All That Glitters: The Duchess of Cambridge’s Loaned Necklaces


We’re again with one other in our sequence of stories on jewellery loaned to the Duchess by The Queen.  At the moment we’re necklaces, and we’ll start with the primary necklace loaned to the Duchess by HM, the Nizam of Hyderabad.

The Duchess was first seen sporting the necklace to the annual Nationwide Portrait Gallery gala in 2014

The necklace was a marriage reward to Princess Elizabeth in 1947. We study extra from The Courtroom Jeweller

The necklace in query was a marriage reward to the then-Princess Elizabeth from the Nizam of Hyderabad in 1947. Asaf Jah VII was the ruler (or Nizam) of Hyderabad, which is situated within the south-central a part of the sub-continent of India (which was then beneath British colonial rule). He was one of many richest males on the planet, so he may afford to present the princess a really spectacular wedding ceremony reward. He adopted by means of by fulfilling most jewel-lovers’ biggest dream: he left directions with Cartier to let the princess choose something from their current inventory for her current.

Right here you see HM sporting the necklace in October 1955 as she arrives on the Royal Efficiency of ‘To Catch A Thief’ on the Odeon Cinema, Leicester.  
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 And here’s a studio portrait of HM, additionally performed in 1955. Her Majesty’s Jewel Vault notes, “As with lots of her necklaces, the Queen did finally shorten the chain to swimsuit her tastes, and he or she nonetheless wears it on occasion at this time.” (You may additionally acknowledge the Marriage ceremony Present Bracelet on her proper wrist.)
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One other view of the Duchess sporting the necklace in 2014.

We return to The Courtroom Jeweller.  

The necklace, which was made by Cartier in 1935, is particularly intricate, that includes extra geometric diamonds nestled within the summary floral design. Hugh Roberts describes it as follows: “The pavé-set centre with removable double-drop pendant incorporating 13 emerald-cut diamonds and a pear-shaped drop; the chain of 38 brilliant-cut open-back collets with an elongated oval brilliant-set snap” [3]. The piece had truly been beforehand owned; it had been offered in 1936, after which reacquired by Cartier from the customer the next 12 months.

Under you see HM sporting the necklace in a photograph used for the duvet of Elizabeth: Reigning in Type, a e-book finding out the Queen’s wardrobe over the many years.

The Duchess wore the necklace once more final 12 months for the annual diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace.

Kate paired it with an Alexander McQueen robe and the Lover’s Knot tiara.

Here’s a side-by-side view of the necklace framed by two completely different attire.

Our subsequent piece has solely been seen as soon as on the Duchess.

That was when the Cambridges have been on their technique to the 2017 diplomatic reception. It is likely one of the Queen’s collet types, described by Her Majesty’s Jewel Vault as a “primary necklace with single spherical diamonds (of appreciable dimension on their very own) in a single row.” Under, slightly bit higher have a look at the necklace and one in all Diana’s Collingwood pearl drop earrings.

Under, HM sporting the necklace throughout a 2010 state go to to the United Arab Emirates. 

Extra from Her Majesty’s Jewel Vault

Any good royal assortment has at the very least one diamond collet necklace…  Queen Mary was an enormous fan, typically piling on a number of necklaces in order to create nearly a diamond turtleneck for herself.

The Queen additionally wears collet necklaces, however she tends to stay to one after the other. In accordance with Hugh Roberts in The Queen’s Diamonds, Queen Mary had eight collet necklaces, and a pair of of these have been left to the Queen.

A better look. 

And yet one more view of the Duchess.

Subsequent on our record, the Ruby and Diamond Floral Bandeau, worn in July 2017 for the Spain state dinner

There was only a glimpse of it because the Cambridges headed to the dinner.

Extra in regards to the glittering piece from Her Majesty’s Jewel Vault:

This necklace was one of many Queen’s wedding ceremony presents from her mother and father, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. It was a part of the Greville bequest, the gathering of jewellery left to Queen Elizabeth by the Hon. Mrs. Ronald Greville when she died. Mrs. Greville bought the necklace from Boucheron in 1907.

You may see the necklace on this show of wedding ceremony presents given to Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip at St James’ Palace in 1947. 
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Under, HM sporting the necklace in August 2018 for a dinner with Commonwealth Heads of Authorities. From left to proper: Prince Charles, HM, Commonwealth Secretary-Common Patricia Scotland, and Prime Minister Theresa Might.  

A greater view of the necklace. 

Again to Her Majesty’s Jewel Vault for extra particulars in regards to the piece. 

The intricate piece is about in silver and gold and options single rubies between diamond flowers. It’s an fascinating bandeau format, a deep v-shape culminating in a diamond pendant. The Queen did shorten it, as she tends to do with necklaces…

One other view of HM on the Commonwealth dinner and the Duchess, sporting a Marchesa robe with a deep neckline showcasing the necklace.

Hopefully, we’ll see this piece once more at a operate the place there may be extra entry for a photographer.  

We now have a look at the 4 Row Pearl Choker, worn for a personal dinner at Windsor Fort in 2017, celebrating the Queen and Prince Philip’s 70th wedding ceremony anniversary in 2017.  

We have now extra from The Courtroom Jeweller

…one of many lesser-seen necklaces in her assortment is the four-stranded pearl choker necklace with an uncommon diamond clasp.

Leslie Discipline writes that the necklace was made “from pearls in [the Queen’s] assortment.” The pearls have been reportedly a present from the Japanese authorities, probably acquired in the course of the 1970s, when she made a state go to to that nation. The necklace was constructed by Garrard. Discipline additionally speculates that the clasp of the necklace is massive sufficient to accommodate an extra strand of pearls, ought to the Queen ever select to make this a five-stranded choker.

Right here you see HM sporting the piece to a 1983 dinner in Bangladesh. 
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The necklace was loaned to Diana, Princess of Wales, for a 1982 banquet at Hampton Courtroom Palace (photograph right here).  Under, one other view of the Duchess sporting the piece. 
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Our remaining merchandise is Queen Alexandra’s Marriage ceremony Necklace.

The Duchess wore it to the October 2018 Netherlands state dinner, additionally the primary time we noticed the Duchess sporting the Royal Household Order.   

The necklace was a part of a parure (a time period referring to a jewellery set designed to be worn collectively) given by Prince Albert to Princess Alexandra of Denmark in 1863 on the event of their wedding ceremony. Prince Albert was the long run King Edward VII.

The necklace options “eight massive pearls surrounded by diamonds and linked by diamond festoons with drop pearls hanging from the central clusters, and was a favourite of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mom,” in accordance with The Royal Order of Splendor.

Her Majesty’s Jewel Vault stories “Queen Mary gave the necklace to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mom, and he or she wore it consistently.” Under, The Queen Mom is seen sporting it in 1985 for an engagement celebrating her 85th birthday.  
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Under, two extra views of the Duchess within the piece.

And that wraps up our have a look at necklaces HM has loaned the Duchess. I might like to know what you consider them. 

In case you missed our earlier stories, Half One coated Kate’s Borrowed Brooches

In Half Two we checked out Borrowed Bracelets worn by the Duchess

Half Three targeted on the earrings loaned to the Duchess

As ever, monumental because of The Courtroom Jeweller and the Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor/Her Majesty’s Jewel Vault for his or her work documenting the royal jewel chests.  

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