Cufflinks “Air Squadron” of Prince Michael of Kent
Prince Michael of Kent
Prince Michael of Kent is a man with the eyes reflecting the skies! His Highness Michael George Charles Franklin is the member of the British Royal Family, the cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, the first grandnephew of Russian emperor Nikolay II.
In the huge honorary list of titles and ranks of Michael of Kent, those ones linked to the aviation occupy the special place. It seems the sky has always been in prince’s life. Today Michael of Kent is honorary marshal of aviation of the Royal Air Forces, honorary colonel of Essex and Kent Scottish regiment of the armed forces of Canada, the owner and the commander of WWI and WWII legendary warfighter squadron.
Special features of the royal cufflinks
The cufflinks are double-sided. Cufflinks’ top is the exact copy of wings and skin of Supermarine Spitfire, the British WWII fighter. Having such names as “Villain” and “Spitfire”, these airplanes were impressing with their maneuverability and the speed in low heights. Making a royal gift, artisans took into account that the best British WWII fighter “Spitfire” is one of the first air planes having laminar wings and reflected this fact in gold, by having decorated the wing with heraldry of Michael of Kent.
On the back side of the cufflinks there spreads out an engraved silhouette of the best Soviet WWII fighter Yak-3 with the North American P-51 Mustang, recognized as the best warfighter at the time, flying over it at the absolute altitude. All above-mentioned planes are included to Prince’s retro squadron.
The work of the jewelers is very delicate and detailed. Shape of a clasp, screw propellers of gold seem to give the lifting force to Mustang and Spitfire, and the fighting hawks are rising again to guard the sky.
Gold cufflinks “Air Squadron”. Jewelry masterpiece, quality of which was assessed by the Prince as «outstanding and incredible».
Handing over of the cufflinks “Air Squadron”
Handing over of the cufflinks took place on September 13, 2013, under the agreement with the office of His Highness and with His personal approval. In the United Kingdom of Great Britain the state reception on the occasion of international tour of Air Squadron, the Old Aviation Enthusiasts’ Club, took place. The event was attended by a Member of Royal Family Prince Michael of Kent as well.
Igor Lobortas congratulated the honored guest and stressed the importance of the Air Squadron Club visit for the development of international cultural relationships. Exclusive cufflinks in the shape of an aircraft’s wing with an enameled image of the Royal Coat of Arms, created by the craftsmen of the Lobortas Classic Jewelry House, were presented to the Prince.