Jewellery

Princess Anne wears a diamond brooch to the funeral of King Constantine II

The Princess Royal stepped out in Athens to attend the funeral of Constantine II of Greece in a pair of pearl drop earrings and a diamond brooch

By Joshua Hendren

Princess Anne stepped out on behalf of the British Royal Family to mourn the loss of King Constantine II in a pair of dainty pearl drop earrings and a diamond brooch. 

Joined by her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, the Princess Royal was pictured arriving at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Athens for the funeral of the last King of Greece, the godfather of the Prince of Wales and the second-cousin of His Majesty.

Princess Anne arrives for the funeral service of former King of Greece Constantine II
Princess Anne arrives for the funeral service of former King of Greece Constantine II in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens (Photo by Aris Messinis/Getty Images)

Dressed in a tailored black coat and matching gloves, Princess Anne accessorised her respectful ensemble with a twinkling diamond brooch and pearl earrings in a drop-style, harkening back to a pair frequently worn by the late Queen Elizabeth II.

Princess Anne arrives for the funeral service of former King of Greece Constantine II
Princess Anne attends the funeral service of former King of Greece Constantine II in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens (Photo by Stoyan Nenov/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Queen Letizia of Spain joined her husband King Felipe VI in a treasured heirloom, Queen Ena’s Gray Pearl Drop brooch. The piece originates from Queen Ena’s ‘joyas de pasar’ (the jewels that are passed on) archive and is reserved solely for the use of reigning Queens and consorts of Spain. Punctuated by a large, grey pearl, the brooch is studded with diamonds and hung with a pear-shaped pearl droplet.

Queen Letizia arrives for the funeral service of former King of Greece Constantine II
Queen Letizia arrives at the funeral for King Constantine of Greece at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens (Photo By Raul Terrel/Getty Images)

Pearls have long been the royal choice for mourning jewellery, a tradition that dates back to Queen Victoria’s era. Following the death of her husband, Prince Albert, in 1861, Queen Victoria famously only wore black for 40 years, accessorising only with black or colourless jewellery – pearls being a common choice. Pearls came to represent tears in the 19th century, and so Queen Victoria wore long strands of them for the rest of her life.

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