Albert & Victoria
At her engagement in 1839, Albert presented Victoria with a brooch cast in gold and porcelain, in the shape of an orange blossom.
Henceforth, the flower became a symbol for the royal couple and their famous love story.
From the lace of Victoria’s wedding dress to her bridal bouquet and gifts from Albert throughout the years, orange blossom was ever-present.
The complementary pair of scents made by the Crown Perfumery Company of course included the vibrant and exhilarating scent of orange blossom.
Today Clive Christian pay tribute to this timeless love story by presenting certain perfumes in pairs, exquisite apart and extraordinary together.
A letter from Albert to Victoria on the day of their engagement reads:
“How is it that I have deserved so much love, so much affection? I cannot get used to the reality of all that I see and hear, and have to believe that Heaven has sent me an angel whose brightness shall illumine my life.”
The 18th century was in the era of arranged royal marriages, so the mutual interest and love between the young Queen Victoria and her Prince was both fortunate and highly romantic.
Introduced to each other by family members, Victoria was swept off her feet by Albert’s many attractive features, describing her love in her private diaries. Despite their distance, the two exchanged letters between England and Germany, fueling the blossoming romance.
A Timeless Love Story Lives On
Sadly Prince Albert died in 1861, and Victoria was desolate. She remained in mourning for the rest of her life as a final dedication to her one true love. Garrards of London were tasked with creating a small crown to sit on top of her widow’s lace cap.
The small diamond tiara comprised an openwork silver frame set with 1,187 brilliant-cut and rose-cut diamonds, and was first worn for the opening of parliament in 1871.
This crown became part of an iconic image of Queen Victoria as well as the emerging Crown Perfumery Company to whom she bestowed the honour of using the likeness of her crown in 1872. This crown is still seen to this day on top of every bottle of Clive Christian.
Queen Victoria’s Engagement
In 1839, the pair were reunited, and after a couple of days spent together at Windsor Castle, Victoria proposed to Albert. Whilst Albert deeply wished to ask the Queen for her hand himself, he knew that custom dictated otherwise, and accepted her proposal.
To celebrate their engagement, Albert gifted Victoria a brooch, cast in gold and porcelain, wrought in the shape of orange blossom as a symbol of his unending true love.
This innocent flower became a symbol for the royal couple, from its use to scent the corsets made for the Queen by William Sparks Thomson, to the complementary perfumes created for the royal couple by Clive Christian’s predecessor, The Crown Perfumery.