01 August 2014

This Week in Royal Jewels: July 25-31

July 25-31, 2014

As we begin the month of August, the royals have slowed down and started their summer holidays. This month, we'll be looking at the top five jewel stories of the week -- but we've still got some sparkle close at hand!

5. With most of the Windsors gathered in Glasgow, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have been heading out to other parts of the UK. On Wednesday, they visited the Sandringham Flower Show, and Camilla added a bit of glitter to her outfit courtesy her sparkling butterfly brooch. She's been wearing the brooch since at least 2006; it appears to be made of diamonds and sapphires.

31 July 2014

The Norwegian Diamond Pendant Earrings

To cap off our month-long foray into the jewelry collection of Queen Sonja of Norway, let's have a look at one of the sparkliest items in the royal vaults: the diamond earrings that Sonja often pairs with Queen Josefina's elaborate diamond tiara.

Like most of the heirloom pieces in the Norwegian royal collection, the earrings can be traced back to the United Kingdom, birthplace of Queen Maud. Norwegian royal historian Trond Noren Isaksen notes that the earrings "were originally pendants on a necklace worn by Queen Alexandra of Britain."

30 July 2014

Jewel History: The Royal Wedding (1889)

The Earl of Fife and Princess Louise of Wales on their wedding day (source)

"The Royal Wedding"
(originally appeared in the New York Times on 28 Jul 1889)

LONDON, July 27 -- Her Royal Highness the Princess Louise Victoria Alexandra Dagmar, eldest daughter of the Prince of Wales, was married at noon today to Alexander William George, Earl of Fife, Knight of the Thistle [1]. The weather was unpropitious, as rain was falling. The ceremony took place in the private chapel of Buckingham Palace. This was the first marriage that ever took place in the chapel, which is small, and the number of guests was therefore limited.

The bride and groom arrived privately. The Princess of Wales [2], the Crown Prince of Denmark [3], the King of Greece [4], Prince Albert Victor [5], and Prince George of Wales [6] assembled in the Bow Library of Buckingham Palace at 11:45 o'clock, and there awaited the arrival of the Queen [7] from her private apartments.

The Prince of Wales and Princess Louise on her wedding day (source)

The bridal party, consisting of the Prince of Wales, Princess Louise, and Princesses Victoria and Maud of Wales [8], left Marlborough House, the residence of the Prince of Wales, at 11:40 o'clock for Buckingham palace. Notwithstanding the rain, the route to the palace was crowded with spectators. There was a vast concourse of people opposite the palace. The Prince of Wales was enthusiastically cheered.