|King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra at the Opening of Parliament, ca. 1910|
"Almost Outshone Queen"
(originally appeared in the Washington Post on 21 Feb 1909)
The American Countess Granard  made her debut publicly at the opening of parliament on Tuesday. All the peeresses who were present in the gilded chamber of the House of Lords were eager to see her. She shared the peeresses' attention with the Queen, and was thoroughly stared at by the wives and daughters of the various lords.
|Queen Alexandra wears the Cullinan I and II Diamonds at the State Opening of Parliament in 1910|
|Beatrice Forbes, Countess of Granard, ca. 1909 (Wikimedia Commons)|
|Alexandra wears the Cullinans to Parliament in the following year, 1910|
1. Beatrice Forbes, Countess of Granard (1883-1972), nee Beatrice Mills. She was a daughter of the American financier Ogden Mills; the family was very involved in the world of Thoroughbred racing. Beatrice married Bernard Forbes, 8th Earl of Granard in January 1909. Lord Granard was Master of the Horse in 1909, which means that he was a key part of the ceremonies for the State Opening of Parliament.
2. Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom (1844-1925), born Princess Alexandra of Denmark. She was the wife and queen consort of King Edward VII.
3. Read more about the magnificent Cullinan Diamond over here.