Forty years ago today, the eyes of the world were on Lady Diana Spencer as she walked up the aisle of St. Paul’s Cathedral to marry the Prince of Wales. Today, we’re marking the anniversary by looking back at the wedding jewels worn by Diana, as well as her mother, her sisters, and her nieces.
The Queen’s jewelry collection is packed with brooches set with a rainbow of gemstones, and she has numerous examples of pieces set with rubies. Today, I’ve got a roundup of some of the Queen’s sparkling ruby brooches!
By the early 1960s, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom had already been on the throne for a decade. That’s a decade’s worth of experience in white-tie banquets, state visits, and overseas tours, all of which required the coordination of gowns, order sashes, and jewels. It’s not a coincidence that this is also the point when she began acquiring a few pieces of jewelry of her own, filling in holes in her collection. Today’s jewel, the Baring Ruby Necklace, was one of those additions.