Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret
Queen alexandra dressed for the Connaught-Fife wedding.1913
Can we give some props to the fact that this woman here was SIXTY-EIGHT years old when these photos were taken?
Alix never seemed to age, what a beauty. She looked better than her daughter did.
The day before her February 10th, 1840 wedding to Prince Albert, Queen Victoria wrote that she received a gift from: ‘dearest Albert’ of ‘a splendid brooch, a large sapphire set round with diamonds, which is really quite beautiful’. She wore it to her wedding the next day, pinned to the front of her gown.
The brooch itself has a large sapphire in the centre, set in gold and surrounded by 12 smaller round diamonds. It is unknown exactly where Albert purchased it, but it’s thought it was likely to have come from a leading London jeweller such as Kitching & Abud or Mortimer & Hunt, which he patronized a great deal early in their marriage.
Queen Victoria would wear the brooch often, until Albert’s unexpected early death in 1861. When Victoria died, she left the brooch to the crown in her will. It has been worn by every Queen of the United Kingdom since and the current Queen, Elizabeth II, wears the piece very frequently.
85-6/100 pictures of royals:
↳ Sophie, Countess of Wessex, showed off her archery skills when visiting the Stoke Mandeville Stadium on 8 October 2014.
Dowager Queen Alexandra of Great Britain and a little girl in uniform, called Jeannie. C 1916.