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A silver and gold-lined diadem with an openwork frame set transparent with diamonds; narrow band edged with pearls, surmounted by four crosses-pattée, the front cross set with a pale yellow brilliant, and four sprays representing the national emble

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Great George

RCIN 441144

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This Garter badge was worn by George III for the Installation of the Knights of the Garter on St George's Day (23 April) 1805. According to a letter written by his daughter, Princess Augusta, the king had packed the jewels away the year previously and could not remember where he had stored them at the time of the ceremony – causing him great distress. The badge hasn't been worn many times, as later sovereigns preferred other, lighter badges.