How the Queen pays tribute to Saudi Kings by wearing these lavish jewels
The Queen has an array of stunning jewels, many of them given to her by foreign royals, including these gems from the Middle East.
The King Faisal Diamond Necklace
Designed by Harry winston and given to the Queen by King Faisal of Saudi Arabia in 1967 during his state visit to the country, and the Queen sometimes wears the piece for evening events.
It is made up of three shapes of diamonds, baguette, brilliant and pear, and comes in at a whopping 84 carats.
She has loaned the necklace out to Princess Diana who wore it in Australia in 1983.
Sophie Countess of Wessex, 53, wore the piece to a gala in 2012.
King Faisal reigned in Saudi Arabia from 1964 to 1975, when he was assassinated by his nephew Faisal bin Musaid.
The King Kalid Diamond Necklace
This stunning piece was given to the Queen by 1972 when she visited Saudi Arabia.
Much like King Faisal’s gift, it was designed by Harry Winston.
The 20 pear shaped diamonds are set in platinum. Princess Diana also wore the piece in 1982 to a film premiere while pregnant with Prince William.
Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud ruled Saudi from 1972 to June 1892, when he died of a heart attack aged 69.
There are more splendid gifts gifts given to the Queen from rulers in the Middle East, including a dazzling tiara, brooches and a necklace from the Nizam of Hyderabad.
The Nizam of Hyderabad Neklace
Interestingly the Queen was able to select this gift herself, giving us a rare insight into the monarchs true taste.
Given to Her Majesty as a wedding gift in 1947, the Nizam of Hyderabad invited the Queen to select herself some pieces from Cartier.
She chose the tiara with a ruse motif, which she matched with an ornate necklace.
Kate Middleton wore the necklace to the National Portrait Gallery Gala in February 2018.
The Qatar Pearl and Diamond Demi-Parure
The Queen was gifted a huge pearl necklace and matching earring set from Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar, in 1979.
She has rarely worn the piece, perhaps because it is so large, but she did wear it to mark the 2010 state visit from Qatar.
Camilla, the second wife of the next-in-line to the British throne, has received three extravagant gifts from the Saudi Royal Family in the form of demi-parures – all set with different precious stones.
Jewellers David Bader & Josef Caldaro told Express.co.uk: “The Saudis have a deep-rooted culture of lavish gift-giving; it is accepted as the norm in social interactions, political affairs, and business dealings.”