Queen Sophie’s Diamond Tiara

Given to a German Princess when she married the Crown Prince of Greece, this impressive diamond tiara was worn by her daughter, Queen Helen of Romania, her niece/daughter-in-law, Queen frederica of Greece, Queen Ingrid of Denmark, and was last seen on the current Crown Princess of Greece, after remaining hidden for decades.

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Given as a wedding gift to Princess Sophie of Prussia, a sister of Kaiser Wilhelm II, when she married Crown Prince George of Greece in 1889, from a an unknown member of her family, this tiara features large diamonds set in a scroll and floral design. This was Crown Princess Sophie’s signature Tiara, worn for almost all events and portraits even after becoming Queen in 1913. The couple had six children; all three sons became King of Greece, a daughter became Queen Mother of Romania, and another was the Duchess of Aosta. Queen Sophie managed to retain the piece during frequent periods in exile, and on her death in 1932, left the tiara to her third son, Crown Prince Paul.

In 1934, Crown Prince Paul lent the tiara to his sister, Queen Helen of Romania for an official photoshoot. Queen Helen was the divorced wife of King Carol II of Romania, and mother of King Michael, the current King of Romania. She was always close to her brother