Re: QEQM - Legion d'Honneur and Garter Archived Message
Posted by Arthur on September 20, 2015, 4:35 am, in reply to "Re: QEQM - Legion d'Honneur and Garter"
The sash is indeed the red sash of the Legion of Honour, the highest French order (which, like most orders, is worn from the right shoulder to the left hip, contrary to the Garter sash). |
The brooch is very probably the Duchess of Teck's flower brooch, which was a favorite of QEQM throughout her life.
According to Hugh Roberts, in his book The Queen's Diamonds, the brooch may have been among the jewels inherited by Princess Mary Adelaide of Teck (Queen Mary's mother) from her childless aunt, Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester (the fourth daughter of King George III). On Princess Mary Adelaide's death in 1897, the brooch was inherited by the Duchess eldest son, Prince Adolphus of Teck, but at some point (earlier than 1923) it was in Queen Mary's possession, and was given in 1923 by Queen Mary to her son the Duke of York (later George VI) for his bride, i.e. QEQM, on the occasion of their wedding.