Forgive me as I dive headlong into a Royal Wedding blogfest this week. I already teared up at the snippet of Barbara Walters’ interview of Elton John on Good Morning America this morning – I’m going to be a mess come Friday.
While the rumor mill is buzzing about the guest list (Elton John and the Becks made the cut), the dress designer (Kate, herself, is now in the running) and the honeymoon spot (Lizard Island, Australia) – my heart belongs to the jewelry buzz – of course.
One tear-jerker of a jewelry morsel I uncovered was news that Princess Diana’s sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, will wear the late princess’s wedding earrings to William and Kate’s big day. The royal stunners each feature a central pear-shaped diamond surrounded by almost 50 smaller diamonds.
According to Today Show blog, The Windsor Knot, the diamond drop earrings were the “something borrowed” worn by Diana to marry Charles and were seen in all their glory when the couple kissed on the Buckingham Palace balcony 30 years ago (they were owned by Diana’s mother, Frances Shand Kydd, who died in 2004).
The priceless jewels were flown back from America, where they were featured in the exhibition Diana: A Celebration. Now at Union Station museum and gallery in Kansas City, the display also includes the late princess’s wedding dress and other items from her life.
While all of the Spencer family, including Diana’s other sister Lady Jane Fellowes and brother Earl Spencer, will be attending – royal watchers were shocked to learn that none of them will play a visible role in the ceremony.
A snub of royal porportions? Or a tasteful way to make the day just about William and Kate? I’m going with the latter. Let’s not rub salt in old wounds.