Diamond Stars - Wedding Presents
Princess Beatrice Diamond Stars
On a trip to Germany, for the wedding of Princess Victoria of Hesse to Prince Louis of Battenberg, the Princess met and fell in love with the dashing Prince Henry Maurice of Battenberg, the brother of her nieces groom, who was a year her junior. Prince Henry proposed and Beatrice accepted.
The wedding that took place at Whippingham Church in 1885 was the greatest royal occasion that the Island ever witnessed. 200 guests from London including ambassadors and politicians were brought by special train to take their seats at the church. Prince Henry, wearing the white uniform of a captain of the Prussian Cuirassiers, arrived at East Cowes to a roar of cannon and an ecstatic public welcome.
Princess Beatrice advanced along the aisle accompanied by ten royal bridesmaids dressed in ivory gowns. Beatrice wore a beautiful dress of white satin trimmed with the Honiton lace of her mother, which none of her other siblings had been permitted to wear, decorated with orange blossom, myrtle and heather.
Her veil was emblazoned with a diamond circlet with diamond stars, a marriage gift from her mother. She also wore
- diamond collet drop earrings, a diamond collet necklace with a very large diamond cross suspended from it, a diamond bee brooch (picture left and above on the bodice), a diamond rose brooch, and a large diamond butterfly brooch on her right shoulder.
- on her right wrist, a wide diamond and sapphire bracelet (the gift of the groom), and on her left wrist an assortment of bangles - five in total, some with diamonds and others plain gold.
- The orders worn were those of Victoria and Albert, Crown of India, Gold Lion of Hesse, Royal Red Cross and the Saxe-Coburg and Gotha family order.
- Beatrice held a white fan and wore elbow-length white gloves in her pictures.
The newspapers and Beatrice's mother, Queen Victoria, wrote these details in her journal entry of 23 July 1885 about the jewels of the bride.
The royal bride was escorted in by the Queen and her eldest brother, the Prince of Wales.
The Wedding gifts to Princess Beatrice of Great Britain (1857-1944) were displayed in the Billiard Room at Osborne.
Gifts to Henry included a pin - which adds that Queen Victoria gave this gift to Henry after breakfast on the morning of the wedding
Gifts from her fiancée included:
a diamond and sapphire pendant, bracelet and earrings to correspond to the tiara given by her future parents-in-law. Princess Beatrice wore the diamond and sapphire bracelet given to her by Prince Henry on their wedding day -more about this sapphire demi parure -
Gifts of jewellery from the family included:
- a diadem, necklace, earrings and brooch of rubies and diamonds, from Queen Victoria, the strawberry leaf parure;
- a necklace, brooch and earrings of pink pearls and diamonds, from Queen Victoria,
- a ruby half-hoop guard ring from Queen Victoria, which she had received as a wedding gift in 1840 from her uncle the Duke of Sussex. The Queen gave this gift to Beatrice after breakfast on the morning of the wedding.
- a diamond circlet and diamond stars,also from the Queen, and which Beatrice wore on her wedding day and seen on the picture above;
a sapphire and diamond chain bracelet from the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh;
an Indian turquoise and pearl necklace from the Duke and Duchess of Connaught - the necklace - ;
a diamond brooch and a beaten gold brooch with diamond trefoil from Grand Duke of Hesse;
a diamond tiara with cabochon sapphire from her parents-in-law Prince Alexander of Hesse and Princess of Battenberg -more about the jewel-;
a sapphire and diamond brooch - to correspond the tiara - from the Prince of Bulgaria- -more-;
pale blue enamel bracelet with pearls containing hair of the Duchess of Gloucester from the Duchess of Cambridge;
gold brooch with sapphires from Hereditary Princess of Saxe-Meiningen;
a gold bracelet with the inscription Moretta from Princess Victoria of Prussia;
pearl and ruby horseshoe to be worn as a pendant or brooch from the Princess of Leiningen;
a sapphire and diamond ring from the Princess Philip of Saxe-Coburg
a lace fan with small painting mounted in beaten gold with small uncut sapphire and diamonds - from GD Serge & Elizabeth Feodorwna of Russia
gold fan with diamond monogram given by the Duke and Duchess of Coburg
Gifts of jewellery from others:
a large diamond butterfly from Empress Eugenie - pinned on her decollete above;
a diamond pendant with a pink pearl in the centre from Sir Nathaniel and Lady de Rothschild;
a pearl brooch in the shape of double hearts from Rev. D. and Mrs. Taylor;
Marguerite-shaped diamond earrings from Rev. F.B. Macnamara;
Brooch with enamel and pearls from Lord Napier of Magdala;
a gold half-bracelet set with 13 diamonds with rose diamonds set in the corners from the residents of Windsor;
a diamond locket with sapphire centre from the masters of Eton;
a diamond and pearl bracelet from the students of Eton;
a diamond brooch given by the Hants and Isle of Wight Bee-keepers Association - see above
Ring, emerald and diamond double hearts from the Countess of Cork and Orrery;
Gold open work basket from Lord and Lady Sackville;
a diamond bee brooch with uncut ruby body from Earl and Countess of Bradford;
Brooch in enamel, diamond and pearls - from Mrs Stratton;
Gold bouquet holder set with turquoises from Rev.R.W. and Mrs Burnaby;
Jade Ornament brought back from china by Generald Gordon in 1865, a gem of bright gems belonged to Emperor Chien Lung
Sources: The Scotsman; Illustrated London News;Bury; Graphics; York/Stoney;Court Newsman.
Again many, many thanks to Laura for her research.
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