ARMY brooches worn by Princess Diana have gone on display at a South Yorkshire museum for the first time after being caught up in proceedings over her estate for 14 years.
The spectacular items, worn by the Princess in her role as Colonel in Chief of two Army regiments, had originally been promised to Cannon Hall Museum, near Barnsley, after Diana’s death in 1997. But the brooches have only just been delivered after finally being released by the estate following a probate into Diana’s will.
The decorative pieces of jewellery were promised to the Regimental Museum of the 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary’s Own) and The Light Dragoons by Princess Diana’s sister Lady Sarah McCorquodale, an executor of the Princess’s will, after her death in a car crash in 1997.
They have now gone on display along with brooches worn by Princess Margaret and Queen Mary.
Museum spokesman Jane Galvin said the regiments recruited in Yorkshire, which meant a homecoming of sorts for the beautiful jewellery.
She said: “Lady Sarah was adamant they came to the museum but they have only just been released by the estate. They were made specifically for Diana and are a beautiful addition to the collection.”
Princess Diana was presented with a sapphire brooch when she was appointed Colonel in Chief of the 13th/18th Hussars in 1989.
She received the second, a diamond piece, when the regiment amalgamated with the 15th/19th Hussars in 1992.