Wedding Princess Sophia of Prussia | Queen Consort of the Hellenes| Greece Royal Jewels | Marriage gifts and presents
Princess Sophie's wedding presents were not exhibited to the public. The crown princess of the Hellenes got:
From Emperor William - her brother
a diadem - a graceful triple-rowed construction, very hight, the turquoise of great size and diamonds and three rows of turquoises, each larger than the other, and rising one above another, are surrounded by elegant arabesques. The largest turquoises, in the form of pears, from crownshaped points, set around with diamonds. Towards both ends the diadem becomes narrower.
the necklace has the form of bows of ribbons, worked in diamonds, with large turquoises for the knots,between three lines of diamonds ( -like the two bracelet or the choker, of Princess Astrid of Norway?)
a matching brooch of diamonds and turquoises
Attached to the necklace was a magnificent and very valuable cross inlaid with exceptionally beautiful turquoises.
It was an heirloom of the British royal family that is said to have belonged originally to Queen Anne.
Having come into the possession of Princess Charlotte of Wales, daughter of George IV. her husband, afterwards Leopold of the Belgians, made a present of it to Queen Victoria.
The Queen gave it to the then Princess Royal, who, as Empress Frederick, has now bestowed it upon her daughter.
From her mother has also given her
- a bracelet composed of a large round turquoise surrounded by diamonds, which can also be used as brooches.
Family associations are also attached to this, for it was formerly pinned on the illustrious mother's baptismal robe by her late father, the Prince Consort Albert - as well as he wore it on the famous state ball-in 1841!!
The Empress Frederick has also given her daughter
- a necklace of diamonds and rubies that can also be used as a diadem,
- a necklace of six rows of pearls with a bow of diamonds; eleven rubies, set in diamonds, from falling drops. The ruby which the centrepiece of the large diamond brooch contains is of unusual size, are also the three rubies which, set in diamonds, form the pendeloques.
- a bracelet to match and
The Empress Augusta presented her granddaughter with two stars set in diamonds.
The Queen has sent
- a necklace of diamonds, two magnificent Indian shawls, her Majesty's favourite present, valued at pounds 600, a quantity of Honiton lace, silver ornaments and a bookcase containing her favourite books.
Bracelet of turquoises and diamonds - Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Meiningen- the bride's brother in law
Bracelet of diamonds - Grand Duchess of Saxony
Bracelet of pearls with two rows of diamonds - Duke and Duchess of Bedford
Bracelet which is appended a sapphire surrounded by diamonds - Count and Countess Hohenau
King Humbert handed to the Emperor a splendid tiara of diamonds as a wedding present for Princess Sophie - described it as a magnificent specimen of Italian workmanship
Before taking leave of their Imperial Majesties, at Genoa,
The Czarevitch took the Czar's presents to the bridal couple-
- a valuable set of brilliants for the Princess and a complete tea set of crystal and silver gilded in the Old Russian style for the Crown Prince. The silver plates bear in Russian letters the names Constantine and Sophie. As a present for King George the Czarevitch took four splendid horses
The bride to the groom - a tea service consisting of a kettle, teapot, spirit lamp, milk-jug, sugar-basin and two trays all of silver- for daily use.
A note from her lady-in-waiting about the wedding dress and veil:
"I am sending you a photograph of my Princess in her wedding dress and the lost veil - did I ever tell you that the wedding veil could not be found on the Wedding morning?
It was very tiresome after the Empress had given so much time and trouble and 200 German girls here were engaged for four months over the making of it.
It somehow got packed into the wrong box - there was one great big zinc lined box for all the wedding garments packed by the assistants of the dressmaker who had made the wedding dress. When this was opened the night before the wedding, no veil was to be found.
The Princess had to be ready the next morning at 9o’clock and the Empress commanded that no one in the palace, beyond the members of her own suite should be told as the Greeks are a very superstitious people. So we made up another veil out of some tulle we had with us and the newspaper correspondent who had travelled with us, received a quiet hint not to say anything about the matter, so scarcely anybody knew. The Princess herself was very glad, as she had always wished to wear quite a plain one"
The royal wedding dress, the skirt and body are of the richest white satin, and are real works of art. tablier of silver brocade, made in Lyons, fastened with rich feather trimming and genuine hand-made Venetian lace, which sets off the silver brilliantly, is inserted in the skirt.
The body this lace decoration continued trimming, and surrounds centre-piece, on which a chaste artistic ornament is embroidered in silver threads and silver cords.
Both skirt and body are adorned with narrow twists of myrtles and orange-blossoms. The skirt this white and green decoration, with its suggestion of vernal fragrance, falls from the waist to the lower border, round which runs as edging. On the right side splendid bouquet the same blossoms is added below.
The finest thing of all the round train, more than lift long and nearly sft. broad, the white satin of which is embroidered with a splendid Renaissance tendril pattern of silver threads and cords low and high relief. The effect of this robe extremely beautiful.
The enormous trim of brocaded silk was held by the three maids honour.
There is no painting or picture with the turquoise jewels worn by the Crown Princess or Queen Consort Sophie in public.
So I use her famous diamond tiara as picture, I think, the ear pendants are from the turquoise-set.
Probably Queen Sophia sold the turquoises to her royal family - because it's known, Queen Alexandra of Great Britain, helped her cousins:
October 16, 1915
The court are very bitter about the ingratitude of the King and Queen (Sophie) of Greece for the latter have received so much financial aid from the (english) Royal Family.*
Probably the way of the royal-imperial turquoises are :
From Queen Alexandra - given to Queen Maud of Norway then to her daughter-in-law Maerthe Crown Princess of Norway>>
The turquoises are now in the possession of Princess Astrid of Norway - it match perfect the describtion of the details.
Sources:DoverExpress;, London Evening Standards; 1889 Post;The Graphic;ILN;The Star;Guernsey-1889 Berliner Börsen Zeitung; *Letters from Robert FitzGerald’s grandfather, Robert Joseph Willan, to his wife Dorothy tell of shooting parties, jokes, temper tantrums, illnesses and personalities at Sandringham during part of 1915Mr Willan, a Royal Navy surgeon, had been commanded by King George V to oversee the health of one of his sons, Prince Albert
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