A Pair of Royal Presentation Entente Cordiale Cufflinks, 1905
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18 carat yellow gold oval panels, each link with one panel set with the State Imperial Crown over the joint ‘EA’ cypher of Edward VII ( and Queen Alexandra ( ) in gold and enamels on a white enamel ground; and the other set with crossed a Tricolore and White Ensign. Each with figure of eight link. The reverse of each panel marked ‘Benzie Cowes’ and 18ct. Cased.
The present pair of royal presentation cufflinks were undoubtedly made to mark the Review of the Anglo-French Fleet in Cowes Roads during the annual yachting regatta in August 1905. The review marked the ‘Entente Cordiale’ that was signed in April 1904 by which many international questions were settled between Britain and France, with particular regard to Egypt, Morocco, West Africa, Madagascar and Newfoundland.
On 7 August 1905, under perfect weather conditions and gun salutes were exchanged, and Admiral Caillard and his officers were received on board the Royal Yacht Victoria & Albert III by the King. That evening the British and French fleets were illuminated to specular effect, while senior French officers were entertained with other guests on board the royal yacht, prior to a display of fireworks.