Crownprincess - Victoria had written to the Queen on 16 October 1875 about the paiting above:
I have a bit of blue dress showing, and the Indian ornament the Queen of Oude gave you, which you gave to me when I married, round my neck, and my own small pearls beside.* This gift was not mentationed in the newspapers or lists.
There are different information about the wedding gifts and presents, I had collect it in the follow array:
the queen led the young couple into a large drawing room to survey
their wedding presents.
Fritz had brought his bride a necklace of diamonds and turquoise, and
his parents had presented her with a string of thirty-six enormous
pearls, valued by the newspapers at 5.000. (
For Vicky there was also a diamond diadem from the King and Queen of
(a lofty open coronet of diamonds, the design of which, with its
thin spires of brilliants and open shell work between, probably one
of the most chaste and graceful that has ever been executed.)
a dressing case in gold and coral from her grandmother the duchess of
Brussels lace from Uncle Leopold;
a diamond corsage to be worn as a necklace or head ornament,
along with three extra diamond clusters from the Queen;
a bracelet and pendant in large emeralds and diamonds from her father;
a parure of opals and diamonds from both her parents;
and from each of her four sisters a brooch of the same pattern worked
in different stones diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds.
The following information comes from The Times, Jan 27 page 8, Issue
the Princess Royals wedding presents, including the jewellery,
were displayed in one of the state rooms of Buckingham Palace for review
by the press and other selected individuals
many of the gifts . . . were left without anything to indicate
the quarter whence they came and the only information beyond the name
of the person who gave it which it was in any case possible to obtain
was the cost price of almost every article exhibited, and whether it
was silver gilt, or only gilt on metal.
Most of the articles, however, were ticketed with the name of
the illustrious individual from who they came, so that a catalogue raisonné
could be formed which we append, only as a general rule withholding
the price list.
a lofty open coronet of diamonds, the design of which, with its
thin spires of brilliants and open shell work between, probably one
of the most chaste and graceful that has ever been executed. (King
and Queen of Prussia)
a broad diamond necklace, with a treble row of the most brilliant
drops and long pointed terminals. . . (Queen Victoria)
. . . three massive brooches, somewhat in the style and size of
the Scotch plaid brooch, but which, instead of having an open circlet
in the middle, are in each case filled with a noble pearl of the very
largest size and purity of colour. (Queen Victoria)
. . . a superb bracelet of brilliants, and emeralds , which is
beautiful both in design and execution, and is all together a most costly
present. This has additional interest in the eyes of visitors from its
being one of the bracelets which the young bride wore at the Chapel
Royal on Monday last. (Prince Consort)
. . . a suite of earrings, brooch, and necklace of opals and diamonds;
but the opals, in play of colour and iridescence, are superior to any
we have yet seen, and the design of the settings is quite in keeping
with the exquisite beauty of the stones they enclose. (Prince
But the present of the bridegroom is perhaps the most costly,
though in appearance the most simple of any. It is a necklace of pearls,
and our readers may easily judge of their value when we say that the
necklace, though full sized, only requires 36 to complete the entire
circle, which graduates in size from the centre, tapering less and less
in size of jewels as it approaches each end. The three centre pearls
in this superb circlet are said to be of great value. (Prince
. . . a stomacher brooch of brilliants. The stones in this superb
ornament are large and of the purest water, and the setting and design
are exquisite. (Princess of Prussia), Vickys mother-in-law
I take that to mean Princess Augusta, mother of the groom.
. . . a magnificent necklace, with pendants of exquisite design.
It is composed of pure brilliants and turquoises, and is called, from
the size, rarity, and value of the latter gems, the turquoise necklace.
(Prince of Prussia) Vickys father-in-law
. . . a small, but beautifully formed brooch of pearls. . .
. . . the Princesses Helena, Louisa (sic),Victoria(sic) give a
massive stud brooch or button, similar in shape to those in diamond
and pearl of the Queens gifts . . . These brooches are of massive
gold, ornamented with pearls and emeralds, pearls and rubies, and pearls
and sapphires. (Princesses Helena, Louise and Beatrice)
. . . a noble bracelet of diamonds and opals (Duchess of
. . . a magnificent bracelet of rubies, diamonds and emeralds
(Duchess of Saxe-Weimar
. . . plain gold bracelets with enamel miniatures of the givers
on each (Duke and Duchess of Saxe-Coburg; Vickys aunt and
gifts from others
. . . a diamond and emerald bracelet worn on the brides
left arm. . . . a splendid present, and probably equal in value
to the Princes is much inferior to it in design, and still more
so in the manner in which it is set. (Gentlemen of the Royal Household)
From the Illustrated London News No. 902. Vol XXXII, Feb. 6, 1858, page
The opals are stated in the Morning Post to have been the present
of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and the emeralds of His Royal
Highness the Prince Consort.
magnificent Opal and
Diamond suite . . . composed of jewels of the very finest quality procurable,
and set in the slightest possible manner, to show the beauties of this
splendid gem. The suite consists of necklace, earrings and a brooch,
forming also a bracelet centre. The pendants on either side of the centre
opal are five large diamonds. The opal suite and the emerald suite
were manufactured by Mr. J. Turner of New-bond Street.
a diamond corsage with three additional ornaments to be
worn either as a necklace or head ornament (from Queen Victoria),
a bracelet and pendant of enormous emeralds and diamonds The gems
are of unusually fine quality and fine size. (from the Prince
As usual, there are contradictory reports of who gave what. I have not
been able to find in The Times an official list of presents given to
the young couple issued by the Royal Household.
* The painting of the Crownprincess above: Head and shoulders, facing to the left, wearing blue and white evening dress with the badges of the Orders of Louise and Victoria and Albert and a fur stole. Commissioned by the sitter as a present to Queen Victoria. She had written to the Queen on 16 October 1875:
'You ask in what position Angeli is doing me, in no particular position as it is only a head, but the view of the head is full face, - in a usual low gown with a usual coiffure. Quite everyday attire as, I think, you like it! Are we 5 sisters going to be done the same size, and hang in one room together?.......
source:Royal Collection;An Uncommon Woman The Empress Frederick
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