Queen Elizabeth might be more well-known for the brightly colored outfits that make her impossible to miss at any special event she happens to be attending — but have you ever noticed the one accessory she tends to top each of those off with? We aren’t talking about all of the stunning brooches she likes to add to her lapels, although we love those just as much.
Royal fans with a keen eye will notice that along with those ornate pins, Elizabeth is apparently a huge fan of a simple pearl necklace. Although there’s no telling how many beautiful sets she might have tucked away in her jewelry collection, it’s clear that she favors pearl necklaces with either two or three strands. As it turns out, each option is steeped with fascinating royal history and, of course, plenty of sentimental value.
Queen Elizabeth’s pearl necklaces are especially noticeable when she attends a wedding, including Prince Charles’ wedding to Diana, and the celebrations for each of her grandsons, William and Harry. You can check out a look at her choice of pearls for all three of those royal weddings — plus a a look back at which strands she decided on for her own nuptials.
Take a look below to learn more about the classic pearl necklaces Queen Elizabeth loves to wear for special occasions!