When Prince Arthur, son of Queen Victoria, Duke of Connaught saw the original portrait of his bride, in November 1878 he wrote to Queen Victoria to describe it: ‘It is really lovely, so like and yet so pretty and natural – She is taken three quarters face in a low gown of a creamy colour, her hair quite plain, my locket round her neck on a thin gold chain(probably his engagement gift), and that ruby and diamond star left her by her Grandmama* on her breast…
Which grandmother of Princess Luise Margarethe of Prussia, Duchess of Connaught, left her the large star brooch with ruby?
We know both of the Grandmamas……
*Grand Duchess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach and Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia 16 February 1786 [OS 5 February] – 23 June 1859
*Princess Frederica Wilhelmina Louise Amalia of Prussia (30 September 1796 – 1 January 1850) was a daughter of Prince Louis Carl of Prussia and Frederica of Meklenburg-Strelitz. She was a member of the House of Hohenzollern. By her marriage to Leopold IV, Duke of Anhalt-Dessau, she would become Duchess of Anhalt-Dessau.
Die Hochzeit von Prinzessin Frederica Sophia Maria Henriette Amelia Theresa von Hannover, Prinzessin von Großbritannien und Irland, wurde am 24. April 1880 um drei Uhr nachmittags in der Privatkapelle von Windsor Castle in Anwesendheit von Königin Victoria, gefeiert.
Princess Frederica of Hanover daughter of the King of Hanover owns a collection of large diamond stars which she wore as tiara and headjewel, probably a gift of her father, she was very close with him and his private secretary and I most faithful friend.
The marriage of H.R.H. Princess Frederica Sophia Maria Henrietta Amelia Theresa of Hanover, Princess of Great Britain and Ireland, was solemnised on the 24th of April in 1880, at three o’clock in the afternoon, in the Private chapel of Windsor Castle, the presence of er Majesty.
The Queen, as head of the family, sanctioned her union with the Baron Luitberg Alexander George Lionel Alphonse Freiherr von Pawel Remmingen, some time Equerry to her father, the late King of Hanover.
Theodelinde war die Tochter von Eugène de Beauharnais (1781–1824), Herzog von Leuchtenberg, und seiner Ehefrau Prinzessin Auguste von Bayern (1788–1851) die Juwelen der Leuchtenbergs, wurden dann für Ihre Tochter Fürstin Mathilde von Urach, Gräfin von Wuerttemberg vom Pariser Juwelier, als Mitgift ihrer Mutter, umgearbeitet.
Beauftragt wurde der Juwelier von der 2. Frau ihres Vaters – Prinzessin Florestine von Monaco….mehr zu diesem Schmuck und die Geschichte der Herzogin Altieri.
Der Schmuck wird in Genf bei Sotheby’s versteigert….
Theodelinde was the daughter of Eugène de Beauharnais (1781-1824), Duke of Leuchtenberg, and his wife Princess Auguste of Bavaria (1788-1851)
The jewels of Leuchtenberg, were remodeled, then for their daughter, Princess Mathilde of Urach, Countess of Wuerttemberg by the ParisiansJeweler, as a dowry of her mother. The jeweler was commissioned by her father’s second wife – Princess Florestine of Monaco …. more about this jewelery and the history of Duchess Altieri.
The jewelry will be auctioned in Geneva at Sotheby’s ….
Masked balls and dance events were a popular alternation of the royal court in Munich in 1840/1841, which were celeprated at great expense, for fundraisers. Thus the Hofkurier reports on 1 February 1840 the following from the Carneval am Hof: During yesterday’s big masked ball in the royal Hofthater, that of the royal. Court….
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The first which was preceded by a herald and trumpeter introduced the chief characters of the novel Kenilwoth, with their Maj. Queen Therese appearing in the richest ornament as Queen Elizabeth of England, the Crown Prince as Leicester. The subject „Tasso“ was chosen for the second movement, with the duchess Duchess von Leuchtenberg, in the richest costumes, showing herself as princess of Este, surrounded by her court. The third was formed by twenty ladies of the local aristocracy, who performed a martial march and dance in the graceful Amazonian costumes taken from the ballet la revolte dans le serail, under the guidance of their royal princess Theolinde von Leuchtenberg:
All the costumes were distinguished by their splendor as a tasteful choice; the costumes of the highest and highest nobility were covered and dotted with a wealth of jewels and jewels, which is invaluable.
The Duchess of Leuchtenberg, Princess Auguste of Bavaria (1788-1851), eldest daughter of King Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria and his first wife Princess Auguste Wilhelmine of Hesse-Darmstadt, married to Eugène de Beauharnais (1781- 1824), Duke of Leuchtenberg Viceroy of Italy. The son of Marie Josephe Rose de Tascher de la Pagerie, later Empress Joséphine.
In 1817 King Maximilian I gave Joseph, her husband and his family the title of Duke of Leuchtenberg and Prince of Eichstätt.
Her fourth daughter, Princess Theolinde von Leuchtenberg, in the upper left of the picture, with costume jeweled. On the chest diamond ears are arranged for suns, a necklace and bracelets, and ornaments are probably made of jewels are abundantly distributed on the dress, a bow-shaped brooch on the neckline and a tiara with structure is visible on the head. The jewelry may come from the Duchess of Leuchtenberg, who also received a portion of the diamond ears of the coronation robe and jewelry of Empress Josephine.
A year later, a spectacular masquerade ball took place, in which Princess Theolinde von Leuchtenberg performed a Basque dance dressed in jewels, at that time she was already the fiancee of the Earl of Württemberg, later she married and also on the occasion of her wedding became a costume ball held.
One of Europe’s richest men, the handsome and charismatic 22-year-old Prussian industrialist and mining magnate was immediately captivated by La Païva’s seductive charms, extraordinary mind and business acumen. Their relationship was the talk of Paris high society and in 1871, the two were married.
Witness to one of the Great Love Stories of the 19th Century. These historical diamonds were part of the celebrated jewellery collection of “La Païva”, one of the most famous 19th-century courtesans in Paris and a leading figure of contemporary cultural and artistic society find out more about the story of this important jewels and see it as tiara: