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 her granddaughter-in-law. It is one of the only remaining Tiaras in the vaults of the 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.

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#TheCoronaDiaries_FD ⠀ Grand Duchess Kira of Russia, granddaughter of the indomitable Grand Duchess Vladimir, shown here adjusting her makeup after her wedding to Louis Ferdinand of Prussia in 1938. She is wearing the Prussian Meander Tiara which was made by Koch in 1905 for her new mother-in-law, Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (image 2) when she married Wilhelm, the German Crown Prince. ⠀ Kira was a great granddaughter of Tsar Alexander II, and Louis Ferdinand was a grandson of the last German Kaiser (image 3) and the pretender to the abolished German monarchy. As a staunch opponent of the Nazi Party, Louis worked with the underground against the Nazis, and as a result, the couple was arrested and imprisoned at Dachau, but were rescued by American troops in 1945. ⠀ After the war, Kira was called upon to testify in the case of Anna Anderson, the woman who claimed to be Grand Duchess Anastasia. Kira had met Anderson briefly in 1952 at the urging of her mother-in-law, Crown Princess Cecilie, who believed Anderson's claim, but Kira was not convinced, and reportedly found the woman "repellent" and "not a lady". ⠀ The tiara she wore for her wedding is still with the Hohenzollern family and is worn by the couple's descendants (image 6). Another tiara from the collection of Crown Princess Cecilie sold at Sotheby’s last year for $437,500 (image 7). ⠀ #GreatJewelryCollectors #FDNotebook

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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 & Victoria Melita of Edinburgh and granddaughter of Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna, who wore the Meander Tiara at her wedding. She also wore it at the Wedding of then Crown Princess 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. The Tiara was also worn by another daughter, Princess Xenia, in 1973 when she married Per-Edvard Lithander.

The Prussian Meander Tiara remained in hiding 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.

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