Interest is high as Stamford’s Riverside Antiques Centre exhibits Princess Margaret Collection

Princess Margaret in 2000. PA Photo: Toby Melville.
Princess Margaret in 2000. PA Photo: Toby Melville.
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A Stamford auction and valuation firm is expecting plenty of interest in a unique royal collection after exhibiting the items at an antiques fair for the first time.

The Riverside Antiques Centre, in Wharf Road, put the Princess Margaret Collection on display at the Antiques For Everyone fair at the NEC in Birmingham at the weekend.

Among the items on show were a diamond ring valued at £750,000 and a 1940s Cartier watch bought second-hand by the Queen Mother and given to Princess Margaret as a Christmas present.

A Riverside spokesman said: “It was quite a busy show and we drew a big crowd from everywhere because the collection was such a highlight.

“It is a very upmarket show but we were the most impressive attraction there.

“We had a lot of interest from foreign buyers and from people who are interested in this sort of thing.

“It was a bit of a benchmark stand and a real high-profile show.”

The items range from the £750,000 ring to smaller items on sale for £3,000.

Alongside the more glittering items are some which, while not as expensive, carry equally fascinating stories.

One in particular is a 20ft section of the original cast iron balustrade used in the royal box at Ascot Racecourse.

The fencing, which is kept at Kensington Palace, was made by the Lion Foundry Company of Kirkintilloch, Scotland, in 1929.

Also on sale is a four-poster bed which belonged to the Queen’s grandparents and a 1918 solid gold 18 carat carriage clock with Princess Margaret’s monogram inscribed on the top.

Each item comes with a leather-bound certificate of authenticity signed by Princess Margaret’s son David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley.

Staff at the Riverside Antiques Centre had plenty of interest in most of the items and will now begin taking offers on them.