Princess Victoria was born on 24 May 1819 at Kensington Palace where she grew up alone with her mother, the Duchess of Kent, and spent what she would later recall as a lonely and unhappy childhood.
She became queen at just 18 years old and held her first Privy Council meeting in Kensington Palace’s Red Saloon.
A glittering suite of jewels specially commissioned for Queen Victoria by her beloved Prince Albert is on display.
Comprising a magnificent diamond and emerald tiara, emerald necklace, earrings and brooch, this matching suite of jewels showcases both the exquisite workmanship of nineteenth century goldsmiths, and Prince Albert’s own flair for design.
The collection constitutes the only known example of a tiara design by a consort for his Queen. Presented to Victoria in 1845, the diadem was created to complement a necklace formed of nine oval emerald clusters, each set within a border of cushion-shaped diamonds.
The accompanying pendant earrings and an impressive 20ct emerald and diamond brooch, both of which were also gifts from Albert, were worn by Victoria for her son Prince Alfred’s christening as well as portraits by Franz Xavier Winterhalter in 1846 and 1859.
This belonged to Queen Victoria’s granddaughter, Princess Louise. A remarkable Kokoshnik style tiara with graduated pavé-set rays of diamonds in white and yellow gold, takes inspiration from the cockscomb style headdresses of the Romanov court, and reflects the familial web created by Queen Victoria’s descendants throughout Europe.
As with Queen Victoria’s diamond and emerald parure, the Kokosnhik tiara is on display at Kensington Palace on long-term loan from the estate of the 3rd Duke of Fife.
The majestic Fife tiara was given to Queen Victoria’s granddaughter Princess Louise on her wedding day. A gift from Louise’s husband the Duke of Fife, it comprises hundreds of diamonds ranging in weight from one to ten carats, and features a spectacular row of pear shaped ‘swing set’ diamonds, which would have dazzled onlookers when worn.
Enjoy a regal afternoon tea with our Royal Victoria blue tea cup and saucer set. Available exclusively from Historic Royal Palaces, the design is inspired by one of Victoria's most iconic crowns and by the pattern found on her wedding dress.