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April 12, 2016 11:02 am  #1


TBF-QM-42 Queen Mary’s Diamond Bangles

42. Queen Mary’s Diamond Bangles

   It has been incorrectly reported by Field that the Maharajah of Bikaner presented these diamond bangles to Queen Mary in 1907.[1] It has also been incorrectly reported that these two bangles clip together.[2] These bangles, which are “each set with 39 brilliants, the gold sides finely engraved”,[3] are likely to be of Indian manufacture.[4] It can be revealed that they were in fact presented to Queen Mary as a wedding gift in 1893 from the Bombay Presidency, together with ‘Queen Mary’s Bombay Diamond Solitaire Earrings’,[5] on behalf of a committee chaired by Lady Harris.[6]

   Queen Mary was photographed wearing them occasionally,[7] and in turn she presented them to The Queen as a wedding present in 1947; and they were described in the list of wedding presents as “two bracelets, diamond all round. Indian bangles”.[8]

1. Field, The Queen’s Jewels, p. 82
2. Young, The Queen’s Jewellery, pl. 35; Field, The Queen’s Jewels, p. 82
3. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 153
4. Ibid., p. 153
5. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 153; RA JEWEL/GARRARD/QM, fol. 4, no. 18;
RA QM/PRIV/CC93, pl. 8, no. 5  7
6. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 153; Bombay Gazette, 12 July 1893
7. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 153 (RCIN 2808230)
8. Marriage of HRH The Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, p. viii
 

 

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