Our tribute to the tiaras of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother continues today with a look at a rare outing from a necklace-turned-tiara. Here’s a closer look at Elizabeth wearing the Teck Hoop Necklace Tiara just after the end of World War II.
In February 1946, the British royal family attended the grand reopening of the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden. They watched the Sadler’s Wells Ballet perform The Sleeping Beauty on February 20 from the royal box. From left to right, you’ll spot Princess Elizabeth, Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth, King George VI, and Queen Mary.
Let’s glance at the jewels worn by all of the royals present, shall we? Here are the Queen, in her jewels and evening gown, and the King, whose military medals can be spotted pinned to his jacket.
Queen Elizabeth wore the Teck Hoop Necklace on its tiara frame for the ballet. She liked to wear low-profile tiaras like this one to the theater. (We previously talked about her appearance in the tiara at the Royal Variety Performance in 1937.) She paired the tiara with drop earrings (either the Coronation Earrings or the Greville Pear Drop Earrings—I think the latter) and a gorgeous necklace strung with three rows of pearls.
Queen Mary was in fine glittering form for the performance, wearing one of my favorite tiaras, the Iveagh Tiara. She wore it with additional diamond pieces, including her Chain-Link Choker Necklace, which looks to be supplemented by an additional diamond collet necklace, and diamond earrings.
And here’s the two young princesses. Princess Elizabeth wore a double strand of pearls for the outing, while Princess Margaret chose a necklace with a very interesting pendant.