"NO CROWN WITHOUT A CROSS" reads the forbidding inscription on the coronation gift object (above) presented to the King by the Queen.
A pair of thrones were built in Paris for the occasion. The one above was Alexandra's, with her stylized monogram woven into the upholstery. Edwin Austin Abbey became the King's official painter for the occasion (as seen below) after John Singer Sargent declined the job. "The artist’s viewpoint was a specially built box in the tomb of Edmund Lancaster in the north transept. Unfortunately, it was a dull day and Westminster Abbey appeared more than usually gloomy and dark. But despite this Abbey was profoundly impressed with what he saw: ‘It was a sight indeed. They had white satin dresses and long trains of crimson velvet and ermine capes – trains and their coronets in hands. They came by twos or threes and dozens, and were marvelous to behold. I never saw so many jewels in my life."
Alexandra kept a coronation photograph of herself in a Faberge-style frame. Her sister, the dowager Tsarina Marie Feodorovna (below) represented a direct source for work from the hands of the great Russian jeweler. Both sisters were faithful collectors.