From the private collection of Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon - sister of Her Majesty The Queen - an exquisite, elegant and timeless single-row South Sea pearl necklace. Forty pearls between 10mm and 12mm, strung and knotted on silk, with a decorative 18-carat yellow gold clasp, adorned with a single marbe pearl. Engraved with the crowned M monogram of the Princess.
Her Royal Highness is photographed wearing the necklace whilst on one of her biannual visits to her beloved holiday home, on the island of Mustique. She chats on the beach with Lt. Col. Sir Eric Penn, Comptroller of the Royal Household and ex Grenadier Guards and Professor Lord Plumb, the Cambridge historian and Master of Christ's College, Cambridge.
Born on the 21st August 1930, Princess Margaret Rose was the second daughter of Prince Albert, Duke of York and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. Margaret was fourth in line to the throne until 1936, when her uncle Edward VIII abdicated to marry the American divorcee Wallis Simpson. Her father became King George VI, making Margaret second in line to the throne and younger sister to the new Queen of England, Elizabeth II. In her youth Margaret was considered a beauty, with an 18-inch waist and vivid blue eyes. She enjoyed a vibrant social life, often seen in the press at balls, night clubs and parties. The sale of this beautiful and historic necklace offers buyers a rare opportunity to own a small part of the history of the most noble and illustrious family in the world.
18-carat yellow gold
10 -12mm diameter, South Sea (one Marbe pearl on clasp)
Accompanied by a certificated signed by Viscount Linley, now Lord Snowdon, HRH's son