The Queen’s Jewellery: Queen Alexandra’s pearl wedding brooch

The brooch that is part of Queen Alexandra’s wedding parure features three large pearls surrounded by diamonds, with three pendants of diamond and drop pearls. The centre of the brooch (the largest pearl) and the drops are detachable, making three separate pieces.

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Edward VII gave this to his fiancée, Alexandra for their wedding in 1863. It is part of a parure – a set – including a tiara, necklace and earrings, and you see Queen Mary wearing the brooch in this picture. The Queen is not seen in the brooch often, but the earrings make regular appearances (more on those in another post) and The Queen Mother was fond of the necklace.

Order of Splendour notes that The Queen wore it until 1972 on a State Visit to France (below), and then it disappeared for some three decades, reappearing in 2014.

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