27 November 2012

The Williamson Diamond Brooch

The Williamson Diamond Brooch
This brooch takes its name from the fine pink diamond in the center, a wedding gift to Princess Elizabeth in 1947 from Dr. John Williamson. Dr. Williamson, a Canadian, owned the mine in Tanzania where the diamond was found. It was cut to its current 23.6 carat size and, in 1953, placed at the center of a brooch designed for it by Cartier in the shape of a jonquil. This is a personal favorite of mine, and I adore any time the Queen brings it out.

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5 June 2014: State Visit to France, Welcome Ceremony
9 November 2013: Festival of Remembrance
27 November 2012: State Visit from Kuwait, Welcoming Ceremony
2011: Royal Ascot
2010: Visit to Canada  
2009: G-20 Summit Reception
1998: Christmas Broadcast  
1961: Commonwealth Visit to India and Pakistan
1958: State Visit to the Netherlands 
1956: Royal Maundy Service

Photo: Royal Collection