The present Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, was bestowed with several gifts over the years from her family and people all around the world. Presenting a list of the 10 most expensive gifts worth in millions that she has ever received, which belong to her personal collection of valuables:
Cullinan III and IV
The Cullinan Diamond was discovered in the diamond mines of South Africa. The same was gifted as a birthday present to King Edward VII. Thereafter, several diamonds were cut out of it. Cullinan III and IV, weighing 94 carat and 64 carats respectively, are parts of that diamond, both of which were gifted to Queen Elizabeth II by Queen Mary. These diamonds were made into brooches and currently hold the title of being the most priced treasures in the world. Their combined worth is around £ 50 million.
Russian Kokoshnik Tiara
Lady Salisbury originally gave the Russian Kokoshnik Tiara to Princess Alexandra of Wales in 1888 as the latter wanted a tiara fashioned like the kokoshnik, which Russian girls used to wear as their head dress. Garrard Jewelers crafted this magnificent piece with Lady Salisbury keeping close watch during the whole process. The tiara consists of more than sixty platinum bars and around 500 diamonds, each weighing more than 3 carats. For many years, the tiara remained in the possession of Princess Alexandra until it was gifted to Queen Elizabeth II.
Collet Necklace and Earrings
It was Queen Victoria who ordered the Collet Necklace and Earrings to be made using diamonds from her own collection. She wore the set several times during her reign and those can be seen in many of their portraits and paintings as well. The necklace itself consists of more than thirty collet diamonds weighing over twenty two carats. The set was later handed over to Queen Elizabeth II. The fact that Queen Victoria adored the set makes it an extremely valuable gift.
Queen Anne and Caroline Pearl Necklaces
The combined worth of Queen Anne and Caroline Pearl Necklaces is over £ 4 million. As the name suggests, the necklaces belonged to Queen Anne and Queen Caroline. The queens wore them extensively until they started wearing more expensive and larger jewelry pieces to events and coronations. The necklaces were later given to Queen Elizabeth II in 1947 by her father as a wedding gift.
Prince Albert Sapphire Brooch
The Prince Albert Sapphire Brooch originally belonged to Queen Victoria who presented it to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. She then gifted it to her daughter Queen Elizabeth II. The brooch weighing at around 25 carats is worth £ 4 million. However, some people believe it to be worth much more than that.
Queen Mother’s Necklace
This piece of jewelry originally belonged to Queen Victoria. It was eventually gifted to Queen Elizabeth II. Though the weight of this necklace was never declared officially, it is believed to have forty five large pieces of diamonds along with several smaller ones.
The King George IV State Diadem
This diadem was made in the year 1820 by Royal goldsmiths Rundell and Bridge for the official coronation of King George IV. Queen Elizabeth II eventually inherited this piece consisting of 1300 diamonds and 170 pearls. The total weight of this diadem is a little more than 325 carats.
Burmese Ruby Tiara
Queen Elizabeth II received quite a few rubies and diamonds as her wedding gift from the Burmese people, who believed that these jewels have the unique attribute to protect the wearer from illness and subsequent death. It was only in 1973 that the Queen got Garrard and Co. use the jewels to make a tiara that was named the Burmese Ruby Tiara. The rubies and gold were used to make the center of a flower while a total of ninety six diamonds and silver were fashioned as its petals.
It was in the year 1947 when King George VI ordered a necklace to be made using a little over 150 diamonds that he has inherited from his predecessors. The necklace when completed weighed 170 carats with three rows of diamonds. The Festoon Necklace eventually got transferred to Queen Elizabeth II from King George VI.
Queen Mary purchased the Vladimir Tiara, which is also known as the Diamond and Pearl Tiara, in 1921 from Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia. She inherited the tiara from her mother. After keeping it for several years, Queen Mary gave the tiara to Queen Elizabeth II as a present.
It is to be noted that the actual worth of Queen Elizabeth II’s personal collection could not be ascertained since she did not allow anybody, government or non-government organization, to do so till now. Thus, any calculations or claims of her valuables made so far is nothing more than mere speculations. This mystery does not seem to be revealed anytime sooner.