• Queen Victoria marrying Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (February 10, 1840)
  • Victoria, Princess Royal, on her wedding day to Prince Frederick William of Prussia. later Emperor Frederick III of Germany (January 25, 1858)
  • Princess Alice on her wedding day to Prince Louis of Hesse, later Grand Duke Louis IV of Hesse (July 1, 1862)
  • Princess Helena on her wedding day to Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein (July 5, 1866)
  • Princess Louise on her wedding day to John Campbell, Marquess of Lorne, later Duke of Argyll (March 21, 1871)
  • Princess Beatrice on her wedding day to Prince Henry of Battenberg (July 23, 1885)

Princesses Alix and Maria of Hesse-Darmstadt, the youngest children of Princess Alice of the United Kingdom. Marie “May” would die at four years old of diptheria, elder “Alicky” would become the last Empress of Russia and die in a hail of bullets meant for her, her husband and five children.

miawallace138  asked:

I know that Queen Elizabeth's engagement ring features a diamond from Prince Philip's, mother's, tiara. Do you have a picture of that particular tiara? I have always been curious about it. Thanks!!! ♡

Yes, the tiara is a bit of a mystery.  It’s generally assumed that the large gemstones at the top of the tiara are aquamarines but we don’t know for certain.  As for how Princess Alice acquired the tiara, it’s possible that it’s the tiara that was a wedding gift from Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra of Russia, Princess Alice’s uncle and aunt.  Here she is wearing the tiara through the changing styles of the early 1900s.

The tiara was used by Prince Philip not only to create the engagement ring but also a diamond bracelet that was his wedding gift to Queen Elizabeth II.  Both jewels were made by Philip Antrobus and the bracelet has been most recently loaned out to the Duchess of Cambridge.

The British royal family at Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. 1953.

Group includes: Princess Alexandra of Kent, Prince Michael of Kent, Princess Marina (Duchess of Kent), Prince Henry (Duke of Gloucester), Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Prince Edward of Kent, Princess Mary (Countess of Harewood), Prince William of Gloucester, Prince Richard of Gloucester and Princess Alice (Duchess of Gloucester). 


Among the numerous offspring of Queen Victoria perhaps no other suffered as tragic a fate as two of her granddaughters Princesses Elisabeth (*1864) and Alix (*1872), children of Princess Alice of the United Kingdom and Grand Duke Ludwig IV of Hesse. Blue-eyed and golden-haired, they were both undisputed beauties of the family with loving and happy dispositions, however the untimely death of their mother in 1878 signalled both change in the course of their lives and introduced solemnity and melancholy into the character of the younger sister. Virtually adopted by Queen Victoria, Ella and Alicky were to play major roles in political and human disaster of Europe in years to come. When Ella married Grand Duke Sergei of Russia in 1884, in spite of loud opposition from her formidable grandmother, she unknowingly set in motion a chain of seemingly minor events that eventually led to her younger sister to fall in love and marry Tsarevich Nicholas Alexandrovich in 1894, again to great disaproval of the English monarch.

Grand Duchess Elizaveta Fyodorovna and Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna, as they were now styled, found little happiness in their exalted positions. The patronizing manners and difficult personality of Grand Duke Sergei, as well as the couple´s childlessness, made Ella´s life complicated. Still in her devotion she further suffered when her husband was killed by a revolutionary bomb in 1905. Meanwhile the painfully shy Alix suffered through the unavoidable social events and faced growing unpopularity, mainly because she failed to give Russia a male heir for first ten years of her marriage. When her son Alexei was finally born in 1904, it was soon apparent he was a victim of hemophilia. His mother never knew a moment´s peace since that day.

In the growing dark of political and social struggle Russia was going through, the two German Princesses found comfort in embracing their new country and particularly its faith, both becoming devout Orthodox Christians. Free of her marital status, Ella became a nun and dedicated her life to care of the poor and sick. When the Great War errupted in 1914, Alix found new purpose in personally caring for the injured, and organizing sanitary trains, hospitals, orphanages and other helpful institutions. Her own inexperience in political field, unfortunately, led to further deterioration of order in an already unstable government, adding the proverbial straw that ultimately broke the camel´s back.

After the revolution both sisters were arrested and held prisoner for several long months, with other members of the Romanov family, and together with them they were brutally massacred. In early morning hours of 17th July 1918 Alix and her family met their end in hail of bullets, a mere day later Ella and several Romanov Princes were thrown into an abandoned mineshaft, followed by grenades.


White gowns in art:

1) John Everett Millais, Black Brunswicker, 1860.

2) Richard Buckner, Countess of Dunmore, 1860.

3) Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Portrait of Adelina Patti, 1860

4) Richard Lauchert - Princess Alexandra of Wales, 1862

5) Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Portrait of Alexandra of Denmark, Princess of Wales, 1864

6) Princess Dagmar of Denmark, Empress Maria Feodorovna, 1863

7) Alexis Joseph Pérignon, Portrait of Mademoiselle Mathilde de Nédonchel, 1869

8) Sir Frederick Leighton, Portrait of Mrs. Augusta Frederica Annie Magniac, 1866

9) Princess Alice of United Kingdom, 1860s

“Portrait of Princess Alice” (c. 1859-1862) (detail) attributed to William Corden the Younger (1819-1900).