Wedding Gifts of Queen Mary

Princess May of Teck received Seven Tiaras, Fifteen Necklaces, Twenty-Six Bracelets, and Forty-Four Brooches among the 130 spectacular pieces of Jewellery given by Family, Friends, Cities, Institutions and Counties from various parts of the United Kingdom and the British Empire when she married her late fiancé’s brother, the future King George V, in the Chapel Royal of St. James’s Palace on this day  130 years ago.

Queen Mary’s Crown | Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara | Vladimir Tiara | Delhi Durbar Tiara | Cambridge Emerald Parure | Lover’s Knot Tiara | Fringe Tiara | Gloucester Honeysuckle Tiara | Teck Turquoise TiaraCambridge Sapphire Parure | Iveagh Tiara | Amethyst Tiara | Ladies of England Tiara | Surrey Fringe Tiara | The Jewels of Queen Mary 

Queen Victoria had gifted the bride with a stylised Diamond Fringe Necklace/Tiara, which was identical to another wedding gift. Describing the Wedding of the Duke of York and Princess May of Teck in 1893, Queen Victoria wrote that bride had worn her present at the ceremony. The Princess can be seen wearing a Diamond Fringe as a Tiara in photographs after the ceremony, but it is unknown if Queen Victoria mixed up the two pieces. The Diamond Fringe Necklace was dismantled to create Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara in 1919.

From her parents-in-law, the future King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, Princess May had already received a spectacular Diamond Rivière, originally a gift for her wedding to their elder son, the Duke of Clarence, which had been given to Princess May on the original wedding day in February 1892. The Diamond Rivière was worn on her Wedding Day in 1893 and continued to be worn for the rest of her life. For this wedding day, the Bride received a spectacular Turquoise and Diamond Brooch which was most recently worn by the late Queen.

The Teck Turquoise Tiara, composed of diamonds and turquoise stones set in a central sunburst motif surrounded by rococo scrolls, which, along with a Parure of a couple of necklaces and several brooches, was a wedding gift to the future Queen from her parents, the Duke and Princess Mary Adelaide, the Duchess of Teck. The Teck Turquoise Tiara and Parure is now worn by the Duchess of Gloucester.

The future Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, a first cousin and lookalike of King George V, bought this Celtic Knot Brooch from his personal funds, which was worn by Queen Mary sporadically and has most recently appeared on Queen Camilla. The Tsar and Empress Maria Feodorovna sent a ‘large cabochon sapphire and diamond curb-chain bracelet’.

Among the more spectacular Wedding Gifts was the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara from a committee known as the ‘Girls of Great Britain and Ireland’ headed by Lady Eva Greville, who donated a £3,000 surplus to the widows and children of 350 lost sailors of HMS Victoria. The Tiara was given as a wedding gift to the late Queen in 1947 and was a lifelong favourite. We saw the Tiara at Buckingham Palace on the day the Queen passed away,

The spectacular Iveagh Tiara was given by from the Earl and Countess of Iveagh from the wealthy Guinness Family and worn throughout Queen Mary’s life. It is now worn by the Duchess of Gloucester.

Princess Mary also received a versatile jewel that was not only a Tiara, but could also be worn as a necklace, a corsage ornament, with the central section detachable to be worn as a brooch while the remaining portions could be used as sprays. Known as the Ladies of England Tiara, the piece was given by a committee of 650 ‘Ladies of England’, and dismantled to create the Gloucester Honeysuckle Tiara and Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara.

The Surrey Fringe Tiara was identical to Queen Victoria’s Diamond Fringe Necklace and after being worn on numerous occasion thought the 1890s and 1900s, the Tiara was dismantled to create the Gloucester Honeysuckle Tiara and modify the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara.

Among the wedding gifts was a spectacular Pearl and Diamond Choker from the Lord Mayor and the City of London, while Queen Mary’s 11-row Pearl Choker was also likely among the Wedding Gifts.

Franck on HFJ&C MB has compiled a full list of the over 130 Jewels that comprised Queen Mary’s Wedding Gifts:

“At each stage of the Queen Mary’s life, jewellery – diamonds in particular – played a significant part in establishing her public image. For her marriage in 1893 to the Duke of York, the future George V, a very considerable quantity of jewellery, the majority of diamonds and pearls, descended on the rather shy and rather retiring Princess. Generous gifts from her immediate family and from the extended royal family vied with spectacular offerings from all round the United Kingdom and across the Empire. Among the more significant jewels, exhibited at the Imperial Institute, were three tiaras, twenty-six bracelets, forty-four brooches and fifteen necklaces.


