Queen Alexandra’s Natural Pearl Wedding Necklace

Queen Alexandra’s Natural Pearl Wedding Necklace

Queen Alexandra’s Natural Pearl Wedding Necklace

Sparkling with diamonds and studded with creamy pearls, it is a perfect fit for bridal white so it’s no surprise that a rather impressive royal necklace was created for a marriage.

Queen Alexandra’s Wedding Necklace is a rarely seen royal gem but it has a romantic as well as regal history.

You get no prizes for guessing the provenance of this particular royal jewel. As it name states quite clearly, this necklace was the property of Alexandra, consort to Edward VII, and she received it as a gift when they got married in March 1863. It was one of her most important marital presents, coming from her groom himself, and she wore it on their wedding day at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor.

She wore the gems with a lace trimmed dress that would set the standard for royal bridal gowns for decades to come. Alexandra was always a fashion icon and her wedding outfit was at the forefront of setting her style image. It was made of white silk, from Spitalfields, with an off the shoulder bodice, puffed sleeves and a huge skirt. It was decked with orange blossom and myrtle as well as lace. And her only gems was the pearl and diamond jewellery given to her by her groom for their marriage.

The necklace itself features eight large pearls surrounded by small diamonds and joined by garlands of diamonds. There are also drop pearls on the three central pearl and diamond clusters. It passed through generations of royal women to the Queen Mother who, on her death in 2002, left it to the Queen.

It was worn, in 2018, by the Princess of Wales when she attended the State Banquet given in honour of the King and Queen of the Netherlands. It was a rare outing for this necklace which has as much family significance as royal symbolism.

SOURCE: https://royalcentral.co.uk/features/queen-alexandras-wedding-necklace-192086/

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