The touching story behind the only TWO pieces of jewelry the Queen will wear as she's laid to rest

The Queen’s private jewellery collection includes 98 brooches, 46 necklaces, 34 pairs of earrings and 15 rings

The touching story behind the only TWO pieces of jewelry the Queen will wear as she's laid to rest
Queen Elizabeth II will reportedly be laid to rest wearing her wedding ring and a pair of pearl earrings despite boasting of an extensive collection of jewelry (Geoff Pugh - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: It is no secret that Queen Elizabeth II was adorned with countless precious jewels throughout her life. The Queen’s private jewellery collection is reported to hold around 300 pieces, including 98 brooches, 46 necklaces, 34 pairs of earrings and 15 rings. At her coronation, the Queen wore a crown glittering with jewels including the world's largest largest white diamond, The Koh-i-Noor Diamond, which was taken from from India. 

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However, the Queen is reportedly set to be buried with just a few simple sentimental pieces. Her wedding ring, made from Welsh gold and with diamonds taken from a tiara owned by Prince Philip's mother, Alice of Battenberg. There is speculation that it may go to her daughter Princess Anne as well. However, it has not been confirmed yet. In 1923, the Queen's wedding ring was passed to her after being given to her parents for their wedding. It was made from gold mined from the Clogau St David's mine.

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Despite a vast array of choices, Lisa Levinson, head of communications at the Natural Diamond Council told Metro UK that the Queen would likely be buried with just her wedding ring and a pair of pearl earrings. Her jewelry was stored in the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace when she did not wear them. Levinson claimed the Queen was “an incredibly humble woman” and noted it “is unlikely” that she will be draped in priceless jewels when she is laid to rest. The expert said that jewels not buried with Queen Elizabeth were likely to remain in the royal collection. 

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Queen Elizabeth II's dresses are reflected in a glass case displaying The Vladimir Tiara and The Delhi Durbar necklace at Buckingham Palace on July 25, 2006 in London. Celebrating the Queen's 80th birthday, the largest ever exhibition of 80 gowns and jewellery from the 1940's to the present day, worn by her majesty on private and official engagements, will go on show to the public in the State Rooms during the summer opening of the palace.
Queen Elizabeth II's dresses are reflected in a glass case displaying The Vladimir Tiara and The Delhi Durbar necklace at Buckingham Palace on July 25, 2006 in London. The Queen has 300 pieces of jewelry in her personal collection (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

The official Crown Jewels are held in the Tower of London. Dating back to the 17th-century, the collection includes more than 23,000 diamonds, sapphires and rubies. Along with the Queen, Princess Margaret, Princess Anne and Princess Diana owned wedding rings of Welsh gold. The only other piece of jewellery the Queen is expected to be buried with are her signature pearl earrings. Wearing pearls is a royal tradition dating back thousands of years, according to 'The Queen’s Jewels' author Leslie Field. 

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The crown of Queen Elizabeth II is carried during for the State Opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster on October 14, 2019 in London, England. The Queen's speech is expected to announce Plans to end the free movement of EU citizens to the UK after Brexit, New laws on crime, health and the environment.
The crown of Queen Elizabeth II is carried during for the State Opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster on October 14, 2019 in London, England. The Queen's crown has the world's largest diamond, the Koh-i-Noor, which was taken from India (Hannah McKay - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The Queen's state funeral will take place in Westminster Abbey on Monday, September 19, after she lies-in-state in her oak coffin for four days at Westminster Hall. Her coffin arrived in Buckingham on September 13. Scores of people, braving rain and bad weather, reportedly applauded and cried as the Queen's coffin arrived.

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Queen Elizabeth II proceeds through the Royal Gallery before the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster on May 18, 2016 in London, England. The State Opening of Parliament is the formal start of the parliamentary year. This year's Queen's Speech, setting out the government's agenda for the coming session, is expected to outline policy on prison reform, tuition fee rises and reveal the potential site of a UK spaceport.
Queen Elizabeth II proceeds through the Royal Gallery before the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster on May 18, 2016 in London, England. The Queen's crown was made for Queen Victoria in 1838 and It contains more than 3,000 precious stones, including 2,700 diamonds (Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

When the Queen lies-in-state, her coffin will be draped with the Royal Standard, as it was in Edinburgh. The standard will be accompanied by the Imperial State Crown, which was worn once a year by the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament. It has nearly 3,000 precious stones, including sapphires, emeralds and rubies. The crown was made for Queen Victoria in 1838. It contains more than 3,000 precious stones, including 2,700 diamonds. 

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Queen Elizabeth II meets guests as she attends the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on May 29, 2019 in London, England.
Queen Elizabeth II meets guests as she attends the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on May 29, 2019 in London, England (Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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