At Davies & Son we have much history with ﬁtting monarchy, although we cannot be sure of what they ordered, these were a few of our past clients….
Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia
Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich (1878-1918) was technically the last Tsar of all the Russias. The younger brother of Tsar Nicholas II was brieﬂy declared Emperor of Russia after Nicholas abdicated for he and his haemophiliac son Alexei. The order was revoked and Alexander was a free man unlike his brother and family who were placed under house arrest, shipped out to Sibera and shot in the cellar of the Ipatiev House in Ekaterinburg.
HIH the Empress Frederick of Germany
The Empress Frederick (1841-1901) was born Princess Victoria of Great Britain to Queen Victoria and her consort Prince Albert. A precocious child and favourite of her father, Vicky was educated more intensively than her less intelligent younger brother the heir Bertie (the future King Edward VII). By her
ﬁfth birthday, Vicky could speak French, German, Latin and Greek. She was also schooled in philosophy, arithmetic, geography, history and politics in preparation of a dynastic marriage,
Vicky met her future husband the Crown Prince Frederick of Prussia in 1861 when he visited London to see Prince Albert’s
Great Exhibition in the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park. He was struck by Vicky’s intelligence, her intellectual curiosity and simplicity. After writing to Vicky for years, Fritz was invited to Balmoral where he proposed to the ﬁfteen-year old Princess Royal. Prussia disapproved of its Crown Prince marrying an English princess but his uncle King Frederic Wilhelm was an Anglophile and blessed the marriage in the Chapel Royal of St. James’s Palace where Mendelsson’s Wedding March was played for the ﬁrst time.
HRH Duke of York (King George
King George V (1885-1936) reigned from 1911 to 1936 in arguably the most turbulent period in British constitutional aﬀairs and world politics. World War I deposed his cousins Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. He was forced to change the Royal Family name from Saxe-Coburg Gotha to the more Anglicised House of Windsor and weathered the storms of Socialism, Communism, Fascism, Irish Republicanism and the Indian Independence Movement. He was the only British King Emperor to attend his own Coronation Durbar in India in 1911 and oversaw the formation of the Commonwealth, the victory of the House of Commons over the House of Lords for supremacy and lived just long enough to see his eldest son the Prince of Wales (the future King Edward VIII) ruin himself for the love of twice-divorced American Wallis Simpson.