The Diamonds That Have Seen Queen Elizabeth Through The Longest Reign
Duchess Kate, William’s beautiful wife and mother to the young Prince George, has always mesmerized the public with her effortless style and grace, and seems to be shining brighter as time goes on. Her choice of jewellery is as classic and timeless as a queen’s (as she showed us at her first official engagement of 2014 earlier this year).
Duchess Kate arrived at the National Portrait Gallery in London on 12 Feb 2014 wearing the Nizam of Hyderbad – a beautiful necklace owned by the British Royal Family.
The necklace is made of 38 diamonds, with a diamond-encrusted snap. It has a detachable double-drop pendant made of 13 emerald-cut diamonds and a pear-shaped drop which forms the pave-set centre of the necklace (the design was based on English roses). The necklace was originally crafted in 1930s and given as a wedding gift to Queen Elizabeth II, who was still a princess, on her wedding to Prince Philip from the Last Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan in 1947.
Last December, Duchess Kate also made headlines for wearing Queen Elizabeth’s diamond tiara for the first time since her wedding, showing us that diamonds truly are forever.