Großfürstin Wladimir, Maria Pawlowna
The Grand Duchess Vladimir of Russia, Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna's Imperial Coronation Brooch, of the russian crown in diamond, made by Faberge, for the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra. Presented to her on 24th of May 1896.
The coronation in Moscow on May 26th 1896 was the most opulent celebration which I ever witnessed. It bordered close to the Oriental and lasted for 10 days. In Moscow the cathedral was filled with paintings on gold ground of saints and all priests were dressed in gold robes applied with embroidery and precious stones. A very deep feeling of mysticism was in all the ceremonies and you could feel the tradition of Byzance... And following the prayer for the Emperor he gets up and then is the only person standing at that moment in the whole Russian Empire... To look at all this must have been like a fantastic dream because the sun was shining on all.
- - Ernest Louis, Grand Duke of Hesse, Brother of Empress Alexandra,
Coronation Gift Brooch Imperial Presentation Brooch, Imperial Crown.
Protocol prohibited any crowned sovereign from witnessing the coronation. : 359 However, in 1896, exceptions were made for Tsar Nicholas II's mother, Maria Feodorovna, and Nicholas' aunt-by-marriage, Queen Olga of Greece, a Romanov grand duchess by birth and consort of Nicholas' maternal uncle, King George I.: 359
Alexandra Feodorovna Empress
Maria Feodorovna Empress Dowager
Elizabeth Feodorovna, Grand Duchess Ella
Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna
Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna
Maria Pavlovna Grand Duchess Vladimir
Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovitch
Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna, Duchess of Edinburgh
Grand Duchess Alexandra Iosifovna Konstantinova
Grand Duchess Anastasia Michailovna
Grand Duchess Vera Konstantinova, Württemberg
Grand Duchess Marikevna
Grand Duchess Militza Nikolajevna Montenegro -
Grand Duchess Nikolaievna - Romanovsky -
Grand Duchess Elena - Sachsen-Altenburg daughter of Grand Duchess Catherine Mikhailovna of Russia -Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Grand Duchess Olga Queen of Greece
Grand Duchess Beauharnais Leuchtenberg
To compare, the Coronation Egg, made from gold with translucent lime yellow enamel on a guilloché field of starbursts and is in reference to the cloth-of-gold robe worn by the Tsarina at her Coronation.
The imperial egg was presented in 1897, together with a glass-enclosed jadeite stand for the display of the carriage at a cost of 5650 rubles.