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The Queen wears special jewellery from her 20s during recent appearances - find out the sweet story

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Fiona Ward
Acting Fashion and Beauty Editor
5 November 2021
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The Queen has been undertaking digital engagements once again recently, after taking some time to rest at Windsor Castle on doctors' advice - and it looks like she's made a change to her jewellery for informal appearances.

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Her Majesty is very well known for always wearing her three-strand pearl necklaces, but it appears that she's changed out her usual jewels for a two-strand necklace, instead, suggesting it could be her favoured option when relaxing at home.

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Perhaps even more special is that the delicate necklace is thought to date back to the 1940s, when the Queen was in her early twenties - she wore the style for a number of photographs taken on her honeymoon with the late Duke of Edinburgh.

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The Queen wore her two-strand pearl necklace during her honeymoon with Prince Philip

Instagram jewellery expert @BritishRoyalJewels pointed out the change in a recent post, writing: "In recent months, for her 'at home' engagements in Windsor Castle, The Queen has been wearing a two-strand pearl necklace as opposed to the usual three strand pearl necklace we typically see for her engagements.

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"Identifying and differentiating pearl necklaces can be very difficult without a clear view of the clasp, but in my eyes, the size and shape of these pearls makes them easy to recognise. These pearls are slightly smaller than other two-row pearl strands and have irregularly shaped pearls. It appears this is the same necklace The Queen favored in the 1940's."

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The Queen is thought to consider her pearls part of her uniform

It's thought that the monarch sees her trusty pearls as part of her official royal 'uniform' - she has worn them throughout her life. She has a number of beautiful pieces in her collection, though the origins of her two-strand necklace are unknown.

Plenty of royal fans reacted to the sweet post, with one writing: "Maybe her way of keeping Prince Phillip with her. These must be fond memories for her," and another adding: "Obviously a piece that holds many memories for Her Majesty."

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