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Old 01-04-2019, 07:41 AM
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Indeed, a beautiful classic design. Interesting that the Danish model has been worn (and often) by 4 or 5 different wearers, whereas its British counterpart has only been worn by Queen Alexandra, Queen Elizabeth and now the Duchess of Cambridge.
That is right. The pearl and diamond necklace plays a much more substantial role in the jewel box of the Danish Queen than it does for the ladies of the BRF as they have a much larger collection of jewels to choose from.
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Old 01-04-2019, 07:56 AM
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Catherines pearl necklace dates from 1863 when Alexandra (nee princess of denmark) married the Prince of Wales. Queen Alexandra died in 1925 and Elizabeth Bowes Lyon married the future George VI in 1923. Which perhaps is why we haven't seen Queen Mary wear it.

Princess Louise of Sweden married the Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark in 1869. So far I haven't seen a photo of her wearing her wedding gift -- the pearl necklace so very much like Alexandra's. Her daughter in law Queen Alexandrine wore it then her daughter in law Queen lngrid wore it before passing it on to Queen Margrethe. The necklace appears to be a favourite of hers.

Both necklaces have quite a history and I am delighted to see Catherine wearing it now.
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Old 01-04-2019, 08:10 AM
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I think Catherine pairing Alexandra's pearl necklace with the pearl Lovers Knot is a good move. They go well together along with the Collingwood pearl drop earrings. All she needs now is for the Queen to loan her the Kensington bow brooch with the drop pearl.

Now I know you are all going to acuse me of being a glutton for bling! But Hey! We all have to have Some bad habits!
But yes I hear the groans and reluctantly agree it Might be a bit too much. Just might.
I mean I would hate to see these magnificent pieces go all mouldy and tarnished from lack of wear and tear.
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Old 01-04-2019, 08:20 AM
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I think Catherine pairing Alexandra's pearl necklace with the pearl Lovers Knot is a good move. They go well together along with the Collingwood pearl drop earrings. All she needs now is for the Queen to loan her the Kensington bow brooch with the drop pearl.

Now I know you are all going to acuse me of being a glutton for bling!
We are not far from where you would like to see CAtherine get to. Wait a few years, once she has a sash to wear, she will need a brooch to attach it to her dress, and then you just hope she uses a pearl and diamond brooch for the job.
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Old 01-04-2019, 08:33 AM
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Thank you Muriel. And I chose the Kensington bow brooch because it appears to be the one worn by the Queen the least.
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Old 01-04-2019, 10:06 AM
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Both necklaces have quite a history and I am delighted to see Catherine wearing it now.
I like the fact that Catherine seems open to delving into the vaults to give long-unseen jewels an airing!

Of course, she needs the Queen's permission to do this.
The Queen doesn't seem to grant permission very readily; Sophie is supposed to be a favorite, but other than the aquamarine tiara, I haven't seen her wearing anything.

Perhaps Catherine has access because she is the future Queen?
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Old 01-04-2019, 10:14 AM
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Yes indeed a Queens perogative.
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Old 01-04-2019, 10:16 AM
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I like the fact that Catherine seems open to delving into the vaults to give long-unseen jewels an airing!

Of course, she needs the Queen's permission to do this.
The Queen doesn't seem to grant permission very readily; Sophie is supposed to be a favorite, but other than the aquamarine tiara, I haven't seen her wearing anything.

Perhaps Catherine has access because she is the future Queen?
My view is that this is not about Catherine delving into the vaults, it is HM delving in and suggesting to Catherine what she should possibly wear.

The reason, IMO, these jewels are being provided to Catherine and not Sophie, Meghan or Eugenie (one-off loans of tiaras for weddings excepted) is because she is a future Queen, and eventually all that jewellery will be Catherine's to use as she pleases.
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Old 01-04-2019, 10:29 AM
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I really believe Her Majesty gets a real kick from seeing Catherine wear so many different pieces she has suggested for her to wear.

You are so right Muriel.

Only 3 people are allowed in the vault. The Queens dresser Angela Kelly, HM, and the chap from Garrards who cleans and maintains the many delicate pieces. Only I don't think Garrards do it any more, might be Collins jewellers.
I am pretty sure Geoffrey Munn was the one who mentioned this one time.
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Old 01-04-2019, 04:52 PM
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The Queen doesn't seem to grant permission very readily; Sophie is supposed to be a favorite, but other than the aquamarine tiara, I haven't seen her wearing anything.
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Sophie has been wearing one of the Queen's saudiarabian diamond necklaces a few times. Once for the Wedding of Victoria and Daniel in 2010.
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Old 01-04-2019, 07:26 PM
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I think we will continue to see Catherine wearing "significant" pieces from HM's famous "Vault". Camilla has some amazing pieces and, should she need more, I am sure she could have them, but I believe there is something more behind the loans than the jewellery itself.

Firstly, I think the Queen gets a kick out of seeing Catherine wearing the same sort of great jewellery that she herself wore when she was young. If you track Catherine's jewellery something else pops up immediately and that is that as she has grown more self-assured and confident we have seen the type of jewels she wears in the evening change.

The first pieces HM lent her she wore with her hair down and all we could see was hair tangled in chandelier earrings and tangled and almost obscured the necklace. Her evening dresses were not "gown" and didn't lend themselves to being accessorised by historic jewels, however, over time we ended up with Catherine's last State Banquet and her gown was quite dramatic, almost theatrically so, and she looked totally at ease with a kings ransom on her head and around her neck and wrist.

When you look back at Catherine's evening gowns you can see the evolution of a future Princess of Wales. Her dresses turned to gowns and if we know that if she should choose to wear her hair down, it would not be tangled in nor obscured by her hair. She holds her head a little higher and stands a little straighter these days and the Queen is loving it.
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I might like it if it was symmetrical. The asymmetry of that additional pearl throws me off.
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I might like it if it was symmetrical. The asymmetry of that additional pearl throws me off.
There is another pearl there. Could it be twisted up out of the way instead of dangling?
I see that it is in the normal hanging down position in previous photos of the Queen Mother wearing it.
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Old 01-04-2019, 08:47 PM
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Yes the side pearl is twisted up under the diamond swag. Someone should have noticed and adjusted it for her.
I also think the necklace would look better shortened just a little.
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Queen Alexandra's Wedding Gift Parure | The Court Jeweller

Hope to see her wear it more often.
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A question in another thread wondered about a set of Cartier jewels given to Kate for her wedding:

https://www.popsugar.com/fashion/pho...iamond-Jewelry
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