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