Today’s glittering tiara belongs to the members of the family who ruled the German Grand Duchy of Baden until 1918. However, they have managed to keep their Sunburst Tiara and their Ruby Wreath Tiara. The Sunburst Tiara was worn by the Duke of Edinburgh’s sister, an Austrian Archduchess, and brides marrying into the Baden family in recent years.
Baden Sunburst Tiara
Made in the 19th century, the Baden Sunburst Tiara was seen on Princess Theodora of Greece, Margravine of Baden at the 80th Birthday celebrations of King Gustav V of Sweden in 1938. The Margravine was the sister Princess Margarita of Hohenlohe Langenburg, Princess Cecilie of Hesse, and Princess Sophie of Hanover, as well as the Duke of Edinburgh.
In 1966, the Baden Sunburst Tiara was worn by Archduchess Valerie of Habsburg-Lorraine, from the Tuscan line of the Habsburg family, when she married Princess Theodora’s son, Maximilian, Margrave of Baden. As the Margravine of Baden, Archduchess Valerie wore the Sunburst Tiara at a couple of grand events in the 1960s and 70s, and recently at the wedding ball of Crown Prince Georg-Friedrich and Princess Sophie of Prussia.
In 2001, the Sunburst Tiara was worn by Stéphanie Kaul when she married Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden, eldest son of the Margrave and Margravine. In 2011, she wore the Tiara again, at the wedding ball of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco.
The Sunburst Tiara was last seen on Christina Höhne, when she married Prince Michael of Baden, youngest son of the Margrave and Margravine, in 2015.
Baden Ruby Wreath Tiara
The Baden’s also own a Ruby Wreath Tiara, worn by Princess Theodora at the pre-wedding ball of Princess Ingrid of Sweden and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark in 1935. The tiara was worn by Archduchess Valerie in 2011, at the wedding ball of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco. It also includes a substantial necklace and earrings, worn by the current Margravine with the Sunburst Tiara in the 60s and 70s.
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