Princess Louise was the second youngest daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The diamond daisy brooches were a present to Princess Louise from three of her siblings – Prince Arthur, Prince Leopold and Princess Beatrice – on the occasion of her marriage to the Marquess of Lorne (then heir to the Dukedom of Argyll).
|Princess Louise on her wedding day wearing the daisies to support her veil (left), and Princess Marina wearing the larger daisy as a brooch
The Duchess of Argyll remained close to her family members and was one of Edward VII’s favourite sisters. Her favourite sibling was Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany and she was devastated by his death in 1884. Her favourite family members among the younger generation were the Duke and Duchess of Kent.
|Princess Alexandra wearing the diamond daisies as a brooch
Princess Marina left the daisy brooches to her son, Prince Michael of Kent. The current owner is his wife, Princess Michael, who can often be seen wearing the daisies. Marie Christine had them slightly modified so now the smaller brooches can also be worn as earrings. Princess Michael has always been original with her jewellery, so the daisies can be worn as brooches, earrings and as a pendant of a necklace (on a black ribbon).
|Princess Michael wearing one of the daisies on a ribbon (left), and in tiara-like formation (right)
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