Monday, 23 May 2016

Jewels of Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria (24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was the monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death. From 1 May 1876, she used the additional title of Empress of India.

Victoria was the daughter of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, the fourth son of King George III. She inherited the throne at the age of 18, after her father's three elder brothers had all died, leaving no legitimate, surviving children.

The small Diamond Crown was worn by Queen Victoria for her official Diamond Jubilee portrait.

The Oriental Circlet was made in 1853 by R. & S. Garrard & Co.
Victoria married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, in 1840. Their nine children married into royal and noble families across the continent, tying them together and earning her the nickname "the grandmother of Europe".

Her reign of 63 years and seven months is longer than that of any other British monarch and the longest of any female monarch in history. She was the last British monarch of the House of Hanover.

Coronation ring made for Queen Victoria.

A sapphire surrounded by twelve round diamonds was given to Queen Victoria by Prince Albert on February 9, 1840 at Buckingham Palace. It was the day before their wedding.

The Strawberry Leaf Ruby Diamond Coronet was one of the favourite jewels of Queen Victoria.