Have crown, will travel

OPULENCE • The Journal • Nov 17

 
 

Royal travels are rarely simple, spontaneous affairs.

Did you know that the Queen’s travelling retinue runs to 34 people? This includes staff from the Master of the Household department, her private secretary and his deputy, a secretary for each of those secretaries, two secretaries for the Duke, two dressers, a hairdresser, a valet, two ladies-in-waiting, an equerry for military liaison, press officers, eight police bodyguards and the Foreign Secretary and his or her staff.

Top of the packing list for any royal trip is clothing, jewellery, an entire mobile office and the Duke’s medals for royal engagements. Not forgetting dozens of boxes and cases, and possibly 30 outfits hanging in protective sleeves.

So, rather a lot of excess baggage!

Yet compared to another well-known Elizabeth, this is travelling light.

Queen Elizabeth 1st was known for her royal outings. Every summer, to escape the London heat, she made excursions around England to show off her wealth, authority and power. A shrewd and image-conscious woman, there was no let up in the glamour stakes.

Elizabeth’s travel wardrobe consisted of hundreds of gowns of rich fabrics, amongst them cloths of gold and velvets, furs of ermine and sable and spectacular ruffs.

In her jewellery cases would have been a selection of stunning pieces from her 600-strong collection: gemstone lockets, strands of pearls, earrings, gold medallions, jewelled pomanders, chains and brooches, rings of sapphire, diamonds and rubies – essential accoutrements for every engagement, whether in noblemen’s castles or at street pageants.

The travelling royal procession would have needed hundreds of carts to carry it all.

Now, inspired by the Golden Age and the iconic Elizabeth 1st, yet fit for the savvy, modern woman, Stow brings you the luxurious Elizabeth Jewellery Storage Gift Set: simply perfect for stately travel.

This large, luxury, leather jewellery case would, we like to think, have been a favourite of Elizabeth 1st. With a butter-soft goat-suede lining in sumptuous colours of tea-green, flamingo pink or dove grey, it would certainly have set any peasant’s eyes agog.

The case can hold a variety of pieces, and you can rest assured they will be protected from the wear and tear of travel.

As a nod to Elizabeth 1st as one of the first women to wear a wrist-watch (possibly a gift from her lover, Dudley!) two watch roll cylinders are included.

“The new Elizabeth Gift Set, inspired by royalty, brings the Golden Age back to travelling.”

 

The jewellery and ring boxes are designed for optimum storage – ideal for summer voyages as well as busy, working schedules that nowadays run from breakfast meetings to client cocktails. Compartments mean that each piece of jewellery can be reached at a moment’s notice. No very un-royal rummaging around in the bottom of a case.

Snugly fitting inside the grand outer leather case are two separate, smaller cases. One is the popular Hester Jewellery Case with new removable suede pouch. This can easily be placed inside a slim clutch, so even spontaneous moments can be glittering. The other is the Jeanne Ring Box with removable, magnetic ring cushion: perfect for storing a ring and a pair of earrings or charms, or alternatively, when removed, as a precious small trinket box.

The whole ensemble is flexible enough to be used in a variety of ways, yet compact enough to sit in a suitcase. But the crowning glory of the Elizabeth Gift Set is the aura it radiates sitting on a dressing table at home or perhaps in a luxurious hotel.

The new Elizabeth Gift Set, inspired by royalty, brings the Golden Age back to travelling.

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OPULENCE • The Journal • Nov 17

 
 

Royal travels are rarely simple, spontaneous affairs.

Did you know that the Queen’s travelling retinue runs to 34 people? This includes staff from the Master of the Household department, her private secretary and his deputy, a secretary for each of those secretaries, two secretaries for the Duke, two dressers, a hairdresser, a valet, two ladies-in-waiting, an equerry for military liaison, press officers, eight police bodyguards and the Foreign Secretary and his or her staff.

Top of the packing list for any royal trip is clothing, jewellery, an entire mobile office and the Duke’s medals for royal engagements. Not forgetting dozens of boxes and cases, and possibly 30 outfits hanging in protective sleeves.

So, rather a lot of excess baggage!

Yet compared to another well-known Elizabeth, this is travelling light.

Queen Elizabeth 1st was known for her royal outings. Every summer, to escape the London heat, she made excursions around England to show off her wealth, authority and power. A shrewd and image-conscious woman, there was no let up in the glamour stakes.

Elizabeth’s travel wardrobe consisted of hundreds of gowns of rich fabrics, amongst them cloths of gold and velvets, furs of ermine and sable and spectacular ruffs.

In her jewellery cases would have been a selection of stunning pieces from her 600-strong collection: gemstone lockets, strands of pearls, earrings, gold medallions, jewelled pomanders, chains and brooches, rings of sapphire, diamonds and rubies – essential accoutrements for every engagement, whether in noblemen’s castles or at street pageants.

The travelling royal procession would have needed hundreds of carts to carry it all.

Now, inspired by the Golden Age and the iconic Elizabeth 1st, yet fit for the savvy, modern woman, Stow brings you the luxurious Elizabeth Jewellery Storage Gift Set: simply perfect for stately travel.

This large, luxury, leather jewellery case would, we like to think, have been a favourite of Elizabeth 1st. With a butter-soft goat-suede lining in sumptuous colours of tea-green, flamingo pink or dove grey, it would certainly have set any peasant’s eyes agog.

The case can hold a variety of pieces, and you can rest assured they will be protected from the wear and tear of travel.

As a nod to Elizabeth 1st as one of the first women to wear a wrist-watch (possibly a gift from her lover, Dudley!) two watch roll cylinders are included.

“The new Elizabeth Gift Set, inspired by royalty, brings the Golden Age back to travelling.”

 

The jewellery and ring boxes are designed for optimum storage – ideal for summer voyages as well as busy, working schedules that nowadays run from breakfast meetings to client cocktails. Compartments mean that each piece of jewellery can be reached at a moment’s notice. No very un-royal rummaging around in the bottom of a case.

Snugly fitting inside the grand outer leather case are two separate, smaller cases. One is the popular Hester Jewellery Case with new removable suede pouch. This can easily be placed inside a slim clutch, so even spontaneous moments can be glittering. The other is the Jeanne Ring Box with removable, magnetic ring cushion: perfect for storing a ring and a pair of earrings or charms, or alternatively, when removed, as a precious small trinket box.

The whole ensemble is flexible enough to be used in a variety of ways, yet compact enough to sit in a suitcase. But the crowning glory of the Elizabeth Gift Set is the aura it radiates sitting on a dressing table at home or perhaps in a luxurious hotel.

The new Elizabeth Gift Set, inspired by royalty, brings the Golden Age back to travelling.

Shop the article