Queen Vic­to­ria

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The day be­fore Queen Vic­to­ria’s wed­ding, Prince Al­bert pre­sented her with a large, ob­long sap­phire brooch set in gold and sur­rounded by 12 round di­a­monds. The piece, named Prince Al­bert’s Sap­phire Brooch or Queen Vic­to­ria’s Wed­ding Brooch, was worn on her wed­ding day and fre­quently therea er un­til Al­bert’s death. In her will, the queen le a num­ber of pieces to the Crown, in­clud­ing a pair of stud ear­rings, a di­a­mond neck­lace and ear­rings set, and the Sap­phire brooch. Queen El­iz­a­beth II her­self has o en been pho­tographed wear­ing the stunning piece. The brooch was not the only piece of jew­ellery gi ed to Queen Vic­to­ria by her beloved Al­bert over the course of their mar­riage. An emer­ald and di­a­mond tiara – cre­ated in 1845 by Joseph Kitch­ing for £1,150 (Dh6,200) – was one of the more mem­o­rable items. Un­like the sap­phire brooch, how­ever, Vic­to­ria did not des­ig­nate this piece to the Crown. In­stead, it re­mains in the hands of her descen­dants.

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