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Re: Saxe-Coburg and Gotha Emerald Necklace Tiara
I wonder if the selling of these heirlooms had something to do with the successful 1966 lawsuit by Princess Caroline of Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha against the family foundations to increase her monthly allowance. From what I've read the foundations were in such dire need of a cash injection that they sold off properties in the seventies.
I published an article on the Saxe-Coburg and Gotha Emerald Necklace Tiara, HERE , to mark Bicentenary of the Birth of Duchess Alexandrine of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. I've been researching this Tiara for the past two years and am really excited to share this with you all.
This Necklace/Tiara was a wedding gift from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert to their sister-in-law, Duchess Alexandrine, and was worn by their own granddaughter-in-law, Princess Victoria Adelaide, Duchess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, remaining in the Saxe-Coburg and Gotha family until 1967, when it was sold at Sotheby’s.
While I didn't find an image of Duchess Alexandrine wearing the Emerald Necklace Tiara, I did find one of her wearing this other necklace of Emeralds and Diamonds with a Diamond Tiara for a Portrait taken around the time of her Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1893, which was also sold at Sotheby’s in 1967.
I really hope you enjoy this as much as I did and wonder if you may have any other information or images!