14 May 2020

Tournament of Brooches: Queen Mary's Richmond vs Queen Mary's Turquoise

This match-up is a contest between two of Queen Mary's wedding gifts...

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Queen Mary's Richmond Brooch vs. Queen Mary's Turquoise Brooch

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This diamond and pearl brooch was given to Queen Mary as a wedding present in 1893 by the town of Richmond, where she spent much of her childhood. The brooch, made by Hunt and Roskell, can be worn with or without a pearl pendant drop. The Queen inherited it in 1953, and she's worn it occasionally in the decades since. Her most prominent recent appearance in the brooch was the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in May 2018.

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This Victorian brooch was a wedding gift from King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra to Queen Mary in 1893. The diamond and turquoise brooch was later inherited by the present Queen, though she only began wearing it frequently in recent years. She most famously wore it for a public broadcast to the nation in the spring of 2020.

More brooches coming your way this afternoon!