Posted 6 years ago
Most rare ring, circa 1820, in support of Caroline of Brunswick [1768-1821], Queen Consort of King George IV.
George, Prince of Wales, and Princess Caroline of Brunswick were married on 8 April 1795. Although they were first cousins, the couple had not met before the marriage was arranged. Neither the Prince of Wales nor the Princess Caroline wanted the match, but they both agreed to it.
See an excellent and detailed write-up here:
Though the King despised his wife, she was popular with the British people and also had many supporters of noble rank. George wished to divorce Caroline for her alleged adultery with an Italian manservant whilst traveling abroad, though he himself had many mistresses. The King insisted a bill be put before Parliament to dissolve the marriage.
The debate over this bill lasted for over three months and was effectively a most public trial of his wife. Eventually the bill was defeated but on the day of George's coronation, Caroline was refused entry to Westminster Abbey - the door was literally shut in her face.
Poor Caroline died two weeks later. On her coffin, a gilt plate was affixed with her own epitaph - here lies Caroline of Brunswick, the injured Queen of England.
This ring, for a supporter of the injured Queen, has a rayed enameled center inscribed CR for Caroline Regina under a Royal Crown. It is surrounded by stones spelling her name in the acrostic manner -
Citrine, Amethyst, Ruby, Opal, Lapis, Jacinth [used for I], Novas Minas [rock crystal], Emerald.
The center has been re-mounted in a later setting. A most poignant item of Royalist jewelry.