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Re: Duchess of Gloucester. Buckle brooch
This is interesting find. I wonder what's the exact date of the photograph? The 30 Aug 1935 edition of the New York Times reported 29 Aug 1935 as the engagement date. If the buckle brooch was first seen worn by Alice after that date and before her wedding, then it could well have been an engagement gift.
We may never know the answer, but if it was an engagement gift my first thought would be that her future spouse Henry of Gloucester was the gift-giver. I recall reading i think from Frank's past RJWMB post and on Ursula's website that Queen Mary gave Elizabeth Bowes-Lyons a brooch as an engagement present. She could have done the same for Alice. I don't know if Marina was ever given one.