The Queen's Pearls

by Jess Ilse

Multi Strand Pearl Necklace

Multi Strand Pearl Necklace

In addition to the now-iconic double-and triple-strand pearl necklaces The Queen has frequently sported throughout her life as part of an unofficial uniform, she also has at her disposal many pearl pieces (necklaces, brooches, and earrings) that she wears with her outfits.

The Queen received a demi-parure of pearls and diamonds from the Emir of Qatar during her state visit to the country in 1979 and also included a pair of matching earrings.

The pearl and diamond necklace features six strands of pearls offset with smaller diamonds throughout that span two strands and features a large diamond plaque that spans all six strands.

The Queen Mother inherited this shell brooch — featuring rows of diamonds to create the shell effect, and a large pearl in the centre with more diamond rows underneath — in 1944 by Winifred Hope Thomson, the sister of its designer, Lord Courtauld Thomson, who’d created it in 1919.

The Queen Mother wore the brooch regularly, including at her centenary birthday celebrations in 2000, and left it to her daughter, Queen Elizabeth upon her death in 2002. The Queen wears it regularly, especially at events that centre around her parents.

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