Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Meghan's Royal Tour Jewellery Possibilities!

There's officially less than a week to go until Harry and Meghan's Royal Tour commences. I imagine the couple and their staff are in the final stages of preparations now. Operational notes, schedules, timings, briefing binders, suitcases to be packed (for 76 engagements!) and of course Meghan will be deciding what jewellery she's taking for the trip. It is very likely, the Duchess has been loaned a piece or two from the Royal Jewel Vault to wear during the tour. We know Meghan is very much a minimalist when it comes to her accessories - favouring small, versatile, delicate pieces. What items from the Queen could we see in the coming weeks?

When considering pieces Her Majesty might loan to the Duchess, brooches with a connection to the countries the Sussexes will be visiting are certainly top of the list. The first of these is the Australian Wattle Brooch. 

Presented to The Queen by the Government and People of Australia on Her Majesty's first visit to Australia in 1954, the yellow and white diamond brooch is in the form of a spray of wattle, the national flower of Australia, and tea tree blossoms. The wattle is the floral emblem of Australia and it is said to hold a great sentimental significance for The Queen. Her Majesty wore it throughout her Australian tour, including a visit to Flemington Races in Melbourne. She still wears it to this day.

Her Majesty's Jewel Vault

The brooch would make a fitting choice for Meghan. In the ITV documentary Queen of the World, Meghan talked about including the Australian Wattle in her veil. Speaking of the documentary, episode 2 can now be viewed on YouTube.

During the same tour in 1954, the South Australian people presented The Queen with the stone their region is best known for, the opal, as a token of their loyalty and affection. The sizeable Andamooka Opal Necklace and Earrings. The opal weighs 203 carats and was found at the Andamooka Opal Fields in South Australia in 1949. It is said to be the finest quality opal ever discovered in the fields because of the size and the intensity of fire and flashes of colour it contains. The Queen wore the demi-parure just once during the trip as a courtesy, with the Cambridge Lovers Knot Tiara. It's been retired since. Could the opals make a comeback during this trip?

Next, the very pretty Hibiscus brooch. It depicts two Australian hibiscus flowers with ruby centres. The beautiful piece was given to The Queen Mother as a gift from Australia. Following her death in 2002, it passed to The Queen, who has worn it several times.

Her Majesty's Jewel Vault

Next, we look at yet another piece Her Majesty received during her 1953/1954 world tour: The New Zealand Fern Brooch. The diamond and platinum brooch in the form of a silver fern - an important New Zealand Emblem - was a Christmas gift from the Women of Auckland. 

Her Majesty loaned the brooch to the Duchess of Cambridge in 2014 for her visit to New Zealand.

In 2013, when New Zealand Prime Minister John Key visited Balmoral, he gave The Queen a vibrant blue brooch from Eyris Pearls in Christchurch. The Queen has worn it on a couple of occasions. It could be a nice choice for the tour!

We could very well see other jewels from the vault such as earrings suitable for the varied days of engagements planned. A bracelet or necklace for one of the evening events? The State Dinner in Fiji and the official dinner in Tonga come to mind. Perhaps the pearl earrings the Queen gifted Meghan will make an appearance.

Several of you suggested the possibility of seeing Diana's Aquamarine ring again or indeed another piece from her private collection.

No doubt the Duchess was given spectacular jewels as wedding gifts in May. Indeed, she can expect to receive quite a few sparkling gifts during the trip. Her Majesty's Jewel Vault shared the following regarding gifts Kate received during the 2014 tour of New Zealand and Australia:

'The Duke and Duchess and Prince George returned from just their Australia/New Zealand tour with well over a thousand gifts in tow, and George was given more than anyone else. The Duchess seems to have picked up the most when it comes to jewelry as well. Among her treasures are a pair of pearl earrings from the Mayor of Christchurch, a white metal necklace and brooch from the CEO of the Cricket World Cup, a silver pendant from the CEO of the New South Wales Waratahs, a silver and opal brooch from the Governor General of Australia, a silver necklace and pair of earrings from the Governor of South Australia, another opal brooch from an individual, and many, many more pieces. These are only vaguely described (if they are described at all) in the lists.'


Before the tour, we'll see the Duke and Duchess at the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor on Friday morning. It will be the most formal wedding we've seen the couple attend. Do you have any style predictions for the day?

How can you watch the wedding?

  • The wedding will be Live Streamed for those around the world to watch on The Duke of York's YouTube Channel and The Royal Family YouTube Channel from 10am. 
  • Viewers on Facebook will also be able to watch the live stream on The Royal Family and The Duke of York's pages. 
  • On Twitter, followers can watch the stream on the Royal Family and Duke of York Live Twitter pages.

For televised coverage, The Telegraph reports:

  • ITV has placed the coverage of the historic event in the hands of the widely respected team of This Morning, hosted by Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford. Coverage begins at 9.25 am.
  • They will broadcast live from Windsor, showing events unfolding inside and outside the grounds of Windsor Castle, as well as giving their comment and reaction.
  • The BBC will show highlight clips later that day, after it decided against live coverage of the wedding despite the reported request of Eugenie's father, the Duke of York. 
  • ITV will broadcast a 30-minute highlights programme, The Royal Wedding: A Family Celebration, at 8pm the evening following the ceremony.
  • On the other side of the world, Channel 7 will provide exclusive access to ITV's live stream for Australians from 20:00 Sydney time, whilst networks in New Zealand have yet to advertise their plans.
  • For those in the US, Harper's Bazaar confirms: "TLC announced Thursday it would be the exclusive network to air Princess Eugenie’s wedding. Their broadcast, called Royal Wedding Live: Princess Eugenie, will begin at 4:25 a.m. EST on Friday, October 12, and the cable network will air an encore of the broadcast starting at 7:25 a.m. ET. (The West Coast will be on a standard three-hour tape delay, a rep confirms.)"

