Foreign Royal Guests and Relatives and Heads of State and Representatives of 121 Countries joined the British Royal Family for the Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19th, followed by a Procession to Marble Arch and a Committal Service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. The late Queen, who passed away at Balmoral Castle earlier this month, had been Lying-in-State first at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh and then at Westminster Hall in London for the past week.
Today marks the 10th Anniversary of the Death of Elizabeth Percy, Duchess of Northumberland, who passed away at the age of 90 on this day in 2012! The daughter of the Duke of Buccleuch who was a WRNS Officer during WWII, she married the 10th Duke of Northumberland and remained a prominent society figure for decades, so we are featuring the spectacular Northumberland Foliate Tiara!
Today marks the 125th Anniversary of the Birth of Cynthia, Countess Spencer, who was born on this day in 1897! The daughter of the Duke of Abercorn who married the 7th Earl Spencer and was a Lady of the Bedchamber to the Queen Mother for 35 years, Lady Spencer is perhaps best known for being the grandmother of Diana, Princess of Wales and also possessed the spectacular Jewellery Collection of the Spencer Family, the highlight of which are the Honeysuckle Tiara and Spencer Tiara but today we are featuring an even more important family heirloom; the Spencer Diamond Rivière!
Later today, Princess Armand d’Arenbeg will be buried at the Parish Church near the Family Seat at the Château de Gerbéviller. The Princess, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 101, was the eldest of the three daughters of Charles de Lambertye-Gerbéviller, Marquis de Gerbéviller and Lorena Sancho-Mata y Contreras, and married Prince Armand-Louis Hélie d’Arenberg in 1941, having two children, with the Princess having a special friendship with Prince Paul of Yugoslavia. The couple inherited the Château from her father and it remains the Family Home, though these spectacular Diamond Earrings that we are featuring today are no longer in their possession!
Today marks the centenary of the death of Adele, Countess of Essex, who died on this day in 1922! The American Heiress who married the 7th Earl of Essex and was a vegetarian activist, the Countess owned an iconic Heirloom that was once loaned to Lady Churchill, the Romanian Crown Princess and Rihanna, which has now become an iconic part of the Cartier Collection: The Cartier Essex Tiara
Today marks the Anniversary of the Death of the infamous Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, who passed away on this day in 1993! The glamorous Heiress who married & divorced an American Golfer before becoming a Duchess and being the victim of a notorious divorce case, the Duchess had an amazing jewellery collection (which we will feature soon), and on this anniversary we are focusing on her Art Deco Diamond and Ruby Brooch!
Happy Birthday to the Duchess of Cornwall, who turns 75 today! While the future Queen can beautifully carry off some massive Tiaras and has a large collection of chokers and modern jewels among a series of royal heirlooms, she also wears some spectacular heirlooms from her own family, which include the Cubitt-Shand Tiara! Continue reading
Happy Birthday to Lady Glenconner, who celebrates her 90th Birthday today! The illustrious daughter of the 5th Earl of Leicester and Lady Elizabeth Yorke who grew up at the magnificent Holkham Hall, was a Maid-of-Honour at the Queen’s Coronation, married the eccentric Baron Glenconner who developed Mustique, later becoming Princess Margaret’s Lady-in-Waiting, and now a bestselling Author, Lady Glenconner has lived a varied life, often wearing spectacular jewels, which includes her versatile Tiara!