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Old 12-14-2012, 06:37 PM
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I think they will be seen again. Once the old guard of chair filler retire off into the sunset, new members will be needed. The Linleys mat pop up at a state dinner or two every now and then. Semi-Royal cousins of the Sovereign are needed to sit close to important foreign guest, and that is a long table at Windsor to sprinkle royals around.
The Linleys will never pop up at a state dinner, they aren't working royals. And which semi royal cousins did you have in mind?

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Isn't that a rather rude way to refer to people who have devoted their lives to the service of the nation?
I agree, awful way to describe The Queen.
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:47 PM
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Here is a great list of Queen Alexandra's wedding gifts:

Solid gold suite from Laaland Falster | Royal Wedding to Queen Alexandra | Jewel of the Royals
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Old 03-09-2013, 05:47 AM
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I was wondering whether anyone is aware of a second emerald parure that belonged to Queen Victoria.
The first one - worn in this portrait by the Queen - is fairly well known. It was created by Joseph Kitching in 1845 and passed through the Fife line.

However, according to the Royal Collection website:
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East India Company presented the Queen with a splendid selection of these jewels, including a quantity of emeralds, which she described as ‘wonderful and of immense value’. Some were able to be re-cut and set by Garrards in a new emerald and diamond parure, consisting of a tiara, stomacher and a pair of bracelets, which the Queen wore on her State Visit to Paris in 1855. Others, such as the nineteen rectangular or hexagonal emeralds in this girdle, as well as the flat-cut diamonds or lasques set in the borders, were either too thin or were carved, which (to the Queen’s regret) ruled out any re-cutting or reuse.
Victoria is supposed to be wearing them in this portrait from the French visit of 1855. It is also possible the emerald tiara in question (possibly, bracelets too) are worn in this French illustration of the Queen from 1855.
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:38 AM
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That is a very interesting find, Artemisia. There are so many mysteries about Queen Victoria's jewels. Only a few tiaras can be clearly identified from her portraits and traced through the descending generations.

Here is a portrait of her with an unknown emerald tiara. But maybe this is the tiara with the Indian emeralds?
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Old 03-09-2013, 08:02 AM
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What a great portrait, Tilla C., I had never seen it before!
The set mentioned on the Royal Collection website could well be it, but two things bother me a bit:

- They mention a parure of a tiara, stomacher and a pair of bracelets, whereas in the portrait in addition to a tiara and a bracelet, Victoria wears a necklace and a second brooch. Mind you, the second bracelet could have been converted into a necklace, while the stomacher could have been detachable and worn in several pieces (as with many of, say, Queen Mary's stomachers). The styles of the bracelet and the necklace are certainly very similar.

- Victoria appears to be fairly young in that portrait, probably in her 20s. The emeralds were given to her at the Great Exhibition which took place in 1851, meaning she should have been at least 32 by the time the parure was ready. This said, I have seen several portraits of the Queen from 1850s where she looked very young.

I wish we knew when Pierre Jollivet painted the portrait; if it was after 1851, we could have solved the mystery of one of Queen Victoria's jewels.
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Old 03-09-2013, 08:20 AM
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Perhaps you should ask on the Royal Jewels MB. There are some of the Experts about the british Royal Jewels.
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Old 03-09-2013, 08:33 AM
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It is also possible that Queen Victoria paired the tiara from the Indian emerald parure with other jewellery from her collection, or at least with another necklace.

Although the style of the portrait is very detailed, we can't rule out some artistic license. There is no way of knowing if the painter changed details in the jewellery. Also he might have painted the Queen younger as she actually looked. (Photoshop has it's predecessors )
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Old 03-09-2013, 12:25 PM
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Actually, it appears Victoria is wearing THREE identical brooches (you can see pendant pearls peaking out from under the Garter sash).
As someone else said, it's possible she was painted to look younger than she actually was.
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:31 AM
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I've just foun that picture of Princess Louise Margaret, Duchess of Connaught:
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Is she wearing the diamond rosette necklace Queen Victoria wore for her wedding? I think she is. I also read frequently that the necklace could have passed to that branch of the family.
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Old 03-10-2013, 01:56 PM
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The Duchess is indeed wearing Victoria's Turkish Rosette Necklace. She also wore the necklace to another coronation - that of Nicholas II in 1896.
From the Connaught line, the necklace passed to the Fife line through Princess Alexandra, Duchess of Fife - wife of Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught - who left the necklace to her nephew and heir, James Carnegie (Alexandra had outlived her only son, as well as her younger sister).

You can read more about the necklace here - Queen Victoria’s Turkish Rosette Necklace.



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Just lovely; I also have my eye on that beautiful tiara and pearl choker as well.
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You will have to wrestle me for them...
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Is there a name for that tiara? Or a photo with a more detailed look? Gorgeous!
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This may be the wrong thread - so please feel free to move.

The British government is trying to raise £150,000 to save jewellery which was a gift from the Prince Regent from being sold abroad. The pieces are said to be of historical significance.

Government bars export of rare jewels once owned by the Prince Regent - Telegraph

The peridot jewellery was given to the chaperons of Princess Charlotte and the Prince asked that they be worn at her wedding.

The report is a bit garbled, I think but of interest none the less.
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That is amazing! So beautiful!!
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My number one favorite amethyst tiara!

The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor: Tiara Thursday (on a Wednesday): Queen Mary's Amethyst Tiara

I find this tiara unique, regal, and very stunning. That color is simply beautiful, and the parure is also stunning. Love those large oval amethysts. It's a shame it's no longer in the family. Nevertheless, this tiara is magnificent!
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Oh, *drool*!!!!!!!!!
I love amethysts.
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Reading the comments am I to believe that Anna Wintour now owns the necklace or was it just on loan?
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The Strawberry Leaf Tiara is one of my favorite ruby tiaras! It's just stunning. It's also very beautiful without the rubies.
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Queen Mary Tiara

Can any of you help me to identify the tiara which Queen Mary is wearing in this picture? Looking at it close up it appears to be 3 hectagons with large light-coloured gems (maybe Aqua or Dia) connected with laurel leaves
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