22 April 2020

Tournament of Brooches: Dorset Bow vs Queen Victoria's Pearl and Diamond

This morning's contest is a Queen Mary vs. Queen Victoria showdown!

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The Dorset Bow Brooch vs. Queen Victoria's Pearl and Diamond Brooch

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Made by Carrington in 1893, this substantial diamond bow brooch was Queen Mary's wedding gift from the County of Dorset. In turn, Mary gave it to her granddaughter, the present Queen, as a wedding gift in 1947. It's been one of the Queen's most-worn brooches ever since, witnessing more than seven decades of royal history.

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This intricate brooch features diamonds and eleven pearls. The piece originally belonged to Queen Victoria, who designated it as an heirloom of the crown. It was a great favorite of the Queen Mother, and in more recent years, it's been worn with increasing frequency by the Queen, appearing in two recent Christmas broadcasts.

More brooch action coming your way later today!