Daisy, Princess of Pless (Mary Theresa Olivia; née Cornwallis-West) was one of Consuelo Vanderbilt, Duchess of Marlborough's good friends. During the Edwardian era, both were young wealthy beauties of standing and mothers of two sons each. They often accompanied one another at London social activities. Daisy's brother George married the older Lady Randolph Churchill (née Jennie Jerome), aunt of the 9th Duke of Marlborough and mother of Sir Winston Churchill.
Mrs. William Seward Webb (neé Lila O. Vanderbilt) costumed as a bee for the elaborate ball hosted by her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. W. K. Vanderbilt, 26 March 1883. It was this ball that earned the entire Vanderbilt family a place on Mrs. Astor's 400 List of the New York's most socially elite.