Royal Marriage Gifts Presents to Alexandra Duchess of Fife| Wedding Jewels Diamond Bandeau Necklace |Princess Arthur of Connaught
Hochzeits Schmuck Diamant Juwelen Halsband Diadem der Prinzessin Arthur von Connaught | Herzogin von Fife
Das Diamant Halsband in Blattornamentik mit Sternförmigem Diamant Mittelpunkt erhielt Alexandra, die Herzogin von Fife, anlässlich der Hochzeit mit dem Prinzen Arthur von Connaught, von ihren Schwiegerelten, der Herzogin und dem Herzog von Connaught.
Alexandra Duchess of Fife| Wedding Jewels Diamond Bandeau Collar Necklace |Princess Arthur of Connaught
In the picture above, Princess Alexandra wears the famous Massin Diamond tiara inherited from her mother, the Duchess of Fife.
The wedding present from The Duke and Duchess of Connaught, her parents-in-law, was this
diamond collar necklet with a large star-like centre of diamonds in a leaf pattern. The 2nd Duchess of Fife is seen wearing it in the picture taken in Westminster Abbey on the occasion of the Coronation of George VI in 1937. She probably wore it together with other gifts given to her such as a diamond and ruby bracelet, and an old diamond, ruby and sapphire collar and diamond brooch.
Her studio portrait taken to commemorate George V's coronation shows her wearing the famous diamond Massin tiara but with two diamond collett necklaces in the place of the diamond collar necklet.
The Massin diamond tiara, which is since the year 2017 (The Acceptance in Lieu scheme enables taxpayers to transfer important works of art and other heritage objects into public ownership while paying Inheritance Tax or one of its earlier forms. The taxpayer is given the full open market value of the item which is then allocated to a public museum, archive or library.The Massin Diamond tiara is then located in the Historic Royal Palaces (Kensington Palace) and the value was £1,400,000.
Interesting, a note about the Crown of Diamonds- as a wedding gift from the younger members of the royal family. The design is composed alternately of ducal strawberry leaves and thistles. It had been proposed to use coloured stones for the thistles but the Royal bride prefers diamonds through out and her wish in this respect gratiued, could that be her dukal coronet? Because it is setted with stones in the leaf?
The bridegroom gave to each of the bridesmaids a diamond and aquamarine pendant, with a coronet and hanging diamonds. Could be seen in the wedding-group picture above.
Source:Yorkshire Evening Post;AberdeenPost;artscouncil,Cultural Gifts Scheme & Acceptance in Lieu;
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