Queen Mary’s Kensington Bow Brooch

(public domain)

Queen Mary’s Kensington Bow Brooch is a “pavé-set bow in the form of a double ribbon, the larger two diamonds in cut-down settings, with pavé-set baroque pearl pendant.”1

The brooch was given to the then Princess Mary of Teck by the inhabitants of Kensington to mark her wedding to the then Duke of York on 6 July 1893. Mary had a long history with Kensington, as she had been born in Kensington Palace.

She wore it often following her marriage, such as her coronation and the Devonshire House Ball. The brooch was bequeathed to Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

  1. The Queen’s Diamonds by Hugh Roberts p.142

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