From the Town of Richmond Diamond Pearl Brooch| Present Royal Wedding Gifts| Royal Jewels Queen Mary England
The wedding gift from the Townspeople of Richmond to the new Duchess of York.
Diamond and Pearl Pendant from the People of Richmond, a diamond jeweled pendant with a pearshaped large pearl. The Mayor of Richmond (Alderman Charles Burt), accompanied by several his colleagues on the executive committee, presented the handsome diamond brooch, with pearl pendant, costing £500, which has been subscribed for by residents in the borough of Richmond and made by Hunt and Roskell.
Of pierced and scrolled outline, pavé-set with brilliants, with a detachable oval pearl and brilliant centre, and a detachable pavé-set pearl pendant; 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.
The gift also reflected the Teck family’s close association with Richmond, arising from their long residence at White Lodge in Richmond Park, the house to which the Duke and
Duchess of Teck had moved in 1870, when the Princess was three years old. The month after her wedding, staying with Queen Victoria at Osborne, the new Duchess
of York tried out a number of her wedding jewels. She wear in her hair on the third evening of her visit, as she reported enthusiastically to her mother.
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.
The Queen 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 pearl was used on the Lover’s Knot Tiara in 1913 and presumably replaced when this tiara was altered in 1932.
Sources: The Graphic,Royal Wedding Numberl; Daily News, 1893; The Sketch, Royal Collection;QMJI 1893–1953;
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