Queen’s jewelry collection was ‘opulent’ – once traded for a necklace at Duty Free

ByThomas J. Pawlak

Sep 13, 2022

Queen Elizabeth died aged 96 on September 8. His former assistant private secretary, Sam Cohen, confided in his “fantastic sense of humor”.

Mr Cohen said: “As we know, she had a fantastic sense of humor and was a great impersonator, but her sense of the ridiculous was also finely tuned. She and the Duke of Edinburgh thought it was hilarious when things weren’t going according to the commitments plan,” he told the Telegraph.

One thing most Britons love when traveling is browsing or shopping in Duty Free, the airport trade lounges.

The queen was reportedly very curious about the normal things she never experienced as a monarch.

This included tax-free purchases while on the go.

Mr Cohen spoke of an experience when the late monarch visited Australia.

The plane stopped in Singapore where “silks” were brought to the VIP lounge so Queen Elizabeth could “go shopping” with her personal dresser, Angela Kelly, the insider claimed.

He added: “In 2002, she decided she wanted to venture into the chaotic Duty Free Mall at Changi Airport.

“She was absolutely thrilled that no one recognized her and found it hysterical when shop owners started to bargain furiously with her. ‘Madam – do you like that necklace?’


“She bought some trinkets and a crowd started to gather as people who had first thought they had to see things slowly realized it was her.

“Prince Philip, meanwhile, was in the novelty shop across the street, trying on glasses with glowing eyeballs, completely unaware of the hubbub,” Mr Cohen continued.

The Queen owned some of the most fantastic necklaces.

The most expensive piece of jewelry in Her Majesty’s collection was the Nizam of Hyderabad necklace.

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The necklace was even worn by Kate, Princess of Wales when she became a member of the Royal Family.

Charlotte White, head of design at 77 Diamonds, Europe’s largest online diamond jeweller, spoke to Express.co.uk about the extravagant necklace.

She said: “It’s a beautifully opulent creation that saw Kate Middleton positively dripping in diamonds.

“Only the pendant section, which is detachable, incorporates 13 emerald-cut diamonds.”