When you start a series on the jewels of the Greville Bequest, there’s really nowhere else to begin but this sparkling signature jewel: the Greville Tiara.
Today marks the 122nd anniversary of the birth of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, one of the most important royal figures of the 20th century. To celebrate, we’re devoting the month of August to a survey of her most important private jewelry collection: the Greville Bequest. But first, today we’re looking at the unlikely friendship between Dame Margaret Greville and the royal family, and the way that the jewels made their way from Polesden Lacey to Buckingham Palace.
The British royals have been in sport mode recently, watching lots of the action at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Here’s a look at some of the jewelry pieces we’ve seen at the competitions over the past week.