It is said that, unlike other Royal Families, the Spanish Royal Family is not specifically one that has a large collection of jewels, and those that do have are not called Crown jewels, that is, they belong to the Institution . The vast majority of jewelry owned by the current Kings are private property.
However, it is true that they have a small set of jewels, known as “passing jewels” reserved exclusively for the use of the Spanish Queens, of an incomparable economic and historical value, capable of positioning the House in the foreground Real in the field of high jewelry.
The queen's will
The origin of the collection of “jewels to pass” dates back to 1963 when Queen Victoria Eugenia, wife of Alfonso XIII, when making her will, indicated, by hand, which jewels had to pass from Queen to Queen.
The testament begins like this "Given in Lausanne, on June 29, 1963. I, Mrs. Victoria Eugenia de Battenberg and Windsor, Queen who went to Spain because of my marriage to King Alfonso XIII, from whose link four children survived, called Don Jaime, Don Juan, Doña Beatriz and Doña Cristina, by the present will holograph I order my last will according to the following clauses… ”.
Followed by this, in two more codicils, also holographs and written on paper specified what he wanted the fate of his most important jewels to be, the "relics of the crown", that is, the "jewels of passing", an expression that was previously coined by the Countess of Barcelona, ??Mrs. María de las Mercedes de Borbón y Orleans, the first to receive the jewels.
In it you can read the following: “The jewels I received in usufruct from King Don Alfonso XIII and from Infanta Isabel herself, which are: a diadem of diamonds with three fleurs-de-lis, the largest necklace of chatons, the necklace with thirty-seven large pearls, a brilliant brooch from which hangs a pear-shaped pearl called “La Peregrina”, a pair of earrings with a thick brilliant and brilliants around it, two equal bracelets of brilliants, four large strands of pearls, a brooch with a large pale gray pearl surrounded by diamonds and from which a pear-shaped pearl hangs, all of them, I wish, if possible, were awarded to my son Don Juan, begging him to transmit them to my grandson Don Juan Carlos . The rest of my jewelry, to be distributed between my two daughters. ”
And so, by express mandate, and as the Queen indicated in her day, in 1975, after the proclamation of Juan Carlos as King of Spain, the jewels of passing became part of Doña Sofía. Later, in 2014, after the new appointment of King to Don Felipe, it is now Mrs. Letizia who presumes to have them in her possession.
The jewels of passing
More than five years have passed since the beginning of Don Felipe's reign, and although at first it seems that Doña Letizia resisted opening the jeweler, she has known how to take advantage of her "inheritance" because she has already worn almost all the jewelry, Except for the chaton necklace, which, it is said, is being reserved for a special moment.
Let's see some of them: