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April 9, 2015 4:22 pm  #1

Queen Elizabeth II Brooches that are Heirlooms of the Crown - by Annie

Brooches & Jewels that are classed as "Heirlooms of the Crown"  have in the UK been designated by Queen Victoria to the crown, for the use of future Queens, rather than leaving them privately where they could be sold or pass out of the main royal line of the family. Queen Adelaide didn`t formally leave her jewels to the crown like Queen Victoria but when her husband, William IV died, she did consider certain items should stay with the crown & gave them to Queen Victoria with the same purpose in mind. Queen Alexandra did not leave a formal will but did leave a detailed list of what she wanted done with her jewels but as far, as is known nothing was designated formally to the crown, except her Dagmar necklace.  Queen Mary`s way of keeping jewels in the family was to leave her most important & the bulk of her jewellery to her grandaughter, The Queen. However she did designate certain items to the Royal Collection to be kept for posterity but these items were mostly jewels, she thought historical but not very suitable for present wear.  It appears the Queen Mother also just left most of her jewels to the Queen.   This list endeavours to cover (A) all brooches left to the crown that have been worn by the Queen & (B) all brooches left to the crown but not (yet) worn by Queen Elizabeth II.

A1(a)  Kent Amethyst Brooch with pendants;  The Kent Amethyst parure belonged to Queen Victoria`s mother, The Duchess of Kent, who married as a widow to Edward Duke of Kent, King George III`s fourth son in 1817.  When she died in 1861 she left all her property to Queen Victoria.  In 1901 Q.V. left the Kent Amethysts to the Crown for the use of future Queens.
  These jewels were passed to the Queen on her accession in 1952  (although Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother sometimes wore this brooch when she was Queen)  QEII has regularly worn this brooch throughout her reign although she has only worn the whole parure two or three times.  The set is said to include three brooches (Field 1987) but it is somewhat of a mystery wether the "two brooches" the Queen wears is the same brooch with or without the pendants (there are loops to be seen on the brooch when without)  or if she wears two separate brooches.  The brooch is a large purple hexagonal-cut amethyst surrounded by a diamond sunray motif with three suspended amethyst pendants.

The Queen wearing the full parure (except the hairpins) during a State visit to Portugal in March 1985.

The Queen in Norfolk during her 40th year of Accession to the Throne on 6th February 1992.

A1(b)  Kent Amethyst Brooch without pendants.

The Queen in Canada in 2010.

The Queen visiting Hatfield House in Hertfordshire during her Diamond Jubilee year 2012. 

A2.  Queen Victoria`s Prince Albert Sapphire Wedding Brooch;
Prince Albert gave this magnificent oblong sapphire, framed with twelve large round diamonds to Queen Victoria as a wedding gift on the 9th February 1840, the day before their wedding & she wore it on her wedding dress the next day. Before her widowhood she was rarely seen without this brooch & in her will, she requested it to be "Crown property" for the use of future Queens.  Queens Alexandra, Mary & Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother) all wore this brooch.
  It came to Queen Elizabeth II on her accession in 1952. It is one of her favourite brooches & is worn quite often.

Four Queens wearing QV`s Prince Albert Sapphire Wedding brooch: 1. Queen Victoria, 2. Queen Alexandra, 3. Queen Mary, 4. Queen Elizabeth.

The Queen at a reception at Buckingham Palace in February 2014.

The Queen during a State Visit to Saudi Arabia in February 1979. 

A3.  Queen Adelaide`s Diamond Brooch.
This brooch was made by order of King William IV in 1831, as the clasp for a large pearl necklace for Queen Adelaide to wear to her coronation on 8th Sept 1831. Queen Adelaide returned this necklace with the clasp to Queen Victoria when her husband died in 1837.  It is next recorded as a brooch in Queen Victoria`s jewel inventory in 1858. As a brooch it was worn by Queen Alexandra, Queen Mary (who sometimes attached a pendant drop) & Queen Elizabeth (QM). Along with some other Crown heirlooms it passed to The Queen from her mother after the death of King George VI in 1952.
  It has six large brilliants set in a hexagon, framed by brilliant-set-fleurs-de-lis, surrounding a large diamond encircled by 12 smaller stones. (Hugh Roberts 2012)
  The Queen often wears this brooch on special occasions.

Three Queens wearing Queen Adelaide`s diamond brooch; 1. Queen Alexandra,  2. Queen Mary  3. Queen Elizabeth. (QM)

The Queen at a reception wearing Queen Adelaide`s brooch.

