrist. The classic diamond and platinum bracelet was given to her by her father, King George VI, in 1949.