The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are embarking on their visit to Pakistan today, and thus, we are taking a look at a gift to the Queen during the last Pakistani Official Visit to Britain, which is now worn by the Princess Royal-
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In 1966, the Queen received a two-row turquoise, seed pearl, and gold necklace, a traditional South Asian ‘dolada Haar’, from Pakistani President Ayub Khan, during his Official Visit to Britain, which is, to-date, is the only Pakistani Visit to Britain since Independence in 1947. The Queen notably wore her necklace, with Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara, at a Gala Performance during the President’s visit.
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In 1966 during a State Visit to the UK, the President of Pakistan presented The Queen with a two row seed pearl necklace with turquoise pendants. According to Leslie Fields the necklace was later shortened by removing the longer row and adding it’s pendants to the shorter row so they completely circle the necklace. A pair of earrings was made out of the extra pendant. The necklace and earrings have been given to Princess Anne.
A few years later, the Queen shortened the necklace to a single row, reconfiguring the pendants and making a pair of earrings with an extra pendant. The necklace and earrings were given to Princess Anne in the early 1970s, and were quite frequently worn by her during that decade, mostly for Gala events.
However, in recent years, the Pakistani Turquoise Necklace has been rarely seen, with a last notable appearance at Royal Ascot in 2007. Lets hope the Princess Royal loans the piece to her niece-in-law for the visit, or wears it for an upcoming visit from Pakistan (as is expected after this visit).