Duchess of Kent’s Diamond Flower Suite

Happy Birthday to the Duchess of Kent, who turns 88 today! One of the longest-working members of the Royal Family, who has been largely retired for the past two decades, the Duchess once had access to an illustrious jewellery collection, which we have featured previously, and much of which has been modified or sold. To mark the day, we are taking a look at one of the few jewels still worn by the Duchess, her Diamond Flower Suite!

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Since the time of her Wedding in 1961, the Duchess of Kent was been wearing this modern diamond flower brooch with a central pearl. The provenance of the piece is unknown but it was likely a wedding present from a member of her own family or the Royal Family, and it may possibly originate from Queen Mary.

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In the 1970s, the Duchess began to wear the Diamond Flower Brooch as the clasp of a choker and she also wore a pair of coordinating pearl and diamond earrings, with a pearl pendant. Worn for a variety of formal and formal events, the Diamond and Pearl Flower Suite was often worn with the Kent Pearl and Diamond Fringe Tiara in the 1980s and 1990s.

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The Diamond and Pearl Flower Suite is one of few jewels still worn by the Duchess of Kent since her retirement from royal duties in 2002. Notable appearences include Prince William’s Pre-Wedding Dinner in 2011 and a young musicians reception hosted by the Duchess at Buckingham Palace in 2016. There is no doubt the Duchess will continue to wear these jewels for years to come!

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