Princess Louise’s bequests to favourite Royal pairs
The Duke of Kent is known to be the chief beneficiary under the will. The extent of the Kents‘ legacy is unknown, for Royal wills are secret, and not filed at Somerset House.
The Duke of Kent, one of the greatest favorites within the Royal Family, is doted on by his elder relatives. He was the favorite nephew of the late Princess Victoria, who bequeathed to him the lovely home, Coppins.
The Duchess was also a favorite for her own charm, because she was the wife of the Princess‘ favorite, and partly because her family went through vicissitudes of which Princess Louise had seen so much.
Princess Louise lived so frugally at Kensington Palace during her last years that she must have used only a fraction of the £6000 she received annually through the Civil list pension.
The Duchess‘ jewel legacy is a magnificent one. When princess Louise married the ninth Duke of Argyle (sic), Marquess of Lorne in 1871 at the end of the Franco-Prussian war, there followed one of the most brilliant periods.
She was the centre of a great social season, and her jewels were the cynosure of all eyes. These have not been worn for years and are mostly in the antique settings, which are again becoming first favorites in modern taste.
The Princess‘ jewel box contains a particularly fine collection of diamonds, pearls and opals. One beautiful necklace is of five large opals set around with brilliants, connected by a diamond chain.
The Duchess of Kent wearing the type of pearl necklace and earrings she is rarely seen without. She now inherits some superb jewels from the late Princess Louise.
Particularly lovely are the diamond daisies mounted as hairpins, which are understood to be included in the Duchess‘ Inheritance. She will probably wear these In her hair as diamond clips, for she is fond of wearing stars in her hair.
There ls also a pendant of line sapphires, mounted with brilliants and pearls and finished with a pearl drop. The centre of this pendant unhooks to form a bracelet.
From one necklace of pearls and diamonds is suspended an oval locket, the centre of which is a large Oriental pearl surrounded by closely-set, large diamonds of great brilliancy.
This was a gift from the Clan Campbell and the Jewelled locket is suspended by an emerald sprig of bog myrtle, the Campbell badge, this called „the Lorne jewel“ .
Other lovely pieces include a two string pearl necklace valued at about £1000, a chased necklace with links of diamonds joined with pearls, and a beautiful bracelet in the shape of a coronet, centre of which is a large diamond surrounded by eight smaller diamonds. This is set in silver instead of gold, and would thus be mast fashionable to-day.
Princess Louise also had some beautiful silver and gold services, including a richly chased silver-gilt dessert set, a chased silver-gilt tea and coffee service, and a complete silver-gilt toilet set.
Diamonds for her birthday
The Duke of Kent’s gift to the Duchess of Kent on her 33rd birthday was a flat bracelet of flexible platinum links studded with large diamonds.
From the Australian Women’s Weekly 6 Jan 1940, p2
Hochzeit und Trauung| Royal Wedding, the royal bride
Hochzeitsgeschenke | Royal Wedding and the Gifts
Marina Herzogin von Kent| The Engagement Ring and Weddingrings
Grossen Perlentropfen | Pearshaped Pearls of Grand Duchess Vladimir
Margeriten Blumenbroschen | The Diamond Daisy Brooches
Smaragd-Brosche | The Argyll -Emeraldbrooch
Diamantsterne | The Diamond Stars
Die Juwelen der Herzogin von Argyll | Princess Louise Duchess of Argyll
Die Kent Aquamarine | The Aquamarines