Diamond fringe Tiara/necklace given by Queen Victoria

Diamond fringe Tiara/necklace given by the county of Surrey 

Diamond Tiara from the Ivegh 

• a handsome diadem of roman workmanship from the King and Queen of Italy

• Diamond feather Aigrette from Prince George

• Diamond necklace from the Prince and Princess of wales

• Diamond necklace from the Duke of Westminster

• Kapurthala stomacher with diamond

A diamond brooch with ten diamonds from the County of Lincoln

• Warwick sun brooch

• a spray of rose-leaves in diamonds – from a few women of the stage

• The diamond spray brooch from eighty of the leading actresses of London

• A scent-bottle and true-lovers knot in diamonds sent by Miss Alice de Rothschild – later given to the Duchess of York

• A diamond spray brooch from Lord Amstrong

• A diamond set bow brooch – the County of Dorset

• A diamond feather brooch from Empress Eugénie

• A diamond sun brooch from Earl and Countess of Warwick, Lord and Lacy Brooke, Captain Alwyne and Mrs Greville. Lady Eva and the Hon Greville;

• Town of Swansea crescent brooch

• A diamond wheat-ear and single collet brooch from the Duke of York,

• May’s monogram set in diamonds – Mrs- Mme Weddington

• A diamond bow brooch from her future husband

• A diamond rose brooch – West Yorkshire Regiment

• A rose diamond brooch from her bride worn the day of her weeding

• A rose diamond brooch mounted on a bracelet from her bride

• An other round diamond brooch with the diamond necklace

• A wheel-shaped diamond brooch – The Earl of Fitz William / Lady Borthwick

• A diamond arrow hairpin the Earl and Countess of Dudley

• An ornament set in diamonds which belonged to Princess Elizabeth Landgravine of Hesse-Homburg

• An diamond ornament from Count Korlebrodyki

• An ornament given by Sir Horace Farquabar

• A diamond watch from Alice de Rothschild

• a diamond watch-bracelet from Lord Saville

• A pair of gold and diamond bangles, late 19th century, a wedding present to Queen Mary in 1893 from the Bombay Presidency, later given to her granddaughter Elisabeth II as wedding gift in 1947

• A diamond bracelet – by the Fishmongers’ Company

• A diamond bracelet from the Countess and the ladies of Fitzwilliam

• A three-diamond collet wire bangle from The Rajah and Ranee of Cuch Behar

• A twisted gold bangle, with diamond ball-ends from The Rajah and Ranee of Sarawak

• A gold bracelet with diamond centre Mr. & Mrs Arthur Kennard

• shoe Buckles in diamonds – The Hon. Charles Bourke

• A diamond and brilliant pendant with enamel – Worshipful Company of Carpenters (Seen)

• A diamond ring from the Mayor and people of Windsor


A diamond and pearl tiara – the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland – later given to her granddaughter Elisabeth II

• A Forget me not Diamond pearl Aigrette

• A pearl and diamond comb – Sir G. and Lady Lucas

A diamond necklace/tiara with pearls and matching pearls studs – Ladies of England 

A pearl and diamond choker from the City of London (Favourite one)

• A pearl and diamond necklace from Thakore Sahib and Ranee of Gondal (maybe the choker given to the Duchess of Gloucester)+ bracelet to match

• A five row pearl necklace given by her husband

• A magnificent necklace of three rows of pearls with diamond clasp was presented by 23 counties – it was valued at £6000 Sterling (40)

• A pearl necklace with diamond clasp from the Ladies of Glasgow consists of 51 pearls, graduated from the centre, with the largest being about the size of an ordinary pea. The length of the necklace is 14 inches. The clasp consists of eleven diamonds set in gold. The pearls were valued at 930 pounds and the total cost was close to 1000 pounds (The Scotsman, 30 June 1893) Messrs R.+W.Sorley

• A pearl necklace of fifty five fine pearls with lozenge-shape diamonds – diamond clasp – presented by a thousand of her Majesty’s subjects

• A pearl necklace – County of Kent

• A diamond and large baroque pearl brooch from Queen Alexandra

• A diamond and pearl brooch/pendant – the Ladies of Surrey Needlework Guild brooch (Seen)

• A brooch/pendant of diamonds and pearls valued at £775 from the women of Hampshire (Seen)

• A diamond set bow brooch with large pendant pearls – Inhabitants of Kensington (Seen)

• A pearl and diamond brooch form the Duke and Duchess of Portland (Seen)

• A pearl and diamond bow brooch from her husband (Seen)

• A diamond and pearl acorn brooch from Lady Lindsay

• A pearl pin from Lady Mary Arkwright

• A pearl brooch from the Earl of Lathom

• A pearl brooch from Lady Galway

• A brooch stutted with large black pearls from Lord and Lady Rothschild (Seen)

• A diamond and pearl brooch

• A diamond jeweled pendant with a pearshaped large pearl – people of Richmond (seen)

• A magnificent diamond and pearl bracelet from the Indian Princess

• A large diamond and two-pearl wire bangle bracelet from the King and Queen of Würtemberg

• A pearl and diamond bracelet from Lord and Lady Burton (seen)

• A pearl and diamond bracelet from the King and Queen of Würtemberg

• A watch studded with pearl and diamond from Lord and Lady Rotschild

• a pearl and diamond ring, designed by Collingwood, presented by Princes Adolphus, Francis and Alexander of Teck to her sister


