For a woman with perhaps the greatest personal collection of jewels in the world, none were so valuable to the Queen as those that were designed by and given to her by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh. Her Majesty’s historic collection included dozens of tiaras, hundreds of brooches, and almost every type of precious stone. Following the loss of Prince Philip, who died peacefully in his sleep at Windsor Castle on April 9, 2021 at the age of 99, the keepsakes he gave her—and the memories they hold—were undoubtedly more precious than ever.
Over the course of their 73-year marriage, Philip designed and purchased numerous gifts of jewelry for the Queen, and his unique designs often reflected deeply personal references to their relationship. One of the happiest periods of their life together was their brief stint in Malta from 1949 to 1951, when the Duke was serving in the Royal Navy, and the future Queen’s father, George VI, was still on the throne. Philip included the Naval badge in a number of the pieces he had made for his wife.
Prince Philip shared his interest in jewelry design with his great-great grandfather, Prince Albert, who was Consort to Queen Victoria. Much to Victoria’s delight, Albert was also gifted when it came to art and design. He presented her with many pieces which still survive in the Royal Collection, symbols of the enduring legacy of their love.
At the Coronation in 1953, Philip knelt before the Queen and swore an oath to be her “liege man of life and limb.” In 1997, on the occasion of their Golden Wedding anniversary, Elizabeth said Philip had, “quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know.”
Below, take a closer look at five of the treasured gifts of jewelry the Duke of Edinburgh gave to the Queen during their marriage.