A Royal Presentation Stick Pin
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In the form of yellow gold, rose cut diamond set double ‘B’ cypher of set bound by the coronet of a princess of the United Kingdom. Contained in its original gilt tooled red morocco presentation box by Woodruff and Horsfield, Royal Arcade, Bond Street, London. Weight approx 2.1g
Provenance: Presented by H.R.H. Princess Beatrice gifted
to Sir Alfred Rice-Oxley, (1856-1941) Physician-in-Ordinary to Princess Beatrice.
Princess Beatrice (1857-1944), later Princess Henry of Battenberg, was the fifth daughter and youngest child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Beatrice. Despite the Queen’s wish that she should not marry, Beatrice had many suitors, including Louis Napoléon, Prince Imperial. There was talk of a possible marriage, but he was killed in the Anglo-Zulu War in 1879.
Beatrice married Prince Henry of Battenberg in 1885. Queen Victoria consented on condition that Beatrice and Henry make their home with her and that Beatrice continue her duties as the Queen's unofficial secretary. The Prince and Princess had four children. In 1896, Breatrice was widowed when Prince Henry died of malaria on active service during the Ashanti campaign. Beatrice remained at her mother's side until Queen Victoria died on 22 January 1901. She devoted the next 30 years to editing Queen Victoria's journals as her designated literary executor and continued to make public appearances. She died at 87, outliving all her siblings, all of her siblings' spouses, two of her children, one of whom was killed in action while serving with the K.R.R.C. at Ypres in 1914.