Last week, one of the Queen’s royal jewels featured prominently in a new birthday portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge. Today, we’re looking more closely at the versatile Diamond Frame Earrings.
The earrings feature a cluster stud with a floral motif, from which a pendant of four graduating diamonds is suspended. The pendant is surrounded by a diamond frame. We don’t know any specific provenance information about the earrings, but the Queen has worn them on a handful of occasions. Above, in May 2012, she wears the earrings with the Diamond Diadem for the State Opening of Parliament.
A year later, in June 2013, she wore the earrings for Garter Day in Windsor.
The Duchess of Cambridge wore the earrings for the first time in public in November 2016, for the Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools Awards at Mansion House in London.
Since then, Kate has worn the earrings both for evening occasions and more formal daytime events. Here, she wears the earrings at Trooping the Colour in June 2017.
In November 2017, she wore the earrings with the Queen Mother’s Diamond Quatrefoil Bracelet at a gala dinner for the Anna Freud Center at Kensington Palace.
She paired the earrings with an elegant evening gown for dinner with the Norwegian royal family at the Royal Palace in Oslo in February 2018.
In July 2018, she wore the earrings with the Dacre Brooch for a service to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force at Westminster Abbey in London.
She also wore them in October 2018 for the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor.
The earrings made another appearance at Windsor when Kate selected them for a special event to thank local volunteers and key workers for their work in helping others during the pandemic and lockdown periods in December 2020.
Most recently, Kate wore the earrings for a portrait taken by Paolo Roversi at Kew Gardens in November 2021. For the portrait, she paired the frame earrings with a red gown by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.
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