: "Queen Victoria was allowed to keep the
: diamond small crown (after 20 years of
: inheritance disputes to the Hanoverian crown
: jewels), which traditionally bear the royal
: brides of Hanover. This is still owned by
: the Queen and they lend each for wedding day
: to the house of Hanover."
I have the following in my notes and do think the tiny crown was returned once more to Hanover:
In Twining, there is a much longer tale of moving the treasure and jewels about over some years, even buried in the ground.
Eventually, the tiny crown was hidden in the lace bonnet of Countess Kielmansegge and the "courageous , wonderful old lady travelled all the way to Vienna with this heavy ponderous piece of jewellery on her head. The jewels were sewn into the clothes of five ladies........"
Eventually transported to England.
In the Windsor Archive is a note of December 1948 by Queen Mary. [Drum roll and cheers !!]
Queen Mary wrote After reading the enclosed story about the saving of the Hanoverian Crown Jewels in 1866, I remembered that my Aunt the Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz had told me that when she was coming to England on a visit in 1870, when she arrived at Calais to embark in her special steamer (in those days every member of the royal family was given a special steamer for crossing the Channel), a Hanoverian lady she knew met her and asked whether the Grand Duchess would give her a passage to England because she had the Hanoverian crown jewels sewn into her dress and that the crown was inside her hat, she was to deposit them in the Bank of England in London for safe keeping. Of course the Grand Duchess consented readily. This lady must have been the Countess Kielmansegge mentioned in the story.
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