I wrote about Queen Elizabeth's Three Stand Necklace a few years ago. I loved sharing the details of her beloved pearl necklace. Keep reading to learn of the provenance of her gems.
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But, the reason I am revisiting this post, over two years later, is because I have an update on this beautiful pearl necklace.
Queen Elizabeth has now passed away.
A luncheon was held at the palace in the days prior to the Queen's funeral. This luncheon was for the govenors-general of the Commonwealth nations. And Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales, attended wearing the Queen's signature piece.
This image is what I love more than anything. The connection of these two women through the pearls they wear. What an honor to wear the Queen's pearl necklace. Kate has been spotting many of her pieces since her death.
Is she establishing herself as a rightful member of the Royal Family? A queen-to-be. Is she honoring her late Grandmother-in-Law? Is she simply enjoying the memories of this iconic woman? No doubt, a connection is made through pearls. And, possibly, she is connecting to the Queen and to all of those that came before her. See my post... Two Princesses, A Queen and One Pearl Necklace
Here is some more info on the Queen's triple strand necklace!
Notice the three strand necklace? It is one of three of the almost exact same necklaces that she wears in rotation.
Her first triple strand necklace was gifted to her when she was only nine! It was a gift from her grandfather, King George V.
The third triple strand necklace was gifted to her in 1953 by the Emir of Qatar. Now, from what I know about the Middle East, they are serious about natural pearls. The Persian Gulf used to be a major source of natural pearls. Which means, if the Emir is gifting Queen Elizabeth, he would never, ever give her cultured pearls. Some in Qatar believe that cultured pearls are not “real” pearls! This means, I would bet my last dollar that he gifted her with a triple strand natural pearl necklace! Amazing.
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And somewhere in between these two gifts, Queen Elizabeth commissioned her own triple strand necklace! According to an article in People Magazine, this is the necklace that she wore in her Coronavirus address to the U.K. on Sunday evening. She paired her triple strand necklace with a diamond and turquoise brooch that King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra gifted to her grandmother, Queen Mary. Way to keep it classy, Queen E!
People magazine went on to say that it was this necklace she wore on her previous addresses to the nation: on the eve of the funeral of Princess Diana in 1997, at her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, upon the death of her mother in 2002 and during the Gulf War in 1991.
Here she is at the Diamond Jubilee in 2012:
And, of course at her address Sunday night:
Seeing the Queen’s pearls is such an inspiration for us! In fact, we created our Graduated Pearl Necklace after a specific request by a customer who fell in love with the series, The Crown! We love the Queen’s pearls and we love the look of graduated pearls.
We will keep an eye on the Queen’s pearls, especially now that they belong to the Princess of Wales!