"Ich, Friedrich Wilhelm Nikolaus Karl, nehme Dich, Viktoria Adelheid
Marie Louise, zu meinem angetrauten Weibe, Dich zu bestzen und zu halten
von diesem Tage an, in Glück und Unglück, in Reichtum und
Armut, in Krankheit und Gesundheit, Dich zu lieben und wertzuhalten,
bis der Tod uns scheidet nach Gottes heiliger Fügung, und darauf
verpfände ich Dir mein treues Wort".
Hierauf wurden die Ringe gewechselt und der Segen über dem neu
vermählten Paar gesprochen.
Als die Zeremonie vorbei war, fand die allgemeine Beglückwünschung
statt. Dann verließ das Brautpaar die Kapelle unter den Klängen
des Hochzeitsmarsches von Mendelssohn. Wir gingen dann alle nach dem
Thronsaal, wo das Protokoll unterzeichnet wurde.
Zur Vermählung des Prinzen Friedrich Wilhelm von
Preußen und der königlichen Prinzessin Viktoria von
Die Festgeschenke. .....
Wenn schon die gute alte Sitte gebot, dem neuvermählten
fürstlichen Paare zum Andenken an seinen Ehrentag Festgaben
darzubringen, so war es in noch höherm Maße der innere
Drang warmer Liebe und Verehrung, welche Fürst und Holf,
Hoch und Niedrig, Land und Städte von Preußen veranlaßte,
die Anfommenden mit Geschenken zu empfangen. Es gehört
in das Gebiet der Unmöglichkeit alle Gaben dieser Art zu verzeichnen; wir müssen uns begnügen einige derselben, die sich
durch besondern Kunstwerth auszeichnen, zur Anschauung zu
Der König und die Königin von Preußen machten der Prinzessin Friedrich Wilhelm ein Brilliantendiadem zum Geschenk.
Es ist von dem k. Hofjuwelier Jean Démessieur nach einer
Zeichnung des Prinzen Albert, Vater der Prinzessin, gearbeitet
und bildet eine Zusammenstellung von Muscheln und Strahlen,
welche auf großen Solitairs ruhen.
Durch eine eigenthümliche
Vorrichtung sind Muscheln und Strahlen abzunehmen und in
den verschiedensten Formen zu Broschen und Haarverzierungen
zusammenzustellen; auch die untere Reihe ist abzunehmen, um
als Kollier getragen zu werden.
Die Brillanten von vorzüglicher Qualität haben ein Gewicht von 240 Karat. Wir sehen oben im Bild, Viktoria mit dem Brillantdiadem.
Elisabeth Ludovika, Prinzessin von Bayern war als Gemahlin Friedrich Wilhelms IV. Königin von Preußen, sie war nicht die Schwiegermutter von Vicky, ein weiteres Geschenk war diese Perlen-Diamant-Brosche:
… The queen led the young couple into a large drawing room to survey their wedding presents. Fritz had brought his bride a necklace of diamonds and turquoise , and his parents had presented her with a string of thirty-six “enormous” pearls , valued by the newspapers at £5,000. (…)
For Vicky there was also a diamond diadem from the King and Queen of Prussia;
It was described as " A lofty open coronet of diamonds, the design of which, with its thin spiers of brilliants and open shell work between, probably one of the most chaste and graceful that has ever been executed.”)
The King and Queen of Prussia gave the Princess Friedrich Wilhelm a brilliant diadem as a gift.
It is from the Court jeweller Jean Démessieur worked according to a drawing by Prince Albert, father of the princess, and forms a collection of shells and rays that rest on large solitaires.
Using a peculiar device, shells and rays can be removed and put together in various shapes to form brooches and hair decorations; the lower row can also be removed to be worn as a necklace.
The brilliant quality diamonds weigh 240 carats. In the picture above we see Victoria with the brilliant diadem.
A dressing case in gold and coral from her grandmother the Duchess of Kent;
Brussels lace from Uncle Leopold;
a diamond "corsage" to be worn as a necklace or head ornament, along with three extra diamond clusters from the Queen; a bracelet and pendant in large emeralds and diamonds from her father; a “parure” of opals and diamonds from both her parents made by J. Turner; and from each of her four sisters a brooch of the same pattern worked in different stones - diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds .
