Queen Sofia’s Emerald Parure

Queen Sofia of Spain is celebrating her 80th Birthday this week, and to mark her milestone birthday, we are taking a look at 8 pieces from the jewellery collection of the Greek Princess who became the first consort of the restored monarchy of modern Spain, featuring her Emerald Parure.

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A gift from King Juan Carlos to Queen Sofia soon after his accession in 1975, the Emerald and Diamond Parure, consisting of a Necklace and Earrings, has been worn by Queen Sofia at a plethora of events, including the 1979 Spanish State Visit to Sweden and the Wedding of Crown Prince (now King) Felipe in 2004.

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While she has continued to wear pieces of the Parure, Queen Sofia has also frequently loaned the Emerald and Diamond Parure to her daughter-in-law, Queen Letizia, who usually prefers to wear just the earrings in recent years. There is no doubt it will continue to be worn for years to come.


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