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Old 09-24-2012, 07:22 PM
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When Diana was POW, it seemed that she wore tiaras alot and some pretty hefty jewels. Is that because she was the POW and, thus, attended alot of State Dinners? Or, are the British Royals wearing less tiaras/jewels today? I have seen pictures of several occasions where Camilla has worn tiaras, but she is not covered nearly as much in the press as Diana was. I can understand why the DOC is not wearing tiaras/jewels now because she and William are not full time working royals and are not the P&POW. However, it will be such a disappointment the DOC does not wear tiaras and nice jewels when she becomes the POW.
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:55 PM
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When Diana was POW, it seemed that she wore tiaras alot and some pretty hefty jewels. Is that because she was the POW and, thus, attended alot of State Dinners? Or, are the British Royals wearing less tiaras/jewels today?
I think it's a little of both. In addition to attending State Dinners, Diana use to wear tiaras to the State Opening of Parliament. Today, the only members of the RF who attend are HM and the DoE.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:09 PM
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I think it's a little of both. In addition to attending State Dinners, Diana use to wear tiaras to the State Opening of Parliament. Today, the only members of the RF who attend are HM and the DoE.
I agree. Till William becomes a full time royal, there will by nature be fewer opportunities to tiara, as well.
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:08 AM
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I think that Catherine would look great (and appropriate) in the Cambridge Emeralds, and particularly in the emerald-and-diamond choker. She has a neck that's made beautifully for chokers.
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:12 AM
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In addition to attending State Dinners, Diana use to wear tiaras to the State Opening of Parliament. Today, the only members of the RF who attend are HM and the DoE.
Yes, I remember pics of the QUeen, Diana, Princess Anne, The duchesses of Gloucester and Kent, Princess Alex etc all in diamonds and tiara for the Opening of Parliament. Those days appear to be gone... sigh...
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Old 09-25-2012, 02:46 AM
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I think it's a little of both. In addition to attending State Dinners, Diana use to wear tiaras to the State Opening of Parliament. Today, the only members of the RF who attend are HM and the DoE.
I would imagine we'd see William and Catherine at the state opening when Charles is King. Like his father did.
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Times have changed and even The Queen wears her jewels less than she did a generation ago. In a more modern society, it would be bad form for Catherine to be dripping in major jewels or a tiara at every opportunity.

There will be plenty of opportunities in the future for her to wear the more grand jewels when the occasion arises.
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:54 AM
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I understand the whole "less is more" in these difficult times. Still, it is boring. Why is it that the royals feel it's necessary to look like everyone else? Inserting a touch of magic and sparkles tends to lift everyone's spirits.
Just my thoughts.
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:14 PM
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I agree. The people of the Scandinavian countries don't seem to mind their royals wearing tiaras and jewels but in Britain, where the 'politics of envy' is alive and well, coupled with the socialists whose motto is "If I can't wear a tiara then the royals can't wear one either" lol appears to have forced the BRF to confine tiaras and jewels to State dinners and coronations.
I'm guessing the Duchess of Cambridge will wear her regalia when she attends an official State Banquet, a regal royal wedding or a Coronation. I think when she attend an State Banquet, it will give us a chance to see if the Queen has awarded her with The Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II.

As for attending the State Opening of Parliament. It used to be a big royal turn out and now the attendence is just down to The Queen & Duke of Edinburgh. The Prince & Princess of Wales used to attend but I think that was when Prince Philip wasn't in attendence. So I think in the case of Prince Philip's absents, we will see Charles & Camilla attend the Opening. Although it would be nice for the senior royals to start back attending again. If you look back at the picture and some videos on the British Pathe site or ITN Source, you will see how beautiful it was when Charles, Anne, the Queen Mother, Kents and Gloucesters used to attend. I'm guessing that the Cambridges will attend during Charles's reign.

I actually think the British royals may have limited their regalia events durning the major change the royal family decided to do many years ago. I think the plan came up during the early 90's.

I think the Cambridges will surprise us at an official event at some point. Probably this year or next year. It has to happen and it will.
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:25 PM
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I can only assume that not wearing big jewellery anymore is the preference of the British royals. I mean, Charles and Camilla were in Denmark, for example, earlier in the year and we all know that the Danish royals never miss an opportunity to overload on the jewels and orders (same with the Swedes, and to a lesser extent the Norwegians). The fact that they all chose not to wear tiaras and orders can, from where I'm sitting, only be as a result of the British guests preferring the dress code to be less formal.

