Queen Elizabeth II wore many precious jewels throughout her reign, but now that she’s passed away at age 96, many are wondering where her private collection will end up. That depends on whether her pieces were part of the Windsor collection — passed down through generations — or her own private collection. The short answer is, her extensive range of pieces — which includes earrings, necklaces, tiaras — is divided into personal gifts and trust of the monarch.
She’s lent many of her jewels to the royal family throughout the years, mostly for special occasions, trips, and weddings. Meghan Markle wore Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau as a bride in 2018, and Kate Middleton wore the Queen Mother’s Cartier Halo tiara in 2011. However, the bulk of Queen Elizabeth II’s items are in trust to the British throne, with her son having acceded as King Charles III.
“It is likely that she would want to pass on items from her private collection to her loved ones,” royal commentator Josh Rom told the New York Post. “The bulk of the collection will pass to Charles — with Camilla as his queen consort — and then Kate, so they may not [have] left anything big [in the will].”
Any members of the royal family who take ownership of Queen Elizabeth II’s possessions will reportedly have to pay inheritance tax on them, save for King Charles III, who is exempt. The royal collection also consists of an extensive range of artwork and reportedly makes up more than one million objects, with some dating back to Henry VIII’s reign.
Ahead, reminisce on some memorable moments when Queen Elizabeth II wore her most magnificent jewels.