THE QUEEN’S 90TH BIRTHDAY AND HER FAVOURITE JEWELS, THE ROYAL ASCOT
Your Majesty, Happy 90th Birthday!
Living in the UK, the Queen is always in my heart and I am very lucky to set my eyes on this lady, who embodies the very essence of British elegance, at least once every year…
From the bottom of my heart I wish the Queen all the health and happiness in the world on her 90th Birthday, and to see her grandchildren Prince George George Alexander Louis of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge grow into beautiful and kind people. Their names are a real mouthful and I am sure that remembering their names is keeping the Queen as sharp as a needle!
The Queen is ardent pearl lover, often accessorising her official outfits with strands of impeccable pearls ( as i mentioned in the Unconventional Pearl Jewellery article). She is also a big fan of arresting bejeweled brooches.
I visit the Royal Ascot every year and to my delight see the Queen in one of her elegant outfits wearing her beloved jewels. Last time she wore my favourite colour blue and complemented the look with the striking Prince Albert Brooch.
The magnificent brooch of a large oval sapphire was given to Queen Victoria by Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha on Sunday 9th February, 1840 at Buckingham Palace. It was the day before their wedding. Their union produced nine children before coming to a sudden end with prince’s death in 1861. Her reign coincided with a period of unprecendented prosperity, at a time when the British Emprie was more powerful than ever before. This was fully reflected in the world of jewellery. There was even a real coronation, when Victoria was proclaimed Empress of India in 1876.
This large sapphire surrounded by diamonds has been passed down from queen to queen ever since. Now in Queen Elizabeth’s possession, she wears it often. Memorable appearances for the brooch include dinner with President and Mrs. Kennedy at Buckingham Palace in 1961 and the christening of Prince William in 1982 and of course the Royal Ascot.
I didn’t share the Royal Ascot, one of my favourite summer events, with you last June but here it is. Check out beautiful hats and jewels worn last year to get ready for this year’s Ascot. The pictures are here to inspire your look for the next Ascot races.
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