The Queen has worn this brooch during all of her reign;  1975 in Bermuda,  Commonwealth Observance Day in 2009,  & the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in 2012.

At the Coronation Festival evening, at Buckingham Palace in July 2013.

A4.  Queen Victoria`s Diamond Bow Brooches;
These three matching diamond brooches vary from larger to smaller & were among the jewellery made for Queen Victoria in 1858 to replace the loss of her grandmother, Queen Charlotte`s jewels to the King of Hanover after a lengthy dispute over her will.  The new brooches were made using the Queen`s own diamonds & have a much livelier outline than Queen Charlotte`s rather stiff, flat bows. 
  Queen Victoria left these brooches as heirlooms of the Crown for future Queens, they passed to Queen Alexandra in 1901 & Queen Mary in 1910, both of these Queens tended to wear all three together in a row & as each brooch has a suspension loop, they both suspended pendants from them on occasion. Queen Mary was even known to suspend the 94.4 carat Cullinan III from the top brooch! (Hugh Roberts 2012)
   They passed in 1936 to Queen Elizabeth (later Queen Mother) who tended to wear them singly as a normal brooch, as does her daughter, the Queen who inherited them in 1952 & has worn one regularly to every type of event over the years from Royal tours, the races, Christmas messages & services, funerals etc...

 Three Queens wearing Queen Victoria`s bow brooches; 1. Queen Alexandra (down the front of her skirt)  2.  Queen Mary (as a stomacher, with pendants in the centre of her bodice)  3.  Queen Elizabeth (one as normal brooch on her shoulder)

The Queen leaving hospital after a brief stay in March 2013.

The Queen at a rememberance service.

The Queen on Christmas day after church at Sandringham, Norfolk on 25th December 2013.



A5.  Queen Victoria Ears of Wheat Brooches/Hair ornaments;
King William IV commissioned a set of six diamond ears of wheat to be used as brooches or hair ornaments in 1830 for Queen Adelaide, using 580 diamonds from KIng George III`s collection, they were among the heirloom jewels handed over by Queen Adelaide to Queen Victoria in 1837.  (Three of these had to be remade in 1858 due to the King of Hanover`s successful claim against QV  for Queen Charlotte`s jewels)   All six brooches were designated by Queen Victoria as heirlooms of the crown in 1858 & 1896.  These wheat ear brooches/hair ornaments eventually passed to Queen Elizabeth II in 1952 & the Queen has worn them as hair slides in the past & in more recent years, although rarely, as a pair of brooches.  These three pairs of diamond wheat ears are naturalistically modelled as wheat ears, set with brilliants in silver & gold.  (Hugh Roberts 2012)

Queen Victoria wearing her "Ears of Wheat" brooches pinned along her neckline in 1896 when she was 78 years.

The Queen wearing Queen Victoria`s Ears of Wheat as hair slides in the 1970s.

The Queen during a Royal Tour of the Middle East in Muscat, Oman on 27th November 2010. 


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April 18, 2015 6:11 pm  #2

Re: Queen Elizabeth II Brooches that are Heirlooms of the Crown - by Annie

A6.  Queen Victoria`s Diamond Jubilee Brooch;
This brooch made of diamonds, pearls, silver & gold has a pearl centre & a detachable loop of brilliants with a pearl drop. It also has an alternative back fitting so it could be used as a pendant.  It was made by Garrard in 1897 to be given to Queen Victoria by her household, to mark her Diamond Jubilee.  Queen Victoria noted in her diary that she wore this brooch, then later designated it as an "Heirloom of the Crown". (Hugh Roberts 2012) It passed in turn to Queen Alexandra, Queen Mary & in 1936 to Queen Elizabeth, who should really have passed these heirlooms to her daughter in 1952 but just as Queen Mary complained about the difficulty in obtaining some of the crown gems from "Mother Dear" as Queen Alexandra was known, the Queen Mother kept her favourites & used them for the rest of her life. This brooch being one of those, the Queen has only had the use of this brooch since 2002. She generally wears it without the diamond chain & pearl drop for daytime events & with it for more formal occasions.

The Queen in Toronto, Canada on 5th July 2010.

Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother in 1995.

Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother at a tea party, at Smiths Lawn polo ground, after the races at Royal Ascot on 22nd June 2000.

