August 31st will mark the 20th Anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, one of the most iconic women of the last century. In honour of her death anniversary, we are featuring 20 of her most iconic jewels. Today’s feature is her Heart-Shaped Diamond Necklace, which was a gift from the Prince of Wales to mark the birth of Prince William in 1982-
The first appearance of the Heart-Shaped Diamond Necklace was, appropriately, for the first official photographs and the christening of Prince William in the White Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace.
The next appearance was at one of necklace was at one of her first, and most tragic, foreign royal events, the funeral of Princess Grace of Monaco inSeptember 1982.
The Heart-Shaped Diamond Necklace was worn the next month for a charity concert at St David’s Hall in Cardiff…
…and just weeks later, when the Princess arrived late to the annual festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
The Princess also wore the necklace frequently on her first royal tours, including Australia above…
…a State Dinner in St. John’s during a tour of Canada, with Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara, months later…
…and ceremonies in Ottawa during the same tour.
In December 1983, the necklace was worn for a concert with the English Chamber Orchestra and exiled Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovitch in the state apartments of Kensington Palace.
The last appearance of the Heart-Shaped Diamond Necklace was on a one-hour visit to Fiji between official visits to Australia and the United States. As her marriage disintegrated, the Princess stopped wearing gifts from her husband. This necklace hasn’t been seen since, though I hope we see it again soon.