Victoria, Princess Royal with her sister Princess Alice in 1854, both are wearing riding habit.
A gorgeous two piece summer dress by Lucile, 1915.
Lucy Christina, Lady Duff-Gordon, more commonly known by her professional name Lucile, was a milliner, couture dressmaker, fashion trend-setter and all around very interesting woman.
Lucile was noted for her layering of sheer fabrics as can be seen in this 1905 evening dress.
A design for a dramatic navy blue and black evening gown entitled “Oblivion” by Lucile, 1905.
A Princess Elizabeth spam
The Brazilian Aquamarine Parure consists of one of the most modern jewels in the Queen’s collection. The first pieces of the parure are the earrings and the necklace; in 1953, the President and People of Brazil presented them to Elizabeth II on the occasion of her coronation.
It had reportedly taken the jewellers a whole year to find the perfectly matched aquamarines but it was worth the effort: the Queen liked the set so much she commissioned a matching tiara in 1957. A year later, the Brazilian Government presented Queen Elizabeth with the final elements of the parure – the bracelet and the brooch.
These lovely daisy brooches come from the collection of Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll. There are three brooches, one large and two smaller ones. They were made by Garrard and are encrusted by diamonds set in white and yellow gold.
Princess Louise was the second youngest daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The diamond daisy brooches were a present to Princess Louise from three of her siblings – Prince Arthur, Prince Leopold and Princess Beatrice – on the occasion of her marriage to the Marquess of Lorne (then heir to the Dukedom of Argyll). On her wedding, Louise wore the daisies in her hair to hold her lace veil in place. The Duchess of Argyll remained close to her family members and was one of Edward VII’s favorite sisters. Her favorite sibling was Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany and she was devastated by his death in 1884. Her favorite family members among the younger generation were the Duke and Duchess of Kent. It therefore came as no surprise that in her will the Duchess of Argyll left several jewels of historic or sentimental value to Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent. Princess Marina occasionally wore the brooches together and separately, in a traditional style or pinned to her hats. Marina’s daughter, Princess Alexandra, also wore the brooches in her youth.
Princess Marina left the daisy brooches to her son, Prince Michael of Kent. The current owner is his wife, Princess Michael, who can often be seen wearing the daisies. Marie Christine had them slightly modified so now the smaller brooches can also be worn as earrings.