Queen Elizabeth II arrives for the Maundy service at Derby Cathedral on the 1st April 2010 wearing the QV Diamond Jubilee brooch without the diamond chain & pearl pendant.

A7. The Cockade Brooch
This brooch is mentioned in Queen Victoria`s list of jewels to be made heirlooms of the crown as "A Cockade set with brilliants". A cockade is a hat decoration, this style was found on men`s hats around the 1700s, they were usually embroidery so who had one made in diamonds is unknown but the most likely candidate would be QV`s uncle King George IV.  Queen Victoria may have worn the centre, large star as a brooch & the whole cockade as a stomacher on a rare occasion or two. After Queen Victoria`s passing Queen Alexandra had the cockade altered so that it could be worn more easily as a brooch. It was constructed in five pieces so she kept the central element & one side piece in their original forms & the other pieces were remodelled to mirror the other side. The brooch then consisted of a large central star of eight points with diamond elements in between, this part is sometimes refered to as the "sunburst brooch".  The two side pieces have an intricate knotted design. (Menkes 1985)
   The brooch has now been worn to three coronations & used in its present form by four Queens.  Queen Alexandra wore all three parts together, including to her coronation as did Queen Mary. However Queen Mary wore it during her reign in different configurations. Queen Elizabeth recieved it from Queen Mary when she became Queen in 1936 & also wore the central "star/sunburst" on the centre of her bodice to her coronation in 1937.  The brooch was then not seen for many years until QEII wore it on her sash, for the State banquet for the President of France in 2008 & then again at the State banquet for the President of South Korea in 2013.

The first two pictures show Queen Alexandra in her Coronation gown with all 3 parts of the brooch (under all the pearls) & the last one shows her wearing the central element without side pieces.

King George IV when Prince of Wales with a cockade on his hat in the style of the one made in diamonds.

Queen Mary wearing the side elements of the Cockade brooch with what looks like a Cullinan diamond drop in the centre & then a QV diamond bow, taken in 1911.

The 1st photo has Queen Mary wearing all 3 parts of the Cockade brooch, followed by the Koh-i-nor brooch & Cullinan I (an impressive display of diamonds!)  2. Queen Mary wearing the side elements of the Cockade brooch followed by QV`s bows with pendants.  3. Queen Elizabeth wearing the central section of the Cockade brooch for her Coronationon 12th May 1937.  4. Queen Elizabeth II at the State banquet for the President of France in 2008.

Queen Elizabeth II hosting a State banquet for the President of France in March 2008.

A8.  Queen Victoria`s Three Pendant Pearl Brooch;
This brooch is mentioned in QV`s list of heirlooms for the crown as "a brooch of diamonds & pearls, with three pendant pearls".  At this stage I can`t find any  reliable information as to where Queen Victoria aquired this very attractive brooch but she must have thought highly of it, to make it an heirloom of the crown.  There doesn`t seem to be any photographs of Queen Alexandra or Queen Mary wearing it, maybe it didn`t suit their taste at the time. However in 1936 when Queen Mary showed the new Queen Elizabeth, all the "heirlooms of the crown" jewels in her care & asked her to choose what she wanted to wear, she was happy to have this brooch, which became a firm favourite & along with a few other crown jewels, was not returned to he daughter on  her accession in 1952.  The Queen Mother used this brooch until the end of her life in 2002 so Queen Elizabeth II has had the use of it since that time.  However she only chose to debut it in public, in her Christmas broadcast for 2009.  Since then she has gradually started to wear it more often & it has had quite a few recent outings.  The brooch is diamond shaped, with a delicate diamond  design set with seven round pearls & one larger more oval pearl in the centre, from the diamond frame three more pearls are suspended, the centre one being larger and more pear-shaped.

Queen Victoria wearing her brooch with three pendant pearls in 1887.

Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother in December 1998.

The Queen Mother wearing the QV Three Pendant Pearl brooch with the Queen wearing one of Queen Victoria`s Bow brooches at Diana, Princess of Wales funeral on 6th September 1997.

The Queen delivering her Christmas message in December 2009.

The Queen attending a service at St Pauls Cathedral in March 2015.

