Happy Birthday to the Princess Royal, who turns 71 today! 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 and today, we are featuring her Diamond Star Brooch.
A large antique diamond star featuring six diamond prongs and six diamond collets, the star is of unknown provenance and may be a family heirloom of an acquisition by either the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, or the Queen Mother and given to Princess Anne in early 1971, making a notable early appearance in her iconic 21st Birthday Portraits. The style of the Brooch is very similar to the Jardine Star Brooch worn by the Queen and similar examples can be found in most royal collections.
In the early 1970s, Princess Anne wore her Diamond Star Brooch for a plethora of royal events, particularly gala occasions, when it was paired with Princess Andrew’s Meander Tiara and the Cartier Halo Tiara, notably for the Persepolis Celebrations in 1971 and the Luxembourg State Visit to Britain in 1972.
Unlike her other brooches that Princess Anne wears for daytime events, the large size of the star brooch means it is solely worn at evening events, so appearences of the brooch are increasingly rare in recent years. One annual appearance we can be sure of is at the Royal Festival of Remembrance every November, when the brooch is used to anchor Princess Anne’s poppies. There is no doubt we will continue to see this classic royal heirloom for years to come!