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Help with identification - is it Queen Alexandra?
Posted by Kongetro
on March 12, 2021, 5:12 am
In 1874 the Russian czar visited London and a State Banquet was held at Windsor. I came across this illustration covering this event and I am now wondering if the lady pictured sitting to Queen Victoria's left could be Queen Alexandra, then Princess of Wales? I have only been able to find one newspaper article detailing the seating plan and it doesn't really match the illustration. The article says that to the left of the Queen she had Grand Duke Alexis. It goes on to say that to the left of Grand Duke Alexis sat the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Edinburgh. Then it says that to the right of the Czar were the Princess of Wales and then the Duchess of Edinburgh.
In fact, looking at the illustration it looks like it is the Duchess of Edinburgh (the Czar's daughter) sitting to his immediate right - though of course it is difficult to say for sure. But her features seem to match better the Duchess.
Are there any articles out there that matches better the illustration perhaps?
Now, if the lady to the right of Grand Duke Alexis is
Alexandra, what tiara is she wearing? It has a "crown-like" shape with pointy sections. Is it the Rundell tiara, only depicted a little bit oddly - or could it in fact be the Pearl Festoon tiara now in the care of Princess Michael of Kent??
Any articles describing what was worn by the Princess of Wales?
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