queen victoria golden jubilee necklace
Elizabeth II

Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee Necklace

Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee Necklace was created in 1888 after quite some debate. The “Women’s Jubilee Offering” committee had been established in 1887 with the purpose of marking Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. With the Queen’s approval, an equestrian statue of Prince Albert was made for Windsor Great Park, but the contributions raised far outgrew the [read more]

Queen Victoria's Bracelet
Royal Jewels

Queen Victoria’s Bracelet

Queen Victoria’s bracelet is “composed of five square foliage-pattern sections, partly pave-set, the larger brilliants in open-back collets; with later extension.” The bracelet was probably delivered to Queen Victoria in 1838 if it is the “bracelet band of 5 rows” mentioned in the records. It was part of several pieces she had made from inherited [read more]

Queen Victoria's Fringe Brooch
Royal Jewels

Queen Victoria’s Fringe Brooch

Queen Victoria’s Fringe Brooch began its life after the remodelling of another diamond ornament. This was done in 1856, and Queen Victoria wore the brooch in her Winterhalter portrait in 1859. The diamonds most likely came from jewels presented to Queen Victoria by the Sultan of Turkey in gratitude for the British support during the [read more]

queen victoria diamond jubilee
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]