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Old 11-15-2010, 01:03 PM
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They can also be interchanged with emeralds. http://oi55.tinypic.com/b6qxxd.jpg And yes, the earrings belonged to Marina.
OMG, thanks Dierna23, I didn't know she also had emeralds. I so love these earrings. thanks for the pic and info!!!
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Old 11-15-2010, 11:27 PM
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You're most welcome, rubies! Strangely the emeralds are rarely seen. Maybe somewhere there are some rubies, too?
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Old 11-16-2010, 05:29 PM
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Very glamorous photos! I loved the earrings with the emeralds!! Dierna23, keep us posted, in case you discover them with rubies as well. Ok?
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Old 12-03-2010, 01:30 AM
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They can also be interchanged with emeralds. http://oi55.tinypic.com/b6qxxd.jpg And yes, the earrings belonged to Marina.
Thanks.. I thought I was seeing things.. but apparently you can change them. That is so neat.. I wish there were more jewels like that.
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The Duchess of Kent had a diamond bandeau for her wedding, to secure her long veil. I think her daughter, Lady Helen Windsor, had a different one for when she got married 31 years later.
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Old 02-11-2011, 10:09 AM
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Lady Helen Windsor, now Lady Helen Taylor, wore the Kent Fringe Tiara on her wedding day. I'm not exactly sure what tiara the Duchess of Kent, nee Katherine Worsley, wore. Here's a picture of it.
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Old 02-11-2011, 11:11 AM
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Lady Helen Windsor, now Lady Helen Taylor, wore the Kent Fringe Tiara on her wedding day. I'm not exactly sure what tiara the Duchess of Kent, nee Katherine Worsley, wore. Here's a picture of it.
I cannot remember which book stated that it was diamonds of unknown provenance. It is a cute little thing, though. Wonder if she still has it.
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I cannot remember which book stated that it was diamonds of unknown provenance. It is a cute little thing, though. Wonder if she still has it.
I, believe, I read that her parents bought it for her. I could be wrong.
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I am a fairly new member and have not previously seen this thread, but have now had an opportunity to read through it.

If I can help with a little background, I would reiterate the point made by others that no 'Royal' jewels are ever in danger of being sold; the pieces being disposed of are pieces that belonged to members of the Royal Family.

In my humble opinion, the real problem nowadays for members of the Royal Family is a combination of inheritance tax, lack of money [this is relative of course!!! - and also related to inheritance tax, come to that] coupled with the fact that there are relatively few occasions to wear grand jewellery nowadays, which means that you are in effect keeping something that you only get to wear (say) once a year if that, and so also have the bother of having to keep it stored somewhere safely.

Don't forget that in the days when there was a more formal structure to the Royal Family, Regular Courts were held several times each Season [full jewels required, and an opportunity to 'vary the tiara' by wearing a differnent one each time], and then there were frequent 'white tie' balls given by the Aristocracy in the ballrooms in their grand houses and finally the Debutante Balls at which fond parents would attend with their offspring.

With hindsight, Princess Marina, Queen Mary and the like could have saved their heirs a lot of trouble by seeking out the monarch and 'using him or her' to in effect hold their grand jewels in trust. No inheritance tax would be paid in this way - the tiara or necklace etc that passed to the monarch would be treated as inheritance tax free, and the King / Queen could then 'lend out' the particular piece to its 'intended inheritor' if you see what I mean. The problem is that nobody could have forseen the rise of the rates of inheritance tax coupled with the relative 'lack of money' that would affect subsequent members of the Royal Family.

With regard to Princess Michael, the rumours have persisted for years that she has had the many of the pieces inherited re-set with paste, not even CZ. I don't know - and have no way of knowing whether these rumours are true. What is true is that at one stage Prince and Prince Michael's lifestyle [athough relatively modest for 'Royals' was nevertheless quite expensive to finance]. Although Prince Michael was not 'poor' by many of our own standards, as a younger son of a younger son, his own inheritance was modest by royal standards. The PMKs had a country house to run, they had a racehorse or two, they had a lifestyle that although quite modest by other Royal standards nevertheless was quite costly. Princess Michaell herself had no money of her own and it must be expensive dressing to the level that she does with no real financial 'help' to pay for her dressmaker's bills - the couple have no Civil list [or equivalent, since the Queen mostly refunds Civil list payments] and so when they turn out at engagements, they have nothing to finance their appearances with other than their own money....

