The Danish princess remained a prime candidate for a bride of Russia’s imperial family. In 1864, the Tsarevich Nicholas (“Nixa”) accordingly paid a visit to Denmark. Nixa promptly became infatuated with the comely princess. In reporting his impressions, Nixa wrote to his mother excitedly: “How can I describe her? She is so pretty, direct, intelligent, lively yet at the same time shy. She is even prettier in real life than in the portraits that we had seen so far. Her eyes speak for her: they are so kind, intelligent, animated.” Dagmar greatly appreciated the twenty-one-year-old tsarevich, a slightly built, intelligent young man who was popular with all who knew him. His teachers referred to the heir as “Russia’s hope” as well as “a brilliant young man.” Grand Duke Constantine was no less enthusiastic about his nephew, this future tsar, referring to Nixa as “the crown of perfection.”
3 / ∞ : Family of Tsar Alexander III & Tsarina Maria Feodorovna
From left to right: Tsar Alexander III, Tsarevich Nicholas Alexandrovich, Tsarina Maria Feodorovna, (front) Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich, (behind) Grand Duke George Alexandrovich and Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna. Missing is Grand Duchess Olga who was an infant at the time.
Originally owned by Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia, the tiara was bought by Queen Mary after the Russians went into exile. As Maria was born Princess Dagmar, sister to British Queen Alexandra, it’s rather fitting that her tiara ended up in England.
Mary left the tiara to the Queen Mother, who lent it to Princess Margaret on several occasions.