I have never read anything about where the jewels of the British royal ladies were stored during the war, but according to Trond Noren Isaksen Queen Maud's jewels were stored in Windsor Castle during the war period http://trondni.blogspot.com.au/2011/01/royal-jewels-queen-mauds-pearl-and.html Perhaps other royal jewels were also stored there. It is said that the Crown jewels were hidden at Windsor Castle, but I am not sure whether that is true.
I think that Queen Mary's vastly more valuable collection was stored somewhere in the UK during the war period. In his biography of Queen Mary James Pope Hennessy cited a letter written by her in which she mentioned her reaction on seeing her jewels when she returned to London, which suggests to me that they were easily and quickly retrieved. However, that would not necessarily mean that QEQM kept the Greville jewels in the UK, or disproves MarcA's theory.
I suspect that QEQM was not seen wearing significant Greville pieces until the visit to South Africa in 1947 because that was the first opportunity she had to wear grand jewels since the beginning of the war. Even the State Opening of Parliament was a scaled down affair until 1948.
In the early 1940s the King and Queen drove to Parliament and HM wore day dress.
1941 QEQM with pearls and her maple leaf brooch.
In 1946 QEQM wore a hat even though the use of a coach (although not the gold State coach) was revived.
In 1948 she wore the Oriental circlet as well as the Greville Diamond brooch.
I have always thought that HM's elaborate diamond wrist watch and bracelet which she commenced wearing circa 1944 might be Greville pieces, but I cannot prove that.
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