Since Monday, June 28, the queen has started her traditional “Holyrood Week”, or Scottish week. Four days during which, the monarch will chain royal engagements and official visits to Scotland. After going to a soda factory with Prince William, and attending the key ceremony for the city of Edinburgh, this Tuesday, June 29, the sovereign received in audience, the Prime Minister of Scotland , Nicola Sturgeon. A meeting during which the queen wore a very symbolic jewel that did not go unnoticed. Indeed, she had pinned to her pretty floral dress a brooch, which was once the piece of a tiara received in 1947 on the occasion of her marriage, from the one who was one of the richest men in the world. world, Mir Osman Ali Khan, nizam of Hyderabad. The latter was the owner of an important collection of stones and jewelry, but also of the coveted Jacob diamond, ranked as the fifth largest polished diamond in the world.
The Indian sovereign had therefore offered Elizabeth II, for her wedding to Prince Phillip, a sumptuous diamond necklace and this famous tiara. Two very precious jewels created by Cartier at the end of the 1930s, with an estimated value of nearly 100,000 euros. If Her Majesty has had the opportunity to wear the necklace on several occasions, Kate Middleton also had the privilege of borrowing this imposing piece from the Queen for a reception in 2019. According to Write Royalty, the tiara would have been dismantled in 1973. The three roses which adorned it were therefore transformed into brooches.
The Queen wearing the Nizam of Hyderabad rose tiara, a wedding gift she chose herself. Stunning! pic.twitter.com/c18W0SBDzm
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Is Queen Elizabeth II accompanied for her stay in Scotland?
As this is the very first trip she has made since the death of her husband Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II can count on the support of several members of her family to accompany her throughout her stay. . This was the case with Prince William, present alongside his grandmother for her first day of visit. Wednesday and Thursday, it is Princess Anne who will accompany her mother on these outings, while the Duke of Cambridge must return to London to attend the tribute paid to Lady Di this Thursday, July 1.
Queen Elizabeth II and Nicola Sturgeon © Agence