The queen consort and her husband, King Charles III, 74, are in France for a state visit hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron. Last night, the couple enjoyed a dinner (or more formally, a state banquet) at Versailles, where Queen Camilla paid tribute to her late mother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II, with her choice of jewelry.
Queen Camilla Wears Sapphire Jewelry Set That Previously Belonged to Queen Elizabeth II
They're estimated to be worth $6.2 million
This set of dazzling jewels originally belonged to Queen Elizabeth II, who received them from her father, King George VI, as a wedding gift in 1947.
As noted by The Court Jeweller, the set was originally composed of just a necklace and earrings. In 1952, the late monarch had the largest stone removed from the chain, and it was eventually used to make a pendant. Then, a bracelet was made in the early ’60s, and a matching tiara was constructed in 1963.
According to fine jewelry experts at Steven Stone, the King George VI Sapphire Suite is estimated to be worth $6.2 million.
This isn't the first time Queen Camilla has worn the impressive jewelry set. In November 2022, she wore the suite to a banquet at Buckingham Palace—the first of King Charles’s reign, in fact.
Queen Elizabeth wore this set on numerous occasions throughout her life, including at her Golden Jubilee, for her 80th birthday and in a portrait that was unveiled in 2020.
A beautiful nod to QEII.
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