Countess of Lichfield’s Tiaras

Happy Birthday to Leonora, Countess of Lichfield, who turns 70 today! Born Lady Leonora Grosvenor, the elder daughter of the 5th Duke of Westminster and Hon Viola Maud Lyttelton, she was the sister of the late 6th Duke of Westminster and the former Duchess of Roxburghe. In 1975, she married society photographer Patrick Anson, the 5th Earl of Lichfield, son of Princess Anne of Denmark, née Bowes-Lyon, and became the Countess of Lichfield, and the sister-in-law of society party planner, Lady Elizabeth Shakerley. The couple had three children but divorced in 1986, and since she has not remarried she still retains the title. The Countess has also been an extra lady-in-waiting to the Princess Royal since 1979. To mark her special birthday, we are taking a look at the Countess of Lichfield’s Tiaras-

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Installation of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia

Sultan Abdullah Ria’yatuddin Al Mustafa Billah Shah, The Sultan of Pahang was Installed as the new Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King of Malaysia), along with Tunku Azizah Aminah, the Tengku Ampuan of Pahang as the Raja Permaisuri Agong (Queen) in a series of ceremonies influenced by the traditions of the Malay Royal states on January 31st. The appointment comes after the unprecedented Abdication of Sultan Muhammad V earlier this month (the first since Malaysia’s Independence in 1957), and the Accession of the new King Abdullah to the Sultanate of Pahang, after his ailing father’s Abdication. Malaysia is the world’s only rotational monarchy, where the Hereditary Rulers of Nine of the Malay States are elected as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King) for a 5-year term by the Conference of Rulers. The new Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Raja Permaisuri Agong are expected to reign until 2024. Continue reading

Ocean Tiara

Happy Birthday to Princess Charlene of Monaco, who turns 41 today! Unlike her other European counterparts, when she married Prince Albert II of Monaco in 2011, she found herself with few heirloom jewels, which went to Princess Caroline, and instead started building up her own jewellery collection, like her late mother-in-law, Princess Grace. To mark Princess Charlene’s birthday, we are featuring her Ocean Tiara- Continue reading

Vladimir Fringe Tiara

Today marks the anniversary of the birth of Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna / Princess Nicholas of Greece, the only daughter of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia and Duchess Marie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin who married Prince Nicholas of Greece and was the mother of of Princess Paul of YugoslaviaPrincess Marina, Duchess of Kent, and Princess Elisabeth, Countess of Törring-Jettenbach. To mark the day, we are taking a look the Vladimir Fringe Tiara- Continue reading

Japanese New Year’s Reception 2019

Emperor Akihito (wearing the Sash, Star and Collar of the Order of the Chrysanthemum) and Empress Michiko of Japan were accompanied by Crown Prince Naruhito (in the Order of the Chrysanthemum), Crown Princess Masako (wearing the Pearl Sunburst Tiara and the Order of the Precious Crown), Prince Akishino (in the Order of the Chrysanthemum) and Princess Kiko (wearing her Wedding Tiara and the Order of the Precious Crown), Princess Mako (in her 20th-Birthday Tiara and the Order of the Precious Crown), Princess Kako (wearing her Diamond Tiara and the Order of the Precious Crown), and extended members of the Imperial Family (in their Personal Tiaras and the Order of the Precious Crown) at the annual Ceremony of New Year’s Celebration at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on January 1st. This was the last New Year’s Reception of the Reign of Emperor Akihito, ahead of his Abdication in April, and the first time the Crown Princess attended the public Audience in over 15 years. Continue reading

Bavarian Lover’s Knot Tiara

Today marks the bicentenary of the birth of Queen Amalia of Greece, born Duchess Amalia of Oldenburg on this day in 1818, who was the Queen Consort of King Otto I of Greece from 1836 to 1862, and spent the rest of her life in exile in the King’s native Bavaria. To mark the occasion, we are taking a look at the Bavarian Lover’s Knot Tiara, a piece not only worn by Queen Amalia but also one I’ve been wanting to feature for a long time. Continue reading