A turquoise and diamond Tiara from her parent 

• A turquoise and diamond necklace 

• Turquoise and diamond earrings 

• 3 turquoise and diamond brooches

• A cluster brooch of diamonds with turquoise centre given by the Prince and Princess of Wales

• A Turquoise and diamond brooch from Earl Fitzwilliam

• turquoise and diamond cluster pin by the Marquis of Londenderry

• A turquoise and diamond pin from Lady Borthwick

• A turquoise diamond bracelet from the Marquis and Marchioness of Salisbury

• A turquoise and diamond bracelet from Lord and Lady Burton


A cabochon emerald and diamond knot brooch from the Tsarvitch

• An emerald and diamond trefoil brooch from Royal St George’s Yacht Club

• A gold four-leaf shamrock pin, chrysoprase emeralds and diamonds by Sir Frederick and Lady Milner (seen)

• an emerald brooch from Viscountess Galloway

• an emerald watch from Lord and Lady Hillingdou


• a ruby and diamond feather brooch from the Ex-Queen of Spain

• Two entwined snakes with wings as brooch diamonds and rubies from Mr. Henry Chaplin

• diamond and ruby brooch given by Mr Chaplin (Seen)

• a ruby and diamond bracelet incorporating a detachable centrepiece in the shape of a rose from the County of Cornwall (Seen)

• A ruby and diamond cluster and trellis pattern bracelet from Princess Catherine of Würtemberg

• a gold chain bracelet set with rubies and diamonds from Sir Henry Hawkins (70)

• a gold bangle with a heart of rubies from Lady Elizabeth Taylor

• Watch bracelet in diamonds and rubies – Mr Gillett (Seen)

• diamond and ruby sleeve-links

• A belle époque diamond and ruby ring from her father in law ( Sold during Princess Margaret sale) (seen)

• a pair of diamond and ruby sleeve links from the Hon Coppelstown and Mrs Bampfylde


• A large diamond and sapphire anchor brooch from her husband worn the day of her weeding (seen) (80)

• A sapphire and diamond monogram and coronet brooch from The Infante Antonio and Infante Eulalie

• Ruby, sapphire and diamond bangle bracelet from George, Duke of York (seen)

• A large cabochon sapphire and diamond curb-chain bracelet from the Emperor and Empress of Russia

• a sapphire and diamond bracelet from Mr and Mrs Frederick Wigan

• a sapphire and diamond bracelet

• an emerald and sapphire brooch from the Earl Fritzwilliam

• An emerald and sapphires ring from her three brothers. (Sold during the sale) (seen)


• A 17th century hair comb from Baroness Yon Doup

• a cross of the 17th century, a trinket very much in fashion in olden times with our fair Norman kinswomen and in a case adorned with the two Sons of William the Conqueror. It has been sent from Neufchatel-en-Bray, an old town founded by Henry I of England and has been presented by Captain Le Clerc, of the French Embassy, in whose family it has been for many years.

• Rose of York Brooch with Green and rose enamel (Collection of Queen Elizabeth II) (seen)

• a diamond brooch with crystal centre – Earl and Countess of Leven (seen)

• A diamond set scarab and four stylised fleurs de lys brooch

• A carbuncle and diamond heart and Wings of time brooch from Mr. Wyndham

• A amethyst jacinth and pearl coronet brooch

• A cameo brooch – the four Georges set in diamonds, surmonted by a diamond-set crown, 1820 – from Earl and Countess Cadogan (seen)

• A cameo from Lady and Lord Dorchester

• four valuable pins – Mr A.J. Balfour (90)

• Four moonstone hat pins

• A brooch the gift from the Workshipful Company of Carpenters

• amethyst and topaz bracelet – Lord & Lady Burton

• Bracelet of diamond and pierres from the People of Richmond

• A half-hoop bracelet from the County of Sussex

• A gold curb-chain bracelet, with jubilee Institute Medal from Sir Somers Vine and the Staff of the Imperial Institue

• a little gold watch and chain inclosed in a small glass case formerly in the possession of the Empress Josephine from Dr Chittenden.

• a small birthday book bound in gold and tortoiseshell, containing a miniature in ivory of the royal family and bearing a coronet and short inscription in diamonds and enamel – from the Baron and Baroness Lowenstein.

• bird in gold and enamel box – Sir Henry and Lady Meysey-Thomson

• lace parasol with carved pin coral handle – from the Italian ambassador and Lady Tornielli

Queen Mary’s Crown | Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara | Vladimir Tiara | Delhi Durbar Tiara | Cambridge Emerald Parure | Lover’s Knot Tiara | Fringe Tiara | Gloucester Honeysuckle Tiara | Teck Turquoise TiaraCambridge Sapphire Parure | Iveagh Tiara | Amethyst Tiara | Ladies of England Tiara | Surrey Fringe Tiara | The Jewels of Queen Mary 


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