Today marks the 170th Anniversary of the Birth of Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna, Duchess of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha and Edinburgh, who was born on this day in 1853! The imperious Romanov Grand Duchess who became Queen Victoria’s daughter-in-law and the Consort of a Sovereign German Duke, the Tsar’s only daughter came to England with a spectacular jewellery collection which became the source of family strife!
Notable Appearances: The Coronation of her nephew, Tsar Nicholas II, in 1896 and the Coronation of her nephew, King George V, in 1911.
Fate: Left to Princess Beatrice, Duchess of Galliera, who sold it to her sister, Queen Marie of Romania, and was in turn inherited by her daughter, Queen Marie of Yugoslavia, who sold it at Auction in 1960. Now unknown.
Notable Appearances: The Coronation of her nephew, Tsar Nicholas II, in 1896
Origin: House of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha
Fate: Passed on to Princess Victoria Adelaide, Duchess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Albany and likely broken up following the First World War
Origin: Unknown, possibly made by Faberge
Notable Appearances: The Wedding of the Grand Duke of Hesse, to her daughter, Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, in 1894 and the Wedding of the Duke of Schleswig-Holstein and Princess Dorothea of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in 1898
Notable Appearances: Russian State Banquet at Windsor Castle in 1874
Fate: Given as a wedding gift to her daughter, Grand Duchess Victoria Feodorovna of Russia, and likely sold after the Russian Revolution
Notable Appearances: Portrait in 1880s