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Crown Prince Frederick & Crown Princess Victoria of Prussia Presentation Stickpin
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Crown Prince Frederick & Crown Princess Victoria of Prussia Presentation Stickpin

Circa 1875

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Gold, diamonds and sapphires. The personal gift of the Prince Frederick (afterwards Emperor Frederick III of Germany) and Crown Princess Victoria (formerly The Princess Royal of Great Britain) in the form of their conjoined stylised initials ‘F’ & ‘V’ in gold set with diamonds and sapphires, the whole beneath the Imperial German Crown. 26mm x 16mm. Cased.

Crown Prince Frederick, later Kaiser Frederick III of Germany (1831-1888) and Victoria, Princess Royal of Great Britain, later Empress Frederick (1840-1901) were married in 1858. Victoria inherited a liberal political outlook from her father Prince Albert, which chimed with that of Frederick. Raised in the Hohenzollern military tradition, Frederick proved an effective soldier during the Second Schleswig, Austro-Prussian and Franco-Prussian wars, but he was also widely acknowledged for his humanitarian conduct. He opposed Otto von Bismarck’s policy of unifying Germany through force. Frederick and Victoria planned to rule as consorts, like Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, and to reform what they saw as flaws in the executive branch of government that Bismarck had created for himself. The office of Chancellor, responsible to the Emperor, would be replaced with a British-style cabinet, with ministers responsible to the Reichstag. However Frederick ruled as Emperor for a just 99 days before dying in 1888. Thereafter, their eldest son Wilhelm II kept Victoria at a distance. As Empress Dowager she built Friedrichshof castle - named in honour of her husband, where she spent most of the year with her younger daughters, and only left when she travelled abroad. Contrary to the desires of the Kaiser Wilhelm, who preferred that she leave Germany permanently, Victoria formed her own court and maintained close relations with liberal circles

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