We’ve chatted about the regalia and jewels worn by the King and Queen at today’s coronation, as well as the jewels of the working royals. But, believe it or not, there was even more interesting jewelry in the Abbey on Saturday, including lots of pieces with fascinating historical provenance.
Princess Beatrice doesn’t usually wear much jewelry, but she made an exception for the coronation, adding a pair of earrings to her usual gold bracelets and rings.
With her raspberry pink dress and golden headpiece, she wore a pair of pink sapphire, rubelite, and pink opal earrings from Garrard.
Princess Eugenie, who is expecting her second child, wore navy for the coronation, accessorized with diamonds.
Her earrings and necklace are also from Garrard (from their “Albemarle” collection).
Zara Tindall wore diamond earrings from Calleija, a brand with which she’s collaborated in the past, and an important family brooch.
She borrowed this diamond ribbon and tassel brooch from her mother, the Princess Royal.
Here’s Anne wearing the brooch (with her diamond festoon tiara and necklace) at the Guildhall during the Spanish state visit in the summer of 2017. The brooch was a wedding gift to Anne from her brother, King Charles III, in November 1973.
Lady Sarah Chatto wore cream for the coronation, accessorized with diamonds and pearls. Her pearl necklace with the diamond clasp and her pearl and diamond earrings both come from her late mother, Princess Margaret.
Here’s Margaret wearing the earrings, which I think have a suspected Greville provenance, with the Lotus Flower Tiara and the Poltimore in its necklace setting at the Guildhall in 1959. Sarah’s had the earrings for years and even wore them for her own wedding back in 1994.
Lady Sarah’s niece, Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones, wore a dress with lots of texture and a pair of earrings with triangular drops.
The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester’s children were all in attendance, and both Davina and Rose borrowed pieces from their mother’s jewelry box. Here, Lady Davina wears a pair of her mother’s ruby and diamond earrings.
Here’s Birgitte wearing the same earrings at the Festival of Remembrance in 2019.
And Lady Rose wore her mother’s diamond and sapphire floral earrings and clip brooches.
Birgitte wears the earrings and the brooches here for a garden party at Buckingham Palace in 2015.
The third Kent sibling, Prince Michael, was present for the coronation with his wife, Marie-Christine.
She wore family pearl drop earrings with a major diamond, emerald, and sapphire brooch.
The floral brooch looks like it could be a brand-new piece, but it’s an antique from the collection of the late Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent. Here, in August 1942, Marina wears the brooch for Prince Michael’s christening at Windsor Castle.
The Duke and Duchess of Kent’s daughter, Lady Helen Taylor, wore lovely diamond and pearl drop earrings.
Prince and Princess Michael’s daughter, Lady Gabriella Kingston, also brought us an exciting jewelry moment. With her diamond wedding earrings, she wore an emerald and diamond shamrock brooch that has been worn by four generations of the family.
Here’s a photograph of Queen Mary wearing the brooch (pinned at her waist) in the late 1890s, when she was still Duchess of York. She later passed the brooch on to Princess Marina. More recently it’s been worn by Princess Michael of Kent, and now by Lady Gabriella.