Camilla will ‘get first choice’ of the Queen’s clothes and jewellery – but Kate Middleton is likely to receive ‘lion’s share’, royal experts claim
Editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine Ingrid Seward said who the items go to will have been ‘sorted and organised by the Queen some time ago’.
‘I imagine Her late Majesty’s personal jewellery will be given to various members of her family. The Princess of Wales as the future Queen receiving the lion’s share,’ she explained.
‘There are pieces which will remain for use of the reigning monarch’s wife – in this case Camilla. She will need a large collection to support her constitutional role.’
Some items, such as the late monarch’s wedding dress and coronation gown, will be ‘preserved for historical purposes’ and ‘be placed on display’, royal expert Christine Ross told FEMAIL.
The Princess of Wales will receive the ‘lion’s share’ of the Queen’s clothes and jewellery collection, as well as the Queen Consort, who will ‘get first choice’, royal experts have claimed. Pictured, the three royals together in June 2021
Editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine Ingrid Seward said who the items go to will have been ‘sorted and organised by the Queen some time ago’. Pictured, the Queen in 2018
From her bright co-ordinated outfits, to her matching hats and handbags, the Queen became known for her classic sense of style.
Her Majesty, who was laid to rest on Monday in a private burial service in Windsor Castle following her state funeral, was rarely seen in the same piece of clothing during her 70-year reign – and when she was, her repeat-wears were carefully considered.
With an extensive wardrobe and jewellery collection, the monarch’s passing has left many wondering what may happen to her possessions now.
Royal expert Christine said: ‘I would expect some of her iconic outfits, such as her Jubilee ensembles or the coats and hats worn to royal weddings, would certainly be preserved for historical purposes.
‘The Historic Royal Palaces collection preserves a number of Queen Victoria’s and Princess Diana’s clothes, and Queen Elizabeth’s clothes hold as much historical importance and interest.
‘I have no doubt that her wedding gown and coronation gown would be preserved by the Royal Collection Trust, and would be placed on display frequently.’
The experts said some of the Queen’s dresses are likely to be given to her grandchildren. Pictured: The Queen and Prince Philip at the wedding of Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in September 2020, for which Beatrice wore a dress belonging to the Queen
Princess Eugenie added a flash of green to her white bridal gown on her wedding day in October 2018 as she borrowed her grandmother’s Greville Emerald Kokoshnik tiara
Christine also explained most of her Her Majesty’s jewels belong to the Crown, and would be passed to the next Sovereign.
She said: ‘Items from the Queen’s personal collection would have been passed to her family members with each chosen personally by Her Majesty. Like any treasured heirloom, these are certainly very special pieces.
‘I also hope that, like Princess Beatrice’s wedding gown, some clothing items have been passed to her grandchildren.
‘Many of the Queen’s ball gowns could be altered to suit Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, the new Princess of Wales, or even Princess Charlotte and Lilibet in the future.’
Many of the Queen’s possessions are held in a trust rather than being a part of the monarch’s private collection, meaning her jewellery will remain there.
As King, Charles is now in charge of the Crown Jewels, which have been handed down from British monarchs since the 17th century.
The Queen also has a private collection of jewellery, which is filled with 300 items of jewellery, according to The Times, and includes 98 brooches, 46 necklaces, 34 pairs of earrings, 15 rings, 14 watches, and five pendants.
The Grand Duchess Vladimir tiara was made by the illustrious House of Bolin, one of the world’s oldest jewellers, for Maria Pavlovna, wife of Grand Duke Vladimir of Russia, and presented on her wedding day in 1874. When the revolution erupted, the family fled and the tiara was left behind, only to be smuggled out of Russia by a British secret agent (The Queen pictured in the United States in 1976)
It’s thought that much of the collection will go to Queen Consort Camilla and the Princess of Wales.
‘There is a hierarchy in all of this,’ royal expert Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight.
‘The Queen Consort, really, gets first choice of the Queen’s jewellery. And after that is Princess of Wales, of course, Kate. The Duchess of Sussex, I’m sure, will come in for some jewellery at some point, but she is much further down the pecking order.’
When it comes to her clothes, royal biographer Brian Hoey previously revealed that once the Queen tired of her outfits, she would donate them to her dressers, who would either wear them or sell them.
‘If her dresser wishes to sell an item, she is not allowed to disclose any information about its former owner,’ Brian wrote in his 2011 book, Not In Front of the Corgis.
‘All labels and any other evidence that might point to The Queen have to be removed so that no one can trace its origin. All of the labels found on the clothes and anything that could possibly identify it as having come from royalty are obliterated.’
The Queen’s personal dresser Angela Kelly explained how the monarch liked her clothes to be ‘adapted and recycled as much as possible’.
‘Typically, the lifespan of an outfit can be up to around 25 years,’ she wrote in her book The Other Side Of The Coin: The Queen, The Dresser And The Wardrobe.
‘Her Majesty is always thrifty and likes her clothes to be adapted and recycled as much as possible… After two or three outings, a piece will have become familiar to the media, so we will either look for ways to modify it or it will become something that is worn on private holidays at Balmoral or Sandringham.’