The rumour that they had had various jewels re-set with paste can be traced back to remarks by their former private secretary, the 'talkative' John Barratt, who used to recount a story about one of the 'diamonds' falling out of PMK's tiara just as she was about to leave for a function, with someone then treading on it in the confusion, only for it to fracture like the glass it really was. John Barratt also recalled how he was forced to take suitcases full of silver cutlery to sell secretly in Switzerland, and how some of the furniture the Kents sold was actually the property of the Queen, as she had let the Kents furnish their London home with furniture from the royal stores.

How can we know whether this is all true or not? The answer is that we cannot. However, it is true that the Kents had to sell their beloved Gloucestershire home a few years ago, because they apparently needed the money to meet the new rent [stated to be 120,000 a year] on their Kensington Palace home- previously the rent was much more modest, and indeed it was paid for by the Queen when it initially initially revalued, but this stopped when Prince Michael was 65 [he does not count as a 'working Royal']. In my own view, the PMks would have every justification for replacing at least the occasional diamond with paste!

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Old 05-04-2011, 02:32 PM
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loved princess alexandra of kents jewllery at the pre wedding dinner
have she used them bedore?
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I never knew that Princess Alexandra wore the diamond and pearl tiara that Princess Michael of Kent now wears, I found a picture of her wearing it in Time magazine, when she represented the Queen at the Nigerien Independence ceremony. She was only 23 at the time, and what a beauty queen she was! Such a shame her mother didn't leave her much in the way of jewels, she sure did get a rinky dink share, it would have been nice if she had gotten this tiara and not Princess Pushy...
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:15 AM
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The concept of the jewels and who got what was based on this concept:

Princess Marina left few jewels for her daughter, Princess Alexandra because she believed it was the husbands duty ( in this case Angus Olgivy) to provide for his wife. Thus, she felt that Alexandra would in turn get her own jewels. In addition, as Eddie would be marrying the next Duchess of Kent it was only right that Eddie get some jewels and because Michael was the younger son, he should get some as well. She did leave some to Alexandra but the major items went to the sons.


I read it somewhere, and for the life of me, I can't remember if it was in a bio of Princess Marina, Princess Alexandra or here.

I do agree with Alex's thoughts about the jewels being left in trust, as well as the idea that as the family gets further removed from teh throne, the need for such jewels are no longer needed. Look at the Fife tiara.....that is the future for some of the Kent and Gloucester jewels as well.
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:35 AM
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I read the same thing here before too! Well she does have enough pieces that have suited her well. I guess it's better to be left a few pieces and not auction them, then be left a lot and auction off a lot like the Duke of Kent.
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Were those brooches which Princess Michael wore in her hair at the wedding gala in Monaco? I haven't seen this hair ornament before.
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Old 07-03-2011, 12:06 PM
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Yeap, it were the diamond daisies she inherited from Marina. Duchess of Kent | Diamond Daisies
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Old 07-03-2011, 12:26 PM
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Thanks Dierna! They are very nice, good to see Marie-Christine playing around with them. I looks like she combined the floral brooches with a diamond leaf brooch and some pearl hairpins. I hope that some close-ups will appear soon and show more detail.
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I know Princess Micheal has a tiara or two - this is just wrong!
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I know Princess Micheal has a tiara or two - this is just wrong!
She has two tiaras, a fringe tiara and a festoon tiara. Both are from her mother in law Princess Marina. I think she wanted to wear something different for a change. She's know for re-arranging her jewellery.
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She also worn beautiful necklace/choker at the wedding made from pearls some kind of blue stones.
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I agree - Princess Michael obviously loves to play around with her jewelry which is great - gives us enough to talk - but this arrangement somehow also does not work for me.
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