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HIH Crown Princess Frederick of Germany
  • July 29, 2017
  • Posted In: Royal

The eldest daughter of Queen Victoria and titled the Princess Royal from birth, Crown Princess Frederick of Germany (1840-1901) made a dynastic love match with the future German Emperor Frederick III that indirectly fanned the flames of hostility leading to World War I. From birth, Princess Victoria was the apple…

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HIH Grand Duke Boris of Russia

HIH Grand Duke Boris Vladimirovich of Russia (1877-1943) was the glamorous, reckless grandson of Emperor Alexander II and first cousin of the last Tsar Nicholas II. He and his brother narrowly avoided execution during the 1917 Russian Revolution only to die in Nazi-occupied Paris in 1943. Born wide of the…

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Lady Dorothy Nevill

Lady Dorothy Nevill (1826-1913) was a pioneering horticulturalist in her gardens on the Dangerstein estate and a noted London hostess at her home on Chares Street, Mayfair. But it was the memoirs written in the last five years of her life that made her diaries comparable to Samuel Pepys. Lady…

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Colonel W. W. Cooke

In 1876, a letter addressed to Colonel William Winer Cooke (1846-1876) of the United States Army was returned stamped ‘Unclaimed’ and filed in the Henry Poole & Co ledgers. The letter is hand-annotated in red with the legend ‘killed in Custer’s fight’. Colonel Cooke was Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer’s…

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HG 1st Duke of Fife

Excluding five of King Henry VIII’s unfortunate wives, Alexander Duff, 1st Duke of Fife (1849-1912) was only the second generation of the British aristocracy to marry into the royal family. In 1889 he wed Princess Louise, eldest daughter of the future King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra whose aunt and…

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Christopher Shaw

According to his friend David Wynne-Morgan, financier Christopher Shaw (1938-2014) ‘decided at Eton that he wanted to live like a 19th century aristocrat and he did just that’. Known as Christopher-Off-Shaw, the mergers and acquisitions king held court at Hinton Ampner in Winchester, kept an Albany set in London’s Piccadilly…

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Paul Sacher

One of the world’s richest men, Paul Sacher (1906-1999) was one of the last great musical patrons of the 20th century. Trained as a violinist, conductor and musicologist, Sacher founded the Basel Chamber Orchestra in 1926 and the Basel Chamber Choir in 1928. He would go on to commission some…

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HM Queen Victoria
  • June 6, 2017
  • Posted In: Royal

Though HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901) awarded Henry Poole & Co her Royal Warrant in 1869, it was not presumed that she held a personal account with the firm. But a single record has been found dated 1868 when the widowed Great British Queen and Empress of India ordered a cloak…

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Donald G. Fisher

It is not without irony that Donald G. Fisher (1928-2009), founder of The Gap and patron saint of dress down Fridays in the 1990s, had his bespoke suits cut on Savile Row by Henry Poole & Co. When Fisher and his wife Doris opened the first Gap store on Ocean…

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Lord Boothby

Lord Robert ‘Bob’ Boothby (1900-1986) had a long but frustrated political career as Tory MP and peer largely thanks to his colourful and indiscreet private life. The charismatic politician was tipped as a future leader of the Tory party in the 1920s. But in 1930 Boothby commenced a long-standing affair with future…

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