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Kate Middleton: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue

Prince William & Kate Middleton Wed at London’s Westminster Abbey

Kate Middleton Radiates

As of Friday, April 29th, the long-term romance between Will and Kate becomes official Monarch History. The couple was officially titled by Queen Elizabeth the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. A graceful and glamorous Kate Middleton and handsomely proud Prince William remained impressively composed, appearing to be in complete adoration of one another as millions of onlookers crowded the streets of London, and tuned in from across the pond to catch a glimpse of the Royal Wedding.


A million people roared their approval as the royal couple then paraded through London in an open carriage.

Queen Elizabeth in Canary Yellow Angela Kelly

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In a charming canary yellow ensemble, Queen Elizabeth exhibited her Royal Style on Friday. The Queen wore an Angela Kelly single crepe wool dress design with hand sewn beading. Pinned to her matching double crepe wool tailored primrose coat was Queen Mary’s True Lovers Knot diamond brooch. Her hat with silk roses — also designed by Angela Kelly — was a lovely addition to her outfit. Ladylike accessories like white gloves, pearl necklace and white handbag added a timeless elegance.

The wedding of the century is quickly coming upon us and speculation about every aspect of the wedding is ratcheting up. Gossip rags and major newspapers alike are desperately trying to dig up any information about Prince William’s and Kate Middleton‘s upcoming nuptials. With an expected one billion or more viewers, it is no wonder the media is desperate for the slightest bit of information on the wedding.

One question that everyone seems to be asking is wither or not the Queen will lend Kate a tiara from her royal collection. We all ready know that something new will be her wedding dress, something 0ld and blue will be Princess Diana‘s brilliant ring which features 18 ct. blue sapphire center stone surrounded by colorless  diamond accents in platinum. What we don’t know is what her something borrowed will be. It is widely thought that the Queen will lend Kate one of her tiara’s which would be fitting since Princess Diana wore a tiara to her own wedding as well.

Kate Middleton comes from a family of commoners, and like many of us does not have any royal jewels floating around in her family. If Queen Elizabeth II did lend her royal tiara to Kate it would signify that she approves of the marriage. This would make it an official proclamation that the Queen has no objections to their union and finally put to rest the many rumors that are swirling around the England Country-Side.

The Queen has an extensive collection of tiaras in her royal collection, eight in total. One of the most beautiful is the Vladimir Tiara, which was smuggled out of Russia by a British diplomat in the 1917 revolution. This tiara features fifteen Cambridge emeralds, teardrop pearls and a stunning array of diamonds. Another beautiful tiara is the King George IV State Tiara. This incredible piece has 1,333 diamonds weighing a total 325.75 carats, and has 169 pearls along its base.Queen Elizabeth received the tiara from her mother on her 18th birthday.

Middleton's diamond earrings designed by Robinson Pelham

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Her tiara, (Cartier), was made in 1936 and was purchased by The Duke of York (King George VI) for his Duchess (The Queen Mother) three weeks before he succeeded his brother as King. The significance of Kate Middleton wearing the Queen’s tiara on Friday is of great importance, symbolizing the emotional bond between the Queen and Princess Catherine.

The tiara sat upon Kate’s whimsically styled half-up, half-down brunette locks, holding a veil of ivory silk tulle and a trim of hand-embroidered flowers. The beautifully blushing Bride wore an Alexander McQueen wedding gown designed by the British brand’s creative director Sarah Burton.

One element of this historic wedding that the media outlets are buzzing over wildly is the jewelry worn by Kate Middleton on her and William’s Big Day. Rave reviews from fashion critics include the acknowledgement that the commoner exhibited stylish Royalty by blending together various time periods of jewelry in perfection.

The pave-set acorn diamond centered earrings worn by Kate Middleton were a Wedding Gift for the new Bride from parents Carole and Michael Middleton. The Robinson Pelham designed pear-shaped earrings were inspired by her family’s new coat of arms, and one of the pieces that are receiving press praises.

“Catherine’s jewelry epitomizes the modern yet timeless bride — she successfully blended elements from several eras together,” jewelry expert Michael O’Connor tells Us. “Her platinum and diamond pear-shaped drop earrings are very much in trend right now, and demonstrate a chic princess style. Catherine’s platinum and diamond tiara borrowed from the Queen is a nod to the past and shows the emotional bond between Catherine and her new family. And of course, the stunning blue sapphire engagement ring added just the right pop of color and was a nod to William’s mother.”



Royal Beauty

Best of Wishes to the Newlyweds! 

Sincerely,

Alexandra at Raymond Lee Jewelers.

Princess Diana’s Jewelry

I have written about Princess Diana‘s jewelry in the past, covering her amazing blue sapphire and diamond engagement ring. Princess Diana has always been known for her excellent taste in jewelry as well as her willingness to experiment with different elements or wear pieces in non-traditional ways. Her collection was one of the most extensive in the world and is believed to had been worth $28 million. Princess Diana favored sapphires and pearls, often incorporating these into chokers which she wore at many public events.  Today I wanted to go over her less famous but equally stunning pieces.

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One piece that gives you an idea of how unconventional Princess Dia was is her emerald and diamond choker. This choker was given to her by the Queen as part of her wedding dowry. The choker was originally Queen Mary’s and has a classic regal look. Princess Diana created  quite a stir when she wore the choker as a headband at a function during her 1985 Royal Australian tour. Many thought it was wrong for her to wear such an antique and valuable piece in such a careless fashion.

Princess Diana Remembered – Princess Diana tenth anniversary …

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By Annalene

Princess Diana tenth anniversary …

A decade after her death

Princess Diana’s memory is still very much alive in the hearts and minds of so many. Like the death of John F. Kennedy or Martin Luther King.

This is how I remember her.

This is the famous tiara worn by Queen Mary who was an Aunt to Queen Elizabeth the second. It was designed by Queen Mary in 1914 and was known as the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara. It was loaned to Diana by the Queen and Diana wore it to various state occasions with matching pearl drop earrings. Queen Mary had the tiara altered in around 1935 when the top row of pearl spikes were removed.

These are the diamond earrings that Diana wore on her wedding day on July 29th 1981 for her marriage to Prince Charles.

They were her mother Frances earrings and she lent them to Diana so she could wear them on her wedding day so they became something borrowed.

This is the Spencer family tiara which legend has it traces back to Marie Antoinette.

It is thought that it was made in 1767 but the style would suggest a time around the 1830’s.

It is decorated with tulip and star shaped flowers and mounted in gold with silver settings.

In historic tradition a family heirloom like this was held within the family and passed on to the next generation via the wife of the eldest son.

Diana often wore the tiara for meetings with heads of state.

This is the emerald and diamond choker from part of Queen Mary’s jewellery collection.

The Queen chose it to give to Diana as Prince Charles’ bride as part of her wedding dowery.

Diana famously wore the tiara as a headband during the Royal tour of Australia in 1985.

Prince Charles later bought Diana an Art Deco emerald and diamond bracelet to match.

One of Diana’s more royal jewelry pieces is the Spencer Family Tiara, given to Diana’s grandmother in 1919 as a wedding gift. This elegant piece is made from gold which is formed into tulips and star-shaped flowers and has diamonds in silver settings. Diana famously wore this tiara during her wedding to Prince Charles.
Princess Diana also was keen on wearing pearl chokers with varying strands of pearls or twisted with the clasp at the front or back. Often she would match these pearl chokers with broaches or large sapphires.
-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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