Sorry for the delay in these posts guys! Today we will be taking a look over the last few engagements that the royal family have attended.
On Saturday evening (10th November), members of the royal family attended the annual Royal Festival of Remembrance. ——————————————————
The Duchess wore a Roland Mouret dress and Jimmy Choo pumps. More details in the next few posts.
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Last week when I posted the picture of Queen Alexandra's festoon necklace I mentioned that the original #Tiara that went with the set no longer existed. I answered some questions about it in the comments, but those are so easy to miss, so here's more in honor of #TiaraTuesday . This information comes from the "Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor" blog.
This tiara, created as a wedding gift to Alexandra in 1863, is known as the "Rundell Tiara". It was worn by Queen Alexandra on multiple occasions though her life. This tiara has detachable parts that turn into brooches and there are even photos of her wearing it with those interlocking scroll sections removed, so it looks quite different. Alexandra died in 1923 and the tiara was inherited by her daughter, Princess Victoria. The tiara was then "disposed of" which could mean it was sold or more likely was broken up and made into other pieces (this was common - try not to be shocked and appalled!). It's a shame it isn't around anymore - this is such an attractive and lovely tiara. Would you wear it?
It's Tuesday so that means it's time for another edition of #TiaraTuesday . Today's tiara isn't officially even a tiara at all. It's really more of a crown but is referred to as the George IV State Diadem. Of course you recognize it - the Queen wears it to every State Opening of Parliament and has since the start of her reign. She also wore it on the way to Westminster Abbey for her coronation. It's been on stamps, in portraits and has its own place on display in the Queen's Gallery at when she's not wearing it. *
Interestingly enough, even though every Queen and Queen Consort (side note - a Queen Consort is the wife of the King and while she holds the same social status and rank as the King, she does not rule. Those with the title of Queen or Queen Regent rule on their own right.) from Queen Adelaide, the wife of William IV, onwards, has worn the diadem, the piece was actually created for..... a man. King George IV to be exact. *
He had it made for his own coronation in 1821 at a cost of £8,216 (roughly £640,000 today) and RENTED the diamonds used in the diadem (for £800), something unheard of at the time, although there is no mention that the stones were ever returned to the jeweler, so it sounds like more of a "gift" to us. Queen Victoria had the stones replaced with stones from the royal collection during her reign (of course she did), making the crown what we know it to be today. *
The frame is both gold and silver and measures 3.0” tall and 7.5” in diameter. But let's talk about those diamonds! There are 1,333 diamonds weighing a total of 320 carats 😲, which includes a FOUR CARAT yellow diamond in the front cross. At the base there are two strings of pearls, which initially had 86 pearls in the upper string and 94 in the lower but it was reduced to 81 and 88 in 1902 (thanks, Vicky). The crown is made up of four bouquets of roses, thistles and shamrocks, the floral symbols of England, Scotland and Ireland respectively, alternating with four crosses around the top of its base.
While not truly a tiara, we couldn't just leave it out. Love it? Hate it? Would you wear it to Target on Saturdays while running errands? We know our answer. ;-)
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attended the Festival of Remembrance. Meghan wore @stellamccartney black tie coat, @stellamccartney black crossbody bag and @manoloblahnikhq black pumps. Photo by Chris Jackson | gettyimages.com