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April 18, 2015 9:35 pm  #3

Re: Queen Elizabeth II Brooches that are Heirlooms of the Crown - by Annie

A9.  Queen Victoria`s Bar Brooch;

I am not sure if this brooch is the last of Queen Victoria`s "heirloom of the crown" brooches worn by QEII or the 1st one, not yet worn by the Queen?  Either way it is one of the most used of these heirloom brooches. Queen Victoria considered it part of her Garter Order Insignia & it was probably made at the time she had new Stars made for her Orders in about 1838. Originally it was two brooches of five round collet diamonds each, set in gold & silver. Queen Victoria used to wear them a few inches apart to hold her Garter sash in place, later in her reign she decided to have them joined together as one brooch of 10 diamonds.
   Queen Alexandra used this brooch after Queen Victoria but Queen Mary aquired another 14 stone bar brooch, probably because she needed one when Queen Alexandra was still using QV`s brooch.  Queen Elizabeth used the brooch soon after she became Queen & then continued to use it for the rest of her life.
The present Queen came into possession of it in 2002 after the death of the Queen Mother.

Queen Victoria in 1845, (painting by Alexander Melville) wearing the two separate bar brooches as well as Prince Alberts Sapphire Wedding brooch.

1.The bar brooch being worn by Queen Victoria, as two brooches, 2. then later as a single brooch for her Golden Jubilee photo in 1887. 3. Queen Alexandra wears it on her shoulder in the next photo & 4. Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother has her Garter sash secured with it in the last photo taken by Norman Parkinson in 1975 while getting ready for her 75th birthday.

Queen Alexandra wearing the brooch on her shoulder going the oposite way to the other photo.

Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother in 1965 portrait by Cecil Beaton.

A10.  The Crown Ruby Brooch;
In the list of Queen Victoria`s heirlooms of the crown, this brooch is listed under "opals", a suite of opal brooch & earrings designed by the Prince Consort. The opals (which were apparently fire opals, are still in the Royal Collection) they were replaced in this brooch by rubies in 1926. Whereas the opals in the matching necklace & earrings were replaced by Queen Alexandra in 1902 with rubies that were presented to Edward VII, when Prince of Wales on his tour of India in 1875/6, by Sir Jung Bahadore of Nepal. Queen Alexandra considered opals unlucky. This brooch was worn by Queen Victoria before she was widowed, with the opals, then by Queen Mary but Queen Elizabeth took charge of the ruby oriental tiara, necklace earrings & brooch when she became Queen in 1936 & continued to wear the parure for the rest of her life.
They were returned to QEII in 2002 & although she has worn the tiara, necklace & earrings, she has not yet worn the brooch at a photographed event.  I am happy to say I can now edit this report, to say The Queen wore the Crown Ruby brooch to Royal Ascot this week 16th June 2015 & it did look magnificent. Then again soon after at the State banquet in Berlin during the German visit in June 2015.  The brooch has an oval ruby framed in diamonds that sits horizontal with a drop-shaped ruby also framed in diamonds suspended below. (Information re opals etc.. Menkes 1985)

Queen Victoria wearing the brooch set with opals.

A portrait of Queen Mary wearing the "Crown Ruby" brooch.

Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother in 1969.

Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother at Covent Garden in London.

A painting of Queen Elizabeth, (later The Queen Mother) by Sir Gerald Kelly in 1938 wearing the Crown Ruby brooch on her sash. This is a famous portrait in the National Portrait Gallery.

The Queen at Royal Ascot races on Day 1 16th June 2015.

The Queen in Berlin during the State visit to Germany on 24th June 2015.

B1.  Queen Victoria`s Cairngorm Celtic Plaid Brooch;
Prince Albert & Queen Victoria on their last day of a visit to Balmoral in September 1848 decided they wanted to climb the highest peak near the estate, known as "Lochnager". The weather was inclement with heavy mists, the Queen rode a pony while Prince Albert walked, before they reached the sumit, the Queen`s advisors (following at a little distance) insisted she go no further but Prince Albert was determined to make it to the top, which he did and while up there, he found a lovely piece of cairngorm. Cairngorm is a type of smokey quartz, often found in the Scottish Highland mountain range the Cairngorms but it also occurs randomly around Scotland. When they returned to London the Prince had the stone cut & set in gold in the style of a Celtic ring or Plaid brooch. It is set in a wide gold frame decorated with enamel, seed pearls & garnets. He presented the brooch to Queen Victoria on 21st November 1848 as a souvenir of their trip, as well as marking their daughter Victoria`s 1st birthday. It is engraved on the reverse "Loch na Garr" 27th Sept 1848.  Later the Queen left this brooch as an heirloom of the crown.
  Although it doesn`t seem as if other Queens have worn it yet. It probably did not go with the styles of Queens Alexandra & Mary but I would have thought, The Queen Mother with her Scottish heritage might have worn it. QEII has worn another cairngorm brooch similar to one purchased by Prince Albert, to wear with his own Scots outfit which he often wore while in Scotland. The Queen wore a brooch of this style to Open the Scottish Parliament in July 1999.

