Today marks the 80th Anniversary of the death of Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, the fascinating artistic daughter of Queen Victoria, and to mark the date, we are taking a look at one of her heirloom jewels which are still worn today, the Argyll-Kent Daisy Brooches!
In 1873, Princess Louise received these three Garrard Diamond Daisy Brooches as a wedding gift from her siblings, Prince Arthur, Prince Leopold and Princess Beatrice, ahead of her marriage to the Marquess of Lorne, heir to the Dukedom of Argyll, and wore the Daisy Brooches to hold her veil in place on her wedding day, and later in a portrait by Angeli.
Princess Louise had no children, and after her death, the Argyll Daisy Brooches were inherited by her great-nephew, the Duke of Kent, along with reportedly the Kent Festoon Tiara. The brooches were worn by Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent traditionally, as well as with a pearl pendant, pinned to her hats and the clasp of a choker.
In 1953, the Duchess loaned the large Daisy Brooch to her daughter, Princess Alexandra, for the Coronation of her cousin, Queen Elizabeth II, in 1953, after which she was photographed by Cecil Beaton.
After Princess Marina’s death in 1968, the Argyll Daisy Brooches were inherited by her younger son, Prince Michael, and have been worn in a variety of versatile ways by his wife, Princess Michael, including as a tiara, earrings, pendant, and set into a larger brooch. There is no doubt we will continue to see the Duchess of Argyll’s Daisy Brooches for years to come.