I think William and Kate share that preference which Charles and Camilla have made clear. Even the Queen only really goes all out at state dinners and the State Opening.

Sometimes I wish they'd be more willing to bust out the big guns, but then I think about the other RFs who do wear their big jewellery much more often and I feel it almost loses its impact when worn too often. We see the same jewels on the same princesses over and over again. The anticipation is gone when you know Princess Mary will be wearing the wrinkled tinfoil ruby tiara, Mette-Marit the Cate Blanchett tiara etc. etc.
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:37 PM
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As for attending the State Opening of Parliament. It used to be a big royal turn out and now the attendence is just down to The Queen & Duke of Edinburgh..
I think it also has to do with the pressure Parliament put on the royal household to contain costs. Why get out all the party pieces if a lot of the people at the party will just snub the effort?
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:09 PM
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I actually think the royals that's not willing to bust out the big guns everynow and then loses its impact a bit. I think the foreign royals are making it known that they still remain effective even with their jewels on.

I think (with The Queen's permission) The Duchess of Cambridge can search through the royal vaults, find some pieces that interest her and make some of them fit her unique taste and style. It wouldn't hurt to see her wear some brooches, parures or diamond hair pins.

I'm thinking Catherine may be going through what Crown Princess Mary went through when she first entered the royal family. Catherine may feel a bit overhwhelmed a bit with the new lifestyle and jewels she now have. It may take her a little time and courage to apply the jewels into her wardrobe. I actually like she is taking her late mother-in-law's jewels and making them her own.

I'm just hoping she will explore the vaults more.
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:15 PM
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I think it also has to do with the pressure Parliament put on the royal household to contain costs. Why get out all the party pieces if a lot of the people at the party will just snub the effort?
I think that's one of the main problems the British royals now face. They get bullied a lot and I don't think they deserve it.

I think with the sliming down of the royal family to just the Queen & Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales & Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Henry. I think the Parliament and people would give the royals some breathing room and allow them to bring some of that gilttering magic back.
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I'm thinking Catherine may be going through what Crown Princess Mary went through when she first entered the royal family.
IMO, Mary couldn't wait to get her hands on the jewels haha. (Aren't there photos of Mary in a tiara before she was even married?) Although I would like to see Catherine wear some jewellery, the Duchess sees no need to show lots of bling in order to impress. The BRF is 'the big league' and Catherine is known worldwide, so I suppose HRH doesn't need to constantly prove she is a princess. My opinion of course.
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In fact Mary was given the ruby parure on the pre-evening events of her marriage by HM Queen Margrethe so it was not her decision to wear it. But apparently you really can't stand her can you ?!
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In fact Mary was given the ruby parure on the pre-evening events of her marriage by HM Queen Margrethe so it was not her decision to wear it. But apparently you really can't stand her can you ?!
I have no ides what you're going on about. My comment was on the Duchess of Cambridge's jewellery.
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IMO, Mary couldn't wait to get her hands on the jewels haha. (Aren't there photos of Mary in a tiara before she was even married.
Maybe this helps.
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It's true Mary wore the ruby parure before her marriage. I think she wore it to the pre-wedding dinner. What I was getting at is that Mary took the tiara and jewels and changed it a bit to fir her particular style and taste.

I don't think Catherine need to prove anything but as she is HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, married to the second in-line to the throne and is a senior member of the royal family, it would be nice to see her in the jewels that goes along with her status. That's all I'm saying. I'm sure when Catherine attends a State Dinner or Banquet, we will find out if the Queen have given her The Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II, which is an honour that has been given out to Anne, Camilla, Sophie, Duchess of Gloucester, Kent and Princess Alexandra. It's a pretty nice badge with diamonds.

It'll be nice to see Catherine wear the jewels that help represent her status.
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I Like when HRH wears a simple necklace. I'd like to see her wear the one with the cross again. It is 'plain' but beautiful.
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Old 09-27-2012, 02:22 PM
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I think the Cambridge Emeralds are nice, also some of the jewels that belonged to the late Queen Mother, Queen Mary, etc. You know something that stands out and have some interesting history behind it.
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