Hope all of your holiday celebrations are going smashingly, magpies! Let’s add a little extra glitter to the proceedings with a look at a few highlights from this year’s British royal Christmas walk to church at Sandringham.
King Charles III and Queen Camilla of the United Kingdom led the royal family to church on Christmas morning at Sandringham on Monday. The party included a whole lot of royals, including all of the King’s siblings, the Waleses, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Let’s look at a few of the best royal jewels on display, shall we?
Queen Camilla wore a camel-colored ensemble for the day, accessorized with her favorite diamond floral and pearl drop earrings and a special brooch.
The brooch, which appears to be set with diamonds and pale yellow gemstones (topazes?), is in the shape of a cross, but when Buckingham Palace briefed royal reporters about the jewel, they referred to it as the “raspberry pip” brooch.
Per the palace, the jewel comes from the collection of the late Queen Elizabeth II.
The late Queen wore a similar brooch for a church service in Flitcham near the Sandringham estate in January 2003. The two jewels share many design similarities but do not appear to be the same piece.
The Princess of Wales wore blue for Christmas this year, accessorized with Princess Diana’s familiar pair of double sapphire cluster earrings. (We’ve seen these on Kate numerous times in recent months.)
Princess Anne also wore a familiar jewel: her gold and diamond ribbon brooch. She’s had the brooch in her jewelry box for more than half a century.
The Duchess of Edinburgh wore a pair of earrings with smoky gemstone drops. These appear to be the same ones that she wore earlier this year for a garden party at Buckingham Palace.
Lady Sarah Chatto, daughter of the late Princess Margaret, wore special jewelry for this year’s Christmas church service. Her diamond starburst earrings and her diamond and pearl star brooch both belonged to her mother. She recently wore the same jewels for the Together at Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey.
And we’ll close this jewelry highlight reel with a surprise final entry: Fergie! Sarah, Duchess of York was present for the walk to church for the first time in decades this year, wearing a petite, festive Christmas tree brooch and a bracelet spelling out the names of her daughters.