Princess Anne wears similar dress to Kate Middleton & honours late Queen with £183k brooch

Expert jeweller Leslie Field described the piece as a “cabochon sapphire brooch surrounded by two rows of diamonds with a pearl drop hanging from a collet diamond”.

Later in 1930, King George V’s wife Queen Mary purchased the sapphire, diamond, and pearl brooch for £2,375, which exceeded the brooch’s auction estimate, set between £1,400 and £1,900. This would make the brooch worth roughly £183,468.98 in 2022.

In 1953, Queen Elizabeth inherited all of Queen Mary’s jewels, including the brooch. She began wearing the piece in the 1950s, choosing it for important state occasions abroad.

This adds a sentimental touch to Princess Anne’s decision to wear the brooch for her important occasion abroad in Uganda.

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