However, In 1948 she wore the Oriental circlet as well as the Greville Diamond brooch. She also wore an other diamond brooch that I do not rrecognize.
: I read somewhere the Crown Jewels were stored
: at the Hall Barn estate of Lord Burnham -
: but again I can't believe they may not have
: been split up.
: There is a story of a young Queen and
: Princess Margaret finding them when playing
: in Windsor castle during the war. From
: describing them as children it must have
: been the early part of the war and they were
: maybe moved especially when the Blitz
: started. I also find it hard to believe
: they would have been stored in such an
: easily accessible place.
: In a biography of Queen Mary i thought I
: remembered a passage about her sitting in
: the cellars at Badminton where she stayed
: with niece , ablaze with sapphire's,
: knitting away whilst saying unmentionable
: things about Hitler in German. However I
: can't imagine there was much bombing in
: As often so many of these things get blended
: with other facts/stories as you are often
: reliant on third party memories usually well
: after the facts.
: Interestingly if the sapphire wearing part
: was accurate and the Kent's already had the
: Cambridge Sapphire's. What jewels could she
: have been wearing?
: I wonder if the rest of the royal family
: were just left to make their own
: --Previous Message--
: A very interesting theory. Thank you MarcA.
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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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