Queen Alexandra’s Wedding Necklace

(public domain)

Queen Alexandra’s Wedding Necklace consists of “eight pearl and diamond clusters, all detachable and all with spiral back clasps for attachments, the three at the centre with detachable brilliant and pavé-set baroque pearl pendants, linked by festoons of brilliant in open-back and cut-down silver collets.”1

The necklace was part of a pearl and diamond parure given to then Princess Alexandra of Denmark by her future husband as a wedding present. The parure consisted of a tiara, brooch, necklace and earrings and cost a total of £13,680.2

Alexandra wore the necklace on her wedding day in 1863 and during the coronation in 1902. It was passed to Queen Mary and then Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother had it lengthened in 1937. Queen Elizabeth II inherited the necklace in 2002.

The then Duchess of Cambridge wore the necklace in 2018 during the Dutch State Visit.

  1. The Queen’s Diamonds by Hugh Roberts p.84
  2. The Queen’s Diamonds by Hugh Roberts p.84

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