Emerald and Diamond Corsage Ornament. Originally belonged to Elisabeth (1815-1885) Princess Karl of Hessen-Darmstadt, born Princess of Prussia, who left it to her grand-daughter Victoria (sister of Alexandra of Hessen, later the Empress of Russia), later to become the first Marchioness of Milford Haven. She in turn left it to her daughter, Queen Louise of Sweden. The Fürst of Thurn and Taxis bought it for his wife, Princess Gloria in 1982.
Duchess Helene in Bavaria Helene was supposed to marry Emperor Franz-Josef of Austria. But he chose her younger sister Elisabeth (Sisi) which pitched Helene into a deep depression. She finally married Maximilian Anton of Thurn & Taxis who died aged 36. Helene dedicated her life to charitable activities and was involved in the House of Thurn and Taxis' business affairs, she first lead the family until her oldest son reached his majority and again after he died. She was born on 4 April 1834
Abb. Anonymer Photograph, Das Erbprinzenpaar Helene und Maximilian Anton mit den beiden Töchtern Elisabeth (sitzend, geb. 1860) und Luisa (geb. 1859), um 1863 Schloß St. Emmeram. Lit.: BAUMANN, Dissertation mikrofiche, Bd. 3, Abb. 8. Am 26. Juni 1867 verstarb der kränkelnde Erbprinz, der im Mai noch die Geburt des zweiten Sohnes Albert erleben durfte. Kaiser Franz Joseph und Sisi waren bei der Bestattung am 29. Juni in Regensburg.