Happy Birthday to the Princess Royal, who turns 69 today! As the only daughter of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, and one of the most hardworking members of the family, the Princess Royal has amassed quite a large jewellery collection. In honour of her birthday, we are featuring her modern Diamond Necklace.
Featuring an unusual densely-packed modern design of ‘twenty-one triangular clusters of large collet drops are suspended between two looped motifs; at the back is a chain of diamond collets’, Princess Anne’s modern Diamond Necklace is reportedly a 21st Birthday Gift from the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh (h/t to Beth and Maridje). The necklace was first seen at the 1971 Persepolis Celebrations to mark the 2500th Anniversary of the Persian Empire, and later when Princess Anne accompanied her parents on a State Visit to Thailand in 1972.
Princess Anne has paired the modern Diamond Necklace with Princess Andrew’s Meander Tiara, and has usually worn the piece with a pair of modern diamond cluster earrings.
Unlike her Festoon Necklace, this is not one of her most worn pieces, though has continued to be sparely worn over the decades. Princess Anne remains an active royal, so there is now doubt we will continue to see the necklace for years to come.