We'll see you on Friday morning for the wedding and then it's officially Royal Tour countdown time!


  1. Unfortunately, I don’t think Meghan will wear any loans on this tour. Camilla and Catherine have never worn anything connected to Australia and only the fern brooch for New Zealand once. Combined with Meghan’s minimalist approach to jewelry my hopes aren’t high for anything from the Queen. We’ll be lucky if she wears earrings regularly, since she hasn’t so far.

  2. I don't see DoS wearing brooches, to be quite frank. That's a very traditional thing for the BRF and I'm seeing the Sussexes as doing things Quite Differently for the Future.
    I suspect more of DoS purchasing something from a local-to-the-area jeweler or accessory designer--something small and subdued, that suits her personal style and that she'll wear again and again in her real life.
    I'm looking forward to a dainty jewelry set or bag from a local/regional creator.

  3. Susan In Florida10 October 2018 at 20:23

    Just wondering . Are the gifts given during a tour considered the personal property of each Duchess or do the gifts belong to the Crown?

    1. No, the royals do not personally own official gifts.

  4. I don't know if she'll wear a brooch, it doesn't seem to be something she would wear, but then again who knows?

  5. I have two suggestions for the wedding.
    The first one is a repeat, since Kate seems to do this and perhaps Meghan will as well.

    Dior navy dress
    Pink hat
    Pink Shoes

    The second look is all new.

    L.K. Bennett dress
    Philip Treacy hat
    L.K. Bennett shoes

    1. kate is duchess for 7 years she can afford to hand out old outfits Meghna is the last 5 months can we give him time?

    2. I like the Dior but it is too dark for a wedding and the light pink accessoires would not make a good outfit in my world. The rest isn't Meghan's style in my opinion. I hope she opts for something new chic, sleek and another color but beige, black or dark blue.

    3. ROLF, a navy and pink combo isn’t festive enough so Meghan wears … a navy coat and hat.

  6. I did not know that she had to wear special jewels in the tour.So for her wedding and tour outfit I think as usual: this hair will not go, her outfits inappropriate and not enough English, her shoes too high she will be too much hooked on Harry. In short, usual criticisms

  7. I love that brooch from New Zealand. I hope someone gives her some opals to wear too.

    My prediction for the wedding is that Meghan will wear navy. I would like her to wear those earrings she wore for her wedding reception, too.

  8. Intrigued By Royals11 October 2018 at 01:54

    When you mentioned that Eugenie's wedding will be on YouTube at 10 am I was wondering if that was UK time or EST or what? Would you mind clarifying that?

  9. All the jewelry presented as possible choices for Meghan to consider if offered by HM are absolutely fabulous. Although Meghan favors delicate pieces I am sure she would not decline the offer and would wear with pride knowing the history behind the selections. The Queens collection of jewels never disappoints as year in and year out yet another piece appears for our viewing pleasure.

  10. Any chance of a tiara on this tour?

    1. Catherine has never worn a tiara outside UK, Camilla has worn hers only if she is attending a CHOGM dinner, Sophie only for foreign royal weddings and the installation of a monarch. So Meghan will not wear a tiara on tour.

      I am wondering about the accuracy of the term state dinner. I have always thought it means that one head of state is entertaining another. Since the Queen will not be present, will there be a state dinner on this tour?

    2. No tiaras on this tour.

  11. I think Meghan would look stunning in opals--hope she can reimagine some of HM's bling to suit! I can see her wearing a brooch in her hair, pinned to a handbag, or even as the closure on a belt.

  12. I think it's unlikely that she'll wear any of these, but if it were to happen the earrings from the opal set and the hibiscus flower brooch would be the best choices. Both look to be on the smaller side and she could incorporate them into her wardrobe somewhat seamlessly.

    I would happily see her source some local designers for jewelry though. It was something missing from the Ireland trip this summer.

    As for the wedding tomorrow, I'm expecting something new. The usual style for a formal BRF event is a bit different that what she's probably used to so I can't see much clothes from her past making the cut. The RAF dress would be an option if it didn't look black (people seemed to have an issue with that color for weddings last time). The christening dress could work too, restyled with different accessories, but those are the only real options I can come up with from what she already owns.

  13. I simply adore your jewelry posts, Charlotte! I particularly appreciate your research and the history (with photographs to match) of the jewelry. Even if the DoS doesn't wear any of these (though I think the opals would be stunning) at least we got to read your post.

    This American anglophile will indeed be up early to watch the wedding on Friday!

  14. I can't really see Meghan warring a brooch in the traditional way but i would love to see her wear one of those brooches in her hair!


    1. I am with you. If she wears one, I think she'll do something different with it as well. I hope so!

  15. I adore that enormous opal necklace and would love to see it styled with a sleek black gown.

  16. Commented earlier, but that one must have been lost in the ether...

    I don’t really like brooches because they seem almost old fashioned, but I understand why they work for diplomatic dressing. I would just love to see Meghan in some big jewels.

  17. I think this royal wedding will be the last for some time. Beatrice may find someone and get married in the next 5 years, and then there's Sophie's children. But most of the current generation have had their weddings, so I feel lucky to have seen Kate's and Meghan's.

    Yes, I would love for Meghan to do some magic with that big opal!!

  18. I was wondering if dresses are mandatory for the wedding? Is it possible for her to re-wear her green givenchy ensemble from the Ireland visit?

  19. The Duchess of Sussex, being a “minimalist” when it comes to fashion and jewelry, it will be interesting what type of jewelry she chooses🤔. Thanks, Charlotte.


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