Princess Anne inherits Queen Elizabeth II’s pearl necklace

Estimated to be worth up to £1 million, Queen Elizabeth II's iconic three-strand pearl necklace has passed down to her only daughter, the Princess Royal

By Joshua Hendren

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Anne has inherited her mother’s favourite piece of jewellery.

Queen Elizabeth II attends a polo match at Windsor, UK, 4th August 1958 (Photo by Bob Haswell/Express/Getty Images)

A gift from her father, King George VI, the three-strand pearl necklace became an iconic element of the late monarch’s signature look. Estimated to be worth up to £1 million, the glimmering pearls will now pass down to her daughter, Princess Anne, who was seen sporting the piece not long ago.

Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to Tuvalu in the South Pacific (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

Attending a reception for the English Speaking Union in New York on October 7th, the Princess Royal paired the lustrous strands with matching pearl drop earrings.

Princess Anne, Princess Royal holds a gifted scarf made from St James Quarter tartan, designed by Edinburgh College of Art graduate Rosie Baird during a VIP tour of St James Quarter on September 29, 2022 in Edinburgh, Scotland (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for St James Quarter)

Queen Elizabeth II’s pearl necklace remains a particularly meaningful reminder of the close relationship the late monarch shared with her father who passed away in 1952. In fact, the Queen loved her pearl necklace so much that she had several backups made. The second replica was entirely identical, while the third, a gift from Emir of Qatar in 1953, came fastened with a diamond clasp by court jeweller Garrard.

Queen Elizabeth II stands on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the Platinum Pageant on June 5, 2022 in London, England (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Kate, Princess of Wales has also been spotted wearing one of Her Majesty’s three-strand pearl necklaces. Most recently, during a lunch held for governors-general of the Commonwealth nations at Buckingham Palace ahead of the state funeral.

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