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Queen Elizabeth inherited the brooch from Queen Mary in 1953 and has worn it occasionally, either with or without the pearl drop – for example, at the Opening of the New South Wales Parliament in 1954,for the Audience with Pope John Paul II in 2000, and during the Golden Jubilee visit to New Zealand in 2002, as well as on the funeral of Prince Philip in 2021.
The wedding gift from the Inhabidents of Richmond to the new Princess Victoria Mary of Teck, Duchess of York, later Queen Mary.
Of pierced and scrolled outline, pavé-set with brilliants, with a detachable oval pearl and brilliant centre, and a detachable pavé-set pearl pendant; 2 with suspension loop at the top for use as a pendant, and with two loops at the bottom for additional pendants.
This large and dramatic jewel was given to Princess Victoria Mary of Teck by the town of Richmond, to mark her wedding to the Duke of York.
In 1897, the Duchess of York, later Queen Mary, wore it as a pendant to her pearl necklace, together with the Kensington and Dorset Bow Brooches at the Devonshire House Ball.
Sources: The Graphic,Royal Wedding Numberl; Daily News, 1893; Queens Diamonds;, Royal Collection;QMJI 1893–1953;
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