A look at Queen Elizabeth II’s most stunning jewellery

April 20, 2019 By King

A look at Queen Elizabeth II’s most stunning jewellery

Queen Elizabeth II turns 93 on 21 April and as the longest-reigning British monarch—who carries out more than 300 engagements a year—that means a lot of royal regalia. Vogue highlights some shining examples from over the years

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Anyone lucky enough to inherit a beloved family gem knows the sentimental value these heirlooms can carry, regardless of carat weight. But what if the contents of your jewellery box are international treasures? Made up of some of the world’s most famous precious gems, Queen Elizabeth II’s collection is enough to astound even the most magpie-eyed among us. A couple of Her Highness’s highlights include the elegant, diamond-encrusted Fringe Tiara (check out some other breathtaking royal tiaras here) worn on her wedding day in 1947, which famously snapped hours before the nuptials. Then, there’s her extraordinarily extravagant coronation regalia; just one of the stones that form the Imperial State Crown is the Cullinan II diamond weighing in at 317 carats.

For formal occasions, she opts for a parure, a set consisting of a matching necklace, earrings and, of course, a tiara. The diadem affectionately known as “Granny’s Tiara” can be seen atop her head on British currency, and has been taken on royal tours such as those to Bangladesh in 1983 and, a few years ago, Germany in 2015. Worn with as much restraint as humongous gemstones can allow for, the monarch prefers to select a few stand-out items to complement an ensemble rather than adorn oneself in too much sparkle, always finishing with a brooch, like the floral-shaped Williamson Jonquil pink diamond, pinned up high to the collar.

Perhaps most synonymous with the Regina’s style and an essential component of her daily uniform is a pearl necklace. She owns countless versions, but one of her favourites is a comparatively modest string given to her as a young girl by her grandfather, King George V. It shows that no matter how fine a piece of jewellery, it’s the personal connection that makes it priceless.

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Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II with her husband Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, after their marriage, wearing the Garrard diamond fringe tiara, 1947.

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Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh pictured together in the Grand Entrance in Buckingham Palace in 1954

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Queen Elizabeth II talks with Louis Mountbatten as they attend the premiere of the film ‘Dunkirk’ at the Empire Cinema in Leicester Square, London on March 20th 1958

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Queen Elizabeth II attending a film premiere at London’s Odeon Leicester Square 1961 wearing Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara and Dagmar Necklace

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Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to New Zealand, March 1970

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Queen Elizabeth II, wearing the Vladimir Tiara, arrives on June 15, 1972 at the Claridge in London.

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Queen Elizabeth II during the state visit to Finland 1976

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Queen Elizabeth II atttends a state banquet on a trip to the United States in July, 1976.

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Queen Elizabeth II At The Windsor Horse Show wearing her engagement ring and the Cullinan V diamond heart brooch

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The Queen attending a premiere of the film Absence Of Malice at The Odeon In Leicester Square

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The Queen smiling at a banquet, wearing the Girls Of Great Britain And Ireland Diamond Tiara and an emerald necklace and earrings which are known as The Cambridge And Delhi Durbar Parure

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Queen Elizabeth II attends a banquet in India

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Queen Elizabeth II visit to Bangladesh – 1983

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Queen Elizabeth II, wearing a necklace and brooch of amethyst jewels and the tiara known as the ‘Granny’s Tiara’, attends a banquet in Portugal on March 26, 1985

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Queen Elizabeth II during a visit The Isle Of Man In August 1989 wearing a hat by Milliner Philip Somerville

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visit to France – 1992

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Queen In Croydon, Surrey

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The Queen arriving at Radio Television Brunei

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The Queen in London to open the Millennium Bridge Walkway across the Thames which links St. Paul’s Cathedral with The Tate Modern Gallery And Shakespeare’s Globe

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Queen Elizabeth II smiling as she arrives at The Palace Of Westminster for The State Opening Of Parliament wearing a diamond crown known as the State Diadem Made For The Coronation Of George Lv.

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Queen Elizabeth II at The Macmillan Cancer Care and Treatment Centre at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

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Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Youth Event at The National Sports Centre At Bisham Abbey

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Queen Elizabeth II visiting the Emergency Call Centre at The Hendon Police Centre in North London

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Queen Elizabeth II & The Duke Of Edinburgh visit the Malta for a state dinner with President Edward Fenech Adami at The Palace in Valletta

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Visit to The Eden Foundation on Zetjun by Queen Elizabeth II & The Duke Of Edinburgh

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Queen Elizabeth II visits BBC Broadcasting House to mark the 80th anniversary of the granting of the Corporation’s Royal Charter on April 20, 2006 in London, England

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Queen Elizabeth ll smiles as she arrives at the University of East London on February 16, 2007 in London, England

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Queen Elizabeth ll arrives in an open carriage during day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot race course on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England

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Queen Elizabeth II on a state visit to Perth, Australia – 28 Oct 2011

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Queen Elizabeth II visits Cowes Lifeboat Station during her Diamond Jubilee visit to the Isle of Wight on July 25, 2012 in Cowes, England

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Queen Elizabeth II leaves St Mary Magdalene Church after attending the traditional Christmas Day church service on December 25, 2012 in Sandringham, near King’s Lynn, England

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The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee UK Tour, Sunderland, Britain – 18 Jul 2012

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Queen Elizabeth II leaves a National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral London, Britain- 05 June 2012

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Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Ascot race meeting, Berkshire, Britain – 21 Jun 2013

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Queen Elizabeth ll attends a Welcoming Ceremony at The Arc de Triomphe on the first day of her State Visit to France on June 5, 2014 in Paris, France.

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Queen Elizabeth II visits the Broadway Theatre during a day of engagements in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham on July 16, 2 015 in Barking, England

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Queen Elizabeth II leaves St Paul’s Cathedral after aService of Commemoration for troops who were stationed in Afghanistan on March 13, 2015 in London, England

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Queen Elizabeth II attends the State Banquet at the Bellevue Palace in Berlin-24 Jun 2015

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Queen Elizabeth II visits Canada House to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation on July 19, 2017 in London, England

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Queen Elizabeth II during the state banquet in Buckingham palace on October 23, 2018 in London, United Kingdom

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Queen Elizabeth II attends the Anglo-Norse Society centenary reception at The Naval & Military Club on November 15, 2018 in London, England

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Queen Elizabeth II visits the Science Museum to announce its summer exhibition, Top Secret, and unveil a new space for supporters, to be known as the Smith Centre on March 7, 2019 in London, England


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