Queen Mary’s Dorset Bow Brooch

(public domain)

Queen’s Mary’s Dorset Bow Brooch was given to the then Princess Mary as a wedding present from the country of Dorset.

She wore the brooch frequently and often combined it with other bow brooches. It is considered to be an almost exact copy of a bow brooch made in 1855 for Empress Eugenie, which was sold at auction with the rest of the French crown jewels in 1887.1

The Dorset Bow Brooch was among the wedding gifts to the then Princess Elizabeth in 1947 and was also worn frequently by Queen Elizabeth II.

  1. The Queen’s Diamonds by Hugh Roberts p.148

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