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For the past nine days, we've looked at ninety pieces of jewelry worn by the Queen, but of course, there are lots of pieces that we didn't discuss. Here's a look at some of them -- specifically, ten more pieces of jewelry from the Queen Mother's bequest that the Queen hasn't worn herself.
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91. The Teck Crescent Tiara: This tiara, made of three diamond roses and twenty diamond crescents, was made using elements inherited by the Duchess of Teck from her aunt, Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester. The various elements of the tiara can still be detached and worn as individual ornaments. The Duchess of Teck bequeathed the tiara to her son, Prince Adolphus, but by 1937, it had made its way to the jewelry box of the Queen Mother. (Hugh Roberts speculates that Queen Mary was, of course, involved somehow.) While the Duchess of Teck often wore the tiara with two extra rows of diamonds at its base, today it is a simpler tiara. After inheriting it from her mother in 2002, the Queen loaned it to the Duchess of Cornwall. It hasn't been worn in public since 1939, but it was photographed for The Queen's Diamonds in 2012.
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95. Queen Alexandra's Wedding Necklace: We've already talked about two other pieces from Queen Alexandra's wedding gift parure -- the earrings and the brooch, which the Queen inherited from Queen Mary in 1953. But Mary presented the matching necklace to the Queen Mother, who wore it regularly up until her death in 2002. The diamond and pearl necklace was photographed for The Queen's Diamonds in 2012, but the Queen has not yet worn it in public (or loaned it to any other family members).
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97. The Love Trophy Collar: This intricate diamond choker necklace was made for Queen Mary in 1901, when she was still the Duchess of Cornwall and York. Its design features several symbols that represent love, including bows, quivers of arrows, and torches. Mary passed the necklace along to the Queen Mother in the 1920s or 1930s, but it wasn't really the Queen Mum's style, and she never wore it in public. Ditto the Queen, who inherited it from her mother in 2002, although she did allow the piece to be extensively photographed for The Queen's Diamonds in 2012. I'm really hoping that this piece is earmarked as a jewelry loan for the Duchess of Cambridge.
98. Queen Adelaide's Diamond Fringe: In the photo above, Queen Mary is also wearing of the oldest pieces of wearable jewelry in the royal collection -- the diamond fringe that was made in 1831 by Rundell and Bridge for Queen Adelaide, the wife of King William IV. You'll sometimes also see it referred to as the George III or Hanoverian Fringe, and people are forever confusing it with Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara. Queen Adelaide's fringe was constructed to be convertible, and various queens have worn it as a tiara, a necklace, or even a girdle ornament (see the portrait of Queen Alexandra at her coronation). In 1936, Garrard adjusted the piece to be worn specifically as a necklace by Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother). Queen Victoria designated the fringe as one of the heirlooms of the crown, but when King George VI died in 1952, this piece remained in the Queen Mother's jewelry box. She bequeathed the necklace to the Queen in 2002, and it was photographed in 2012 for The Queen's Diamonds, but it hasn't yet been worn in public.
99. The Greville Bow Brooch: Boucheron made this dramatic diamond bow brooch for Mrs. Greville around 1900. She passed it along to the Queen Mother in 1942, but she didn't wear it often -- Hugh Roberts suggests that its very large dimensions make it difficult to wear. (You can see just how big the brooch is in the photo above; it's pinned to the Queen Mum's shoulder, just peeking out over her wrap and flowers.) The Queen inherited it in 2002, and it was included in Roberts's book in 2012, but no one has worn it in public in decades.
100. The Sapphire and Diamond Fringe Earrings: Like the rest of the Queen Mother's jewels, the Queen inherited these sapphire and diamond fringe earrings in 2002. In 2015, she loaned them to her granddaughter-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, who wore them at a gala at the Victoria and Albert Museum in October 2015.