02 June 2020

Tournament of Brooches: Albert vs Queen Alexandra's Wedding

Will Victoria and Albert or Bertie and Alexandra win this round???

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Prince Albert's Brooch vs. Queen Alexandra's Wedding Brooch

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In 1840, Prince Albert presented Queen Victoria with this gorgeous sapphire and diamond cluster brooch on the night before her wedding. She pinned it to her wedding gown the next day, and it's been with the main line of the royal family ever since. The Queen received this brooch with the rest of the crown heirloom collection in 1952 when she ascended to the throne, and she wears it regularly.

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This antique brooch, made as part of a larger parure by Garrard in 1862, was one of King Edward VII's wedding gifts to his wife, Queen Alexandra. She wore the brooch on her wedding day, and continued to wear it for the rest of her life. She bequeathed the brooch to Queen Mary, who in turn left it to the Queen in 1953. The Queen wears it now occasionally, especially for important occasions and evening events (like the annual Festival of Remembrance).

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