This month, we are marking the Bicentenary of the Birth of Queen Victoria by featuring her Top 20 Jewels, one for each decade since the Birth of 2nd-longest reigning British Monarch, in the 20 days leading up to the Anniversary itself, and today’s feature is her Golden Jubilee Necklace-
To celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887, a committee of ladies raised money for a commemorative statue of her late husband Prince Albert, and the fundraising was so successful that they ended up raising far more than was required and decided that the funds should go to the St. Katherine’s Fund for Nurses, while others wanted to purchase a necklace for the Queen, both plans were approved by the Queen, but there was opposition, and a replacement badge was shot by the Queen saying she would “at once exchange it for another jewel.” Eventually, Queen Victoria received this diamond and pearl necklace from Carrington & Co, for £5000 in 1888, which she left to the Crown upon her death.
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While Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee Necklace wasn’t pictured on Queen Alexandra, Queen Mary, and Queen Elizabeth, it became an early favourite of the Queen after her accession, most notably worn for her first and last (as of yet) State Opening of Parliament, and has been regularly worn throughout her reign. A replica of the Necklace was also given to her cousin, Princess Alexandra, by her husband, the Hon. Angus Ogilvy.