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The mother of Princes William and Harry had an excellent taste in the choice of jewelry for her images. Each piece in Lady Dee's collection has a distinct history that has been passed down to the next generation.
The British learned of Diana Spencer's engagement to Prince Charles in February 1981. To impress the young bride who was visiting Windsor Castle, the son of Queen Elizabeth II invited the jewelers of the House of Garrard. Charles asked the craftsmen to bring the best samples of the rings. 19-year-old Diana started choosing jewelry.
The princess gave preference to her favorite stone - an oval-shaped Ceylon sapphire. "It was not the most expensive and not the biggest ring!" - admitted "the queen of human hearts." The 12-carat gem is framed by 14 diamonds. A similar decoration was presented to the mother of the princess by her father John Spencer. By the way, this is the first time that the engagement ring in the royal family is not unique. In 2010, Kate Middleton wore it. The wife of Prince William continues to wear the legendary ring.
Spencer family tiara
The wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles took place in July 1981. The blonde bride appeared in a luxurious ivory taffeta dress. The outfit was created by designers David and Elizabeth Emanuel. The image of Lady Dee was complemented by the family tiara of the Spencer family, which is more than 100 years old. Elizabeth II offered her daughter-in-law another tiara, but Diana politely refused.
Princess Diana and other stars known for their scandalous statements
In 1995, Princess Diana spoke with BBC journalist Martin Bashir, which provoked a huge scandal. She stated that there were originally three people in their marriage to Charles, hinting at his longtime lover Camilla Parker-Bowles. The Princess of Wales spoke openly about her depression, bulimia, anxiety and despair - topics that were taboo by default for members of the royal family.
Princess Diana wearing a family tiara at a wedding, Legion-Media
The decoration came from Lady Sarah Spencer. Her father acquired the center diamond in 1870. After 49 years, Sarah presented the tiara as a wedding gift to Lady Cynthia Hamilton. The girl married Albert Viscount Althorp, the grandfather of Princess Diana. In 1930, Garrard redesigned the piece to resemble a diamond flower tiara. Lady Diana tried it on after the wedding.
Now the rare headdress is owned by the princess's brother, Charles Spencer. He kindly provided the tiara to his sister's daughter, Sarah. In 2018, Celia McCorkodale got married with a family jewel.
Tiara Lover's Knot
The original tiara "Knots of Love" was created in 1818 for Princess Augusta of Hesse-Kassel. The decoration was a gift from her parents for the wedding with Prince Adolfo Frederick, Duke of Cambridge. When Augusta passed away, her tiara passed to her eldest daughter, the Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. She donned a tiara for Queen Victoria's coronation in 1838. 143 years later, "Knot of Love" was acquired by an unknown buyer at an auction.
Maria Tekskaya ordered a copy of the famous tiara from Garrard & Co. Princess Augusta's granddaughter wished that the 19 pearls that crowned the tiara were removed. After the death of the wife of King George V, her jewelry passed to her granddaughter, Elizabeth II. She also often wore Love Knot at important events. Her Majesty presented the tiara to Princess Diana. When the first wife of Prince Charles died in 1997, the jewelry returned to the queen, and now Kate Middleton is wearing a scattering of diamonds and pearls.
Princess Diana wearing the Love Knots Tiara, Legion-Media
Sapphire pearl choker
Queen Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon gave the princess a luxurious wedding present. Prince Charles's grandmother presented Diana with a diamond brooch with a Ceylon sapphire. The court jewelers, at the request of the daughter-in-law of Elizabeth II, converted the brooch into a choker with pearl threads.
Princess Diana in 1985, Legion-Media
It was this choker that the Princess of Wales wore to the gala evening, where she danced with John Travolta. On another occasion, Diana complemented the legendary black "revenge dress" from Christina Stambolian in 1994 with this adornment. Then the relationship between the princess and her husband finally deteriorated: Charles confessed to an affair with Camilla Parker Bowles. Diana's daring outfit, in which she appeared at a charity evening, impressed fashion critics and made it clear: her husband's betrayal did not break the people's favorite.
Maria Tekskaya earrings
Another piece of jewelry that goes to the descendants of Mary Tekskaya is her neat earrings with pearls and diamonds. In 1893, the ladies of Devonshire presented the grandmother of Elizabeth II with a small precious pair. The reason for this was the traditional - the upcoming wedding of the wife of King George V. After the death of Mary, the Tekskaya earrings went to Her Majesty. They quickly passed into the status of loved ones, the queen often appears with them today.
Princess Diana also wore a gift from the ladies of Devonshire. The love of the royal family for these accessories is understandable. The earrings are minimalistic, they suit almost any outfit and are not striking. The Duchess of Cambridge wears the jewelry at important events, paying tribute to the Queen. Jewelers believe that there is not one, but two pairs of different sizes in the collection of Elizabeth II.
Lady Dee wearing Mary Teck earrings, Legion-Media
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