|Queen Elizabeth II wears Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee Necklace (Photo: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)|
|Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee procession (Image: Wikimedia Commons)|
|Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee portrait by Bassano, ca. 1887 (Image: Wikimedia Commons)|
But the committee ended up raising too much money -- we're talking about 70,000 pounds too much! -- and that inevitably led to problems. The Queen wanted the excess funds to be donated to a charity of her choice, and the committee agreed. But some members within the Women's Jubilee Offering ranks had decided that some of this extra money should be used to give the Queen a piece of jewelry. The Queen also loved that idea, and the committee was split over whether to give all or some of the extra money to charity.
|W.E. Lockhart's painting of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee thanksgiving service at Westminster Abbey (Image: Wikimedia Commons)|
And then, once the jewelry gift was essentially approved, the committee and the Queen couldn't agree upon exactly what kind of jewel should be presented. Initially, some committee members wanted to present her with a pearl necklace from Garrard, but that was vetoed because of the excessive cost. (The Marquess of Salisbury moaned that this "pearl necklace affair" was likely to be just as messy as the one that Marie Antoinette found herself involved in, which seems pretty hyperbolic, but what do I know?) The suggestion of a diamond badge that was connected to the Queen's chosen charitable fund (the St. Katherine's Fund for Nurses) was shot down by the Queen herself, who even said she'd trade in the badge for another piece of jewelry if it was given to her!
|Queen Victoria photographed in the necklace by W.D. Downey, ca. 1897|
|Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee necklace, worn by Queen Elizabeth II (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)|
|Photo: STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images|