• The Christening of the Prince of Wales, Albert Edward later King Edward VII - 25 January 1842.
A silver-gilt and ivory ladle with a bowl formed as a large matted shell, the whorl rising to a coral branch encrusted with small shells; the ivory shaft is slightly curved and formed in two sections joined by a silver-gilt foliage spray. The handle terminates in a rococo cartouche incorporating the Prince of Wales’s feathers.
The Grand Punch Bowl was originally created as a wine cooler. For the christening of Prince Albert Edward (Edward VII) at Windsor Castle in 1843, Queen Victoria converted the cooler into a punch bowl with the addition of this ladle.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visited the National Theatre to commemorate the institutions 50th anniversary
Prince Albert Edward (later Edward VII) of Great Britain. 1863
Queen Charlotte (1744-1818), with her Two Eldest Sons by Allan Ramsay, 1769 (detail)
The Gloucester diamond+ Turquoise parure
The first owner of this gorgeous parure was Queen Mary of Great Britain as a wedding gift from her parents, the duke and duchess of Teck. As you can see, the tiara was quite different.
Later on, it was modified and gave as a wedding gift to Alice Montagu-Douglas, bride of Prince Henry, duke of Gloucester,
Nowaday, the parure is used by the current duchess of Gloucester, Birgitte.