Our Sparkling Spotlight on jewels worn by royal women with April birthdays continues with a modern emerald appearance from the Queen of Canada in 2002.
In the autumn of 2002, Queen Elizabeth II embarked on a lengthy Golden Jubilee tour of Canada. On October 10, she attended a gala at Roy Thomson Hall in Ontario as part of the celebrations.
She was escorted at the black-tie gala by Prime Minister Jean Chretien. For the occasion, she wore a light green evening gown with floral embroidery. She also wore the insignia of two Canadian decorations: the Order of Canada and the Order of Military Merit.
The Queen also met with several of the performers at the gala, including the famous jazz pianist Oscar Peterson.
And would it really be a Canadian gala performance without the Tragically Hip?
With her green gown, the Queen also wore green jewels. The spotlight piece of the ensemble was the Vladimir Tiara, worn in its Cambridge emerald setting. Queen Mary had the antique Romanov jewel adjusted to be worn with her own family’s emerald drops after she purchased the piece following the revolution.
The Queen paired it with another suite of emerald jewels. This modern diamond and emerald demi-parure has been in the news recently, as the Queen loaned it to the Duchess of Cambridge for a royal tour. The suite consists of a pair of earrings, a necklace, and a bracelet, all worn by the Queen in Canada for this 2002 gala.