Happy Birthday to Princess Birgitta of Sweden and Hohenzollern who turns 80 today. The daughter of Prince Gustaf Adolf and Princess Sibylla of Sweden, Princess Birgitta is the sister of King Carl XVI Gustaf and the second of the four ‘Haga Princesses’. She is also the first cousin of Queen Margrethe of Denmark and Queen Anne Marie of Greece. In 1961, she married Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern, son of the Prince of Hohenzollern, in a civil ceremony in Sweden and a religious ceremony in her grooms native Germany. The couple had three children but separated in 1990, while continuing to attend Royal events together. Princess Birgitta was widowed in March 2016. She lives in Spain. In honour of her birthday, we are featuring her Wedding Tiara, a Hohenzollern heirloom.
The Hohenzollern Clover Coronet features four diamond clovers, connected by diamond swags over a diamond base. It is a coronet because it forms a complete circle, unlike a tiara which only covers a section of the head. The Coronet was made around 1890 and took almost a year to be finished. It has many similarities to a Clover Coronet made for Empress Augusta Victoria of Prussia in 1906. Despite coming from the same Dynastic House, the Princes of Hohenzollern have much closer relations with the Kings of Romania than the former Emperors of Prussia.
The Hohenzollern Clover Coronet was worn by Princess Margarete of Saxony when she married Frederick Prince of Hohenzollern in 1920 but was first photographed at the wedding of their daughter, Princess Maria Adelgunde of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, to Prince Konstantin of Bavaria in August 1942. The wedding was described as “the biggest society event during the war (WWII)” Princess Maria Adelgunde wore the Clover Coronet during the ceremony and the Banquet.
Princess Birgitta was the next person to wear the Hohenzollern Clover Coronet, which she wore at her religious Wedding to Prince Johann Georg, son of Frederick, Prince of Hohenzollern, at Sigmaringen Castle on May 31st / June 1st, 1961.
Hohenzollern Clover Coronet was last seen on Angela von Morgen, when she married Prince Ferfried, younger brother of Prince Johann Georg and youngest son of Frederick, Prince of Hohenzollern, in 1968. The couple had two daughters, but divorced in 1973.
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