Queen Adelaide (1792-1849), was born Princess Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, the eldest daughter of George, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen (d. 1803), and Princess Louisa Hohenlohe-Langenburg (d. 1837). She married Prince William, Duke of Clarence, later King William IV, in 1818. Although the Prince was twice his bride's age the marriage was happy with the Princess proving to be a stabilising influence on her unpredictable husband. Before her husband's ascension to the throne the couple lived at Bushey Park, Middlesex. The reign of King William IV was marked for its frugality after the lavish lifestyle of his eldest brother King George IV (r.1820-1830). After her husband's death in 1837 Queen Adelaide spent much time travelling on the Continent. Due to her poor health she favoured the warmer climate of the Mediterranean. She was much loved, not least by her niece Queen Victoria (r.1837-1901), who recorded the affection both she and the country felt for the Queen in her personal journal.
Margaret Sarah Crompton (b. circa 1797) was the fourth daughter of Joshua Crompton (d.1832) and his wife Anne (d.1818), daughter of Thomas Rookes and his wife, also Anne, who was the sister and heiress of Robert Stansfield. Her eldest brother, William Rookes Crompton (1790-1871) assumed by Royal Licence the addition name of Stansfield in 1832 in compliance of his mother's will. Robert Stansfield Crompton (1839-1920), to whom the chamber-candlestick was presented, was Margaret Crompton's nephew and heir to his uncle William Rookes Stansfield Crompton.