Sitter: Queen Mary (1867-1953), Colonel in Chief, 18th (Queen Mary's Own Royal) Hussars.
Biog: Consort of King George V.
Date: 28 October 1919.
Occasion: Farewell inspection before 18th (Queen Mary's Own Royal) Hussars posted to India.
Location: Officer's Mess, Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow.
Descr: FL standing.
Jewellery: Regimental brooch (worn on hat) in the design of the 18th Hussars' cap badge, with diamonds set on silver and gold.(1)
Photographer: Lafayette, Ltd.
No of related negatives: 4 (see neg. nos. 8112, 8113 & 8246).
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Biog: Dictionary of National Biography; Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd ed., Burke's Royal Families of the World, Vol 1, pp 185 & 309.
Occasion: The Times 29 October 1919 p 13d & 15b; Army and Navy Gazette, 1 November 1919 p 708.
Location: See acknowledgements below.
Jewellery: See acknowledgements below.
Reproduced: The Queen, 20 December 1919, frontispiece.
Acknowledgements: Captain G.E. Locker, Officer Commanding Home Headquarters, 13th/18th Royal Hussars (QMO), 3 Tower Street York, YO1 1SB.
1. Brooch presented to Queen Mary (when Victoria Mary, Princess of Wales), in 1903, after the announcement by King Edward VII, that the 18th Hussars, following their distinguished service throughout the Boer War, should be known as 18th (Victoria Mary's Princess of Wales's Own) Hussars. The brooch was handed back to the Regiment on the death of Queen Mary and is now worn by a senior officer's wife on special occasions. The item was usually worn as a brooch and not as a cap badge. (Captain G.E. Locker).