This glittering Diamond Kokoshnik Tiara was worn by a series of women that spent their lives in exile. Princess Nicholas of Greece spent parts of her life exiled from Russia and Greece due to politics. Her daughter, Princess Paul of Yugoslavia, was exiled with her husband after the Allies took-over Yugoslavia during WWII. Her daughter-in-law, Princess Maria-Pia, was exiled from her native Italy at an early age.
The Diamond Kokoshnik Tiara consists of diamond-set motif is filled with filigree motifs and diamond clusters, as well as detachable diamond clusters, and was a wedding gift to Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia from her mother, the infamous Grand Duchess Vladimir, in 1902. Grand Duchess Elena, Princess Nicholas of Greece wore the tiara on numerous occasions throughout her early married life, most notably for an early.
When Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark married Prince Paul of Yugoslavia, cousin to the Yugoslavian King, in 1923 she received the Diamond Kokoshnik Tiara as a wedding gift from her mother, Princess Nicholas. She wore the tiara on many occasions during the Inter-war years, when Prince and Princess Paul represented the Yugoslavian King at international royal events, and later when he became the Regent for the young King Peter II, which included a State Visit to Britain, and a State Visit to Nazi Germany in 1939, During the Second World War, Prince Paul was ousted and sent into exile by the Allies during WWII and afterwards, the communist government abolished the monarchy, the royal family were prohibited from returning to Yugoslavia, and had all their property confiscated.
However, with their numerous ties to royal families, Princess Paul continued to wear the tiara at glittering occasions well into the 1960s, with notable appearances including the Wedding Gala of her son, Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia, and Princess Maria Pia of Italy in 1955 and the Wedding Ball of Prince Juan Carlos of Spain and Princess Sophia of Greece in 1962.
In 1960, Princess Olga loaned her Diamond Kokoshnik Tiara to her daughter-in-law, Princess Maria Pia of Savoy, for the Wedding Ball of King Baudouin of Belgium. While Princess Olga’s Boucheron Diamond Tiara was worn by Princess Barbra of Liechtenstein, the second wife of Prince Alexander, and now belongs to the Albion Art Institute, the Diamond Kokoshnik Tiara hasn’t been publicly seen since the 1960s and current location and owner of this tiara is unknown, but it definitely isn’t in the family.