The following information comes from The Times, Jan 27 page 8, Issue 22901
the Princess Royal's wedding presents , including the jewelery, were displayed in one of the state rooms of Buckingham Palace for review by the press and other selected individuals.
Many of the gifts ”. . . were left without anything to indicate the quarter whence they came and the only information beyond the name of the person who gave it which it was in any case possible to obtain was the cost price of almost every article exhibited, and whether it was silver applies, or only applies to “metal.”
"Most of the articles, however, were ticketed with the name of the illustrious individual from who they came, so that a catalog raisonné could be formed which we append, only as a general rule withholding the price list."
Royal gifts :
"a lofty open coronet of diamonds, the design of which, with its thin spiers of brilliants and open shell work between, probably one of the most chaste and graceful that has ever been executed." (King and Queen of Prussia)
“a broad diamond necklace, with a treble row of the most brilliant drops and long pointed terminals . . . "(Queen Victoria)
". . . three massive brooches, somewhat in the style and size of the Scotch plaid brooch , but which, instead of having an open circlet in the middle, are in each case filled with a noble pearl of the very largest size and purity of color. ” (Queen Victoria)
". . . a superb bracelet of brilliants, and emeralds , which is beautiful both in design and execution, and is all together a most costly present. This has additional interest in the eyes of visitors from its being one of the bracelets which the young bride wore at the Chapel Royal on Monday last. ” (Prince Consort)
". . . a suite of earrings, brooch, and necklace of opals and diamonds; but the opals, in play of color and iridescence, are superior to any we have yet seen, and the design of the settings is quite in keeping with the exquisite beauty of the stones they enclose. ” (Prince of Wales)
"But the present of the bridegroom is perhaps the most costly, though in appearance the most simple of any. It is a necklace of pearls, and our readers may easily judge of their value when we say that the necklace, though full sized, only requires 36 to complete the entire circle, which graduates in size from the center, tapering less and less in size of jewels as it approaches each end. The three center pearls in this superb circle are said to be of great value. ” (Prince Frederick William)
" . . . a stomacher brooch of brilliants The stones in this superb ornament are large and of the purest water, and the setting and design are exquisite. ”(Princess of Prussia), Vicky's mother-in-law I take that to mean Princess Augusta, mother of the groom.
". . . a magnificent necklace, with pendants of exquisite design. It is composed of pure brilliants and turquoises , and is called, from the size, rarity, and value of the latter gems, the turquoise necklace. ' (Prince of Prussia) Vicky's father-in-law
". . . a small, but beautifully formed brooch of pearls . . . "(Princess Alice)
". . . the Princesses Helena, Louisa (sic), Victoria (sic) give a massive stud brooch or button, similar in shape to those in diamond and pearl of the Queen's gifts. . . These brooches are of massive gold, ornamented with pearls and emeralds, pearls and rubies, and pearls and sapphires. ” (Princesses Helena, Louise and Beatrice)
". . . a noble bracelet of diamonds and opals ” (Duchess of Cambridge)
“. . . a magnificent bracelet of rubies, diamonds and emeralds "(Duchess of Saxe-Weimar)
". . . plain gold bracelets with enamel miniatures of the givers on each ”(Duke and Duchess of Saxe-Coburg; Vicky's aunt and uncle)
gifts from others
”. . . a diamond and emerald bracelet ”worn on the bride's left arm. ". . . a splendid present, and probably equal in value to the Prince's is much inferior to it in design, and still more so in the manner in which it is set. ” (Gentlemen of the Royal Household)
From the Illustrated London News No. 902. Vol XXXII, Feb. 6, 1858, page 132
"The opals are stated in the Morning Post to have been the present of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and the emeralds of His Royal Highness the Prince Consort."
“… Magnificent opal and diamond suite. . . composed of jewels of the very finest quality procurable, and set in the slightest possible manner, to show the beauties of this splendid gem.
The suite consists of necklace, earrings and a brooch, forming also a bracelet center. The pendants on either side of the center opal are five large diamonds . ” The opal suite and the emerald suite were manufactured by Mr. J. Turner of New-bond Street.
a diamond “corsage” with three additional ornaments to be worn either as a necklace or head ornament (from Queen Victoria),
a bracelet and pendant of enormous emeralds and diamonds “The gems are of unusually fine quality and fine size.” (from the Prince Consort)
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