Queen Mary’s Crown

Queen Mary’s Crown made for her coronation in 1911.

Queen Mary’s Crown made for her coronation in 1911.

Set entirely with diamonds and crystals this crown was made for Queen Mary when she was crowned queen consort with King George V in 1911. It originally contained the Third Star of Africa in the cross patee which surmounted the heavily jewelled monde and the Fourth Star of Africa in the front of the band. Both were cut from the Cullinan diamond. (See the Royal Sceptre with the Cross and the Imperial State Crown.) The former is pear-shaped and of 95 carats, the latter heart-shaped of 64 carats. Both these stones are the personal property of Queen Elizabeth II and are not part of the Crown Jewels. They are known as the Lesser Stars of Africa and were mounted in such a way that they can be removed and worn separately as pendant or brooch.

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