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The Royal Women

Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee

On 20 June 1897, Queen Victoria became the first British monarch in history to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee. She had surpassed her grandfather, King George III, the previous year as the longest-reigning British monarch, but she celebrated that privately. She wrote in her journal, “Today is the day on which I have reigned longer, by [read more]

Book Reviews

Book News July 2022

The Platinum Queen: Over 75 Speeches Given by Britain’s Longest-Reigning Monarch  Hardcover – 5 May 2022 (UK) & 1 July 2022 (US) For the first time, all 70 of the Queen’s Christmas speeches are published together in full, along with six additional feature speeches made at significant points in her life. Elizabeth I’s Final Years: [read more]

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Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon

Royal Jewels – The Palm-Leaf Brooch

The Palm-Leaf brooch was made for Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother by Cartier using loose diamonds from her own collection. It’s in the shape of a curling oriental palm leaf with nine brilliants in the centre in claw settings. The borders are lobed pavé set brilliants. The clip is a Cartier speciality and allows for [read more]