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Re: An interesting but ultimately misguided view…
But who will own the jewels given to Camilla for example given by the middle-east ruiler such as the 2 rubi Parues. As i understand it as long as she lives they are owned by her but will go to the State after she passes. But to the royal collection or some other body i don't know.
As i understand this will not be the case for the jewles given to the Queen as most of them were given to before that was changed.
Hi Franck, virtually all the jewels worn by the Queen are personally owned i.e. are entirely separate to the Royal Collection which mainly consists of art and furniture and which there is an ambiguity over ownership. The bulk of her collection came to her from Queen Mary.
There is then the Crown items designated by Queen Victoria. Queen Victoria intended these to be worn by future Queens but I am not clear whether she added any criteria as to whether they are owned by the state. I find that unlikely.
I take your point about the jewels in the Louvre, although arguably one can compare that to the Crown Jewels on permanent display in the Tower of London. Each summer, many major items of the Queen's privately owned jewels are on display at Buckingham Palace in the ballroom. I visited back in 2017 and the Girls of Great Britain tiara and the Cullinan were on display.
My earlier comment about museums typically putting the same small number of high profile items on display to maximise interest is probably still relevant - the average person visiting Buckingham Palace wants to see the tiara the Queen wears on the money or that big diamond she is sometimes spotted wearing. Buckingham Palace organisers may take the view that very few people want to see a tiara that no one has worn for 70 plus years.
As for releasing items about personal jewels, I cannot say why the Palace is reluctant to comment. Lets be fair though they have cooperated with a number of authors over the years but yes there are still mysteries. However I must say that is the Queen's prerogative, she is not compelled to release details about her personal property anymore than you or I.