Queen Mary’s 11-row Pearl Choker

Happy Birthday to the Duchess of Gloucester, who turns 74 today! The wife of the Queen’s cousin, the Duchess has been a hardworking member of the Royal Family for almost 50 years, and possesses an enormous collection of heirloom jewellery, bigger than many royal collections, which includes pieces like Queen Mary’s 11-row Pearl Choker.

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Queen’s Christmas Lunch at Buckingham Palace

The Queen hosted her annual Christmas Lunch for members of the extended British Royal Family at Buckingham Palace on December 18th. This lunch is held for those family members who aren’t invited to spend Christmas with the Queen at Sandringham in Norfolk, due to lack of space. Since this is a private event, we only get pictures of the royals arriving and departing. Continue reading

Gloucester Pearl and Emerald Suite

Today marks the 15th Anniversary of the Death of Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, the longest-lived member of the Royal Family, who died on this day in 2004 at the age of 102. A daughter of the fabulously wealthy Duke of Buccleuch and a daughter-in-law of King George V and Queen Mary, the Duchess possessed a fabulous collection of jewellery, most of which is now worn by her daughter-in-law, the current Duchess, including today’s piece. Continue reading