Queen Victoria`s Cairngorm Plaid Brooch from Loch na Garr.

Queen Victoria possibly wearing the Cairngorm Plaid brooch on her tartan.

The Queen Opening the 1st Scottish Parliament in about 300 years in July 1999 wearing a brooch similar to Prince Albert`s cairngorm & silver plaid brooch.

Prince Albert`s cairngorm & silver plaid brooch.

B2.  Queen Victoria`s Irish Shawl Pin brooch;
This brooch and another one in a similar style were bought in Dublin, Ireland in August 1849 by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria.  The brooch is silver & modelled on an antique Irish brooch that is a varient of the Ogham Brooch, a C9 piece from Ballyspellan which is engraved with celtic knotwork. The cabochon garnets are a C19 enrichment, the original having silver beads. Prince Albert presented this brooch to Queen Victoria for christmas of 1849 & she later designated it as an heirloom of the crown.

Queen Victoria`s Irish Shawl Pin.


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April 19, 2015 4:05 pm  #4

Re: Queen Elizabeth II Brooches that are Heirlooms of the Crown - by Annie

B3.  Queen Victoria`s Cats-Eye Chrysoberyl Brooch;
This large, round Cats-Eye brooch set in a diamond frame was presented to Queen Victoria in 1886, it came from the Kingdom of Kandy which is an area in central Sri Lanka.  Ceylon as it used to be called was a very prolific island for the production of gemstones, producing a variety of precious, obscure, rare & more common gems, almost unprecedented in the world.  The last King of Kandy was deposed in 1815 & the island was incorporated into the British Empire, when George III became the monarch of British Ceylon. It is believed this brooch, one of the largest "cats-eyes" in the world weighing 313 carats once belonged to the Kandy Royal family. The Ceylon chrysoberyl when polished as a cabochon, displays a narrow band of concentrated light, going  accross the width of the stone, forming an unusual & rare gem.

A black & white picture of Queen Victoria`s Cats-Eye brooch.

A picture of the largest Cats-Eye Chrysoberyl in the world (465 carats), also found & owned in Sri Lanka, it is called "The Eye of the Lion". An animal that featured on the old Kingdom of Kandy flag & is now incorporated in the modern flag of Sri Lanka.

The large round brooch worn by Queen Victoria in this picture looks like it could be her "Cats Eye" brooch.

B4.  Queen Victoria`s  Prince of Wales Feathers and Gold Coronet Brooch;
Prince Albert had this brooch made as a gift for Queen Victoria to celebrate the birth of  Edward the Prince of Wales on 9th November 1841.  It is designed as a crown with rubies & emeralds around the base, some round pearls on the top part of the crown, in the crosses & on the fleur de lys.  Out of the crown are three gold feathers, enamelled in white & below the crown is a blue enamelled ribbon, with the Prince of Wales motto "Ich Dien". The all gold back of the brooch is engraved From ALBERT Feb 10 1842, the day Prince Albert gave her the brooch. The brooch now in the Royal Collection, was left by QV as an heirloom of the crown.

Queen Victoria`s Prince of Wales Feathers brooch.             (Royal Collection)

B5.  Queen Victoria`s "Alliance Flag" brooch;
This brooch was a gift from Prince Albert to Queen Victoria in 1855. It was made by John Linnit  to celebrate the British alliance with France & Turkey in the Crimean war. It features the crossed flags of Britain & France, with a central staff topped by a diamond crescent, gold ball, a central diamond-set star & crescent with an emerald-set laurel wreath & has an enamelled ribbon below. It is made of silver, gold, rubies, sapphires, diamonds, emeralds & enamel. It was included in Queen Victoria`s heirlooms of the crown as "Turkish crescent in diamonds, rubies and sapphires with Crimean ribbon" & is now part of the Royal Collection.

Queen Victoria`s Alliance Flag Brooch it is about 3 inches x 2 inches.   (Royal Collection)

B6. This brooch depicts Queen Victoria & Prince Albert`s firstborn, Victoria, The Princess Royal, later Empress of Germany. (1840-1901)  Prince Albert designed the brooch & had it made for Queen Victoria as a Christmas present in 1841. Apparently it was inspired by a cherub in a painting by Raphael in Dresden. When Queen Victoria received it she declared "The workmanship and design are exquisite and dear Albert was so pleased at my delight over it, its having being entirely his own idea and taste." A miniature painting by Ross, from a copy of one by William Essex was cut up & enamelled on gold, then bejewelled wings were mounted on the shoulders, made from diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, rubies & topazes. In her hand she is clutching a string of pearls from which hangs a real diamond & ruby cross. Sometime after Prince Alberts death, QV gave this brooch to her daughter, The Princess Royal. Later when Empress of Germany, she explained the brooch`s history "Papa gave it to Mama and she always wore it on my birthday." Included with her note is a little drawing & instructions as to its disposal; "This brooch was given to me by my beloved Mama at Windsor, she had worn it a great deal. I should like it left to the Crown of England." Hence making the brooch an heirloom of the crown & it is now part of "The Royal Collection."

Queen Victoria`s brooch depicting her daughter Victoria, The Princess Royal as a baby.


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April 19, 2015 4:06 pm  #5

Re: Queen Elizabeth II Brooches that are Heirlooms of the Crown - by Annie

I have exhausted all brooches I can find left as "Heirlooms of the Crown" except for two from the list in Menkes 1985 book, the source for her list being the Twining Papers, Goldsmith`s Hall Library & The Royal Library at Windsor.
These I can`t identify with any degree of certainty but I thought if I mention them, one of the very knowledgeable people that read these lists might have a clue, photo or some idea? Any way I would love to hear from anyone who can help!

Listed under brooches is a "Ruby pendant set in brilliants with diamond pendant and drop." (The other ruby brooch worn by the Queen Mother was listed under Queen Victoria`s Opals & said the opals were replaced by rubies in 1926.)  The only picture I can find that could be it, is a brooch worn by Queen Victoria in her younger years, but I can`t see any pictures of subsequent Queens wearing it.  Queen Victoria gave her Diamond & Ruby, Strawberry Tiara along with a bracelet (I think the one in this picture)& maybe other ruby jewels to her youngest daughter, Princess Beatrice on her marriage in 1885.

Queen Victoria wearing a ruby brooch, maybe this one?

Another picture showing the same brooch.

The other brooch also listed under brooches just says "Oval brooch with diamond border"  I have thought of two ideas for this one so will just give you my ideas & maybe someone would know for sure or have another idea or two?
(a) Queen Victoria was given for her Diamond Jubilee, an oval diamond cluster brooch, it in her journals described as " a beautiful diamond brooch of very great brilliance, the very large and white diamond central stone being a veritible little, mountain of light, encircled by a row of smaller diamonds & mounted to show no setting. The brooch was designed and manufactured by Messr. Carrington & Co."  This brooch has an inscription on the velvet case revealing the donors; "The Queen`s Diamond Jubilee, 1837 - 1897. From her loving child and children Alexandra, George & May, Louise & Fife, Victoria, Maud & Charles." In other words the Princess of Wales (later Queen Alexandra) & her children with their spouses.
It is not certain to me what happened to this brooch but I have heard that it is the clasp on the pearls now worn by QEII we call the Hanovarian pearls.

Queen Elizabeth II Opening Parliament in 2010.

QEII the same day 2010

(b)  The other idea that popped up while I was looking in the Royal Collection site is described as an oval brooch with diamond frame, the centre of the oval being a miniature watercolour painting of Princess Charlotte of Wales, when a baby. My first thought was "well not really a QV heirloom" but it turns out that this miniature was given to Queen Victoria by Philip, Count of Flanders after the death of his father, who happened to be Queen Victoria`s favourite uncle (her mother`s youngest brother). He was Leopold of Sax-Coburg-Saalfield (1790 - 1865) whose first wife was Princess Charlotte of Wales (who would have been Queen of Britain, if she hadn`t died in childbirth before her father, later King George IV), after that he became King Leopold I of the Belgians & had alot to do with getting QV to marry his nephew Prince Albert.

Queen Victoria`s Oval brooch, made of gold & framed with 32 diamonds, containing a miniature watercolour of Princess Charlotte of Wales (1796 - 1817) when a baby. This brooch is now in the Royal Collection.


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