Our sparkling flashbacks to jewels worn by the late Queen Elizabeth II continues today with an unusual gala jewelry appearance from October 26, 2010.
On Tuesday, October 26, 2010, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh hosted a state banquet at Windsor Castle in honor of their visiting diplomatic guests, the Emir of Qatar and his wife, Sheikha Moza. The dinner took place on the first evening of the Qatari royal couple’s two-day state visit to Britain.
The Queen wore a gold brocade gown for the banquet, which contrasted beautifully with the red Valentino gown and jacket worn by Sheikha Moza. Both ladies added metallic accessories to their outfits, and both wore chivalric decorations: the Order of the British Empire for Sheikha Moza and the collar of the Order of Independence for Queen Elizabeth.
The Queen echoed the warm tones of her gown and her order by wearing pearls. But these weren’t just any pearls: they were pieces from the suite of diamond and pearl jewelry given to her by the Emir’s father and predecessor, Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, during her visit to Qatar in 1979. She wore both the earrings and the necklace from the set for this banquet. The necklace itself is particularly modern and imposing, featuring six strands of pearls with diamond spacers.
The Queen also wore additional pearl pieces from her jewelry box for the occasion, including the pearl setting of the Vladimir Tiara. She added a five-row pearl bracelet with a diamond floral clasp (also an inheritance from Queen Mary) on her right wrist, and wore her pearl evening watch on her left.
Here’s one more look at the Queen’s gleaming pearls and diamonds during the banquet.