Prussian Meander Tiara

Given as a wedding gift from the last Prussian Crown Prince to his bride, the Prussian Meander Tiara was worn by their Romanov daughter-in-law, her daughters, and now her granddaughter-in-law, making this one of the few remaining Tiaras in the vaults of the former Prussian Royal Family.

Made by Koch in 1905, the Meander Tiara features diamonds set in platinum in a kokoshnik shape, composed 0f panels of diamond trellis work set between two rows of Greek key or Meander motifs. Each trellis section is centered by a large brilliant diamond.

This Tiara was a Wedding Gift to Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin from her groom Wilhelm, the German Crown Prince and Crown Prince of Prussia in 1905. The couple would have succeeded his father, Wilhelm II, as Emperor and Empress of Germany, but WWI intervened, and the Prussian Monarchy was abolished and her father-in-law abdicated. Crown Princess Cecilie managed to stay in Germany, while the rest of the family went into exile, and also managed to hold onto the tiara, wearing at the Wedding Gala of her newphew, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, and Princess Ingrid of Sweden in 1935.

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In 1938, Prince Louis Ferdinand, second son and heir of former Crown Prince Wilhelm and Princess Cecilie, married Grand Duchess Kira Kirillovna of Russia, daughter of the Head of the House of Romanov & Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh and granddaughter of Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna, who wore the Meander Tiara at her wedding. Princess Kira regularly wore the Meander Tiara at royal events in the 1950s and 1960s, including the Wedding of Queen Margretha of Denmark in 1967.

In 1965, Grand Duchess Kira lent the Meander Tiara to her daughter Princess Marie-Cécile when she married Duke Friedrich August of Oldenburg, and the Tiara was also worn by another daughter, Princess Xenia, in 1973 when she married Per-Edvard Lithander.

The Prussian Meander Tiara remained publicly unworn until it was worn by the current Princess of Prussia, born Princess Sophie of Isenburg, who wore it at her Wedding Ball in 2011. The Princess is the wife and consort of Georg Friedrich, Prince of Prussia, the current head of the House of Hohenzollern and the former Prussian Throne. The Meander Tiara hasn’t been seen since, but will probably worn by Princess Sophie at any upcoming grand German Royal or Noble event.

UPDATE– In September 2017, Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia wore the Prussian Meander Tiara at her wedding to Hereditary Prince Ferdinand of Leiningen.

The Princess of Prussia wore the Prussian Meander Tiara for the Wedding Ball of Prince Ludwig and Princess Sophie of Bavaria at Schloss Schleißheim in 2023.

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