Princess Anne’s favourite ‘dramatic, classic and opulent’ necklace worn over five decades

Princess Anne's 'underrated style' discussed by commentators

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As the daughter of a reigning queen, Princess Anne has inherited and received jewels from the British royal family and from her father’s Greek and German royal relatives. She described herself as a “boring old fuddy-duddy” in an interview in 2020, but Princess Anne can certainly dress up in full glamour when required with precious jewels and sparkling tiaras.

Indeed, when not wearing her jodhpurs, the Princess Royal can be spotted in pearls, with chokers being a particular favourite, spectacular brooches, many of which are treasured heirlooms borrowed from the Queen, diamond necklaces, and romantic tiaras.

One of Anne’s earlier birthday presents was a diamond festoon necklace and earrings.

This was an antique diamond festoon necklace with ribbons and bows, and pendant drops, accompanied by matching pendant earrings.

The Diamond Festoon Tiara was gifted to the Princess Royal on her birthday for launching a ship in the 1970s.

Charlotte White, head of design at Europe’s largest online diamond jeweller 77 Diamonds, spoke exclusively to about why Princess’s Anne’s necklace is so special.

Charlotte said: “There is one dramatic, classic and opulent diamond necklace that Princess Anne clearly adores because she has been photographed wearing it, again and again, over the course of decades – the Festoon necklace.

“It’s actually part of a suite, or set, with matching earrings which Princess Anne received for her 18th birthday from her parents, the Queen and the late Duke of Edinburgh.

“The necklace is a dazzling, antique piece in a flowing design of ribbons, bows and pendant drops.

“Princess Anne notably chose to wear both the necklace and earrings in her ravishing engagement picture in 1973 to Captain Mark Phillips, father of her children.

“In 2011, Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall wore the very same earrings on her wedding day, combined with the stunning Greek Key Tiara, in a geometrical style, which had belonged to Prince Philip’s mother.”

In the five decades that Princess Anne has worn the piece, the Festoon Necklace has remained a staple in the Princess Royal’s jewellery collection.

It was seen at the Guildhall Banquet for the Spanish State Visit in 2017.

Princess Anne also wore the necklace during the Queen’s Commonwealth Dinner at Buckingham Palace that same year.

It will undoubtedly remain in the Princess Royal’s jewellery collection, and perhaps even be passed onto Zara Tindall eventually.

Princess Anne often pairs the necklace and earrings with the diamond festoon tiara that she received as a gift from the World Wide Shipping Group.

Along with wearing the tiara, necklace, and earrings together for various state events, Anne wore them in her engagement portraits.

She also wore the necklace and earrings with a diamond floral brooch in her 60th birthday portraits.

The earrings most poignantly made a significant outing at her daughter, Zara’s wedding day in 2011.

They were accompanied by a tiara that belonged to Prince Philip’s mother, Alice of Battenberg.

Princess Anne celebrated her 71st birthday last week, and is expected to be joining her husband Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence at Balmoral with the Queen this summer.

She became a grandmother for the fifth time in 2021 with the new addition to Mike and Zara Tindall’s family, with the birth of baby Lucas.

Her style as a grandmother has not waivered and royal fans are excited to see the Festoon Necklace reappear on the Princess Royal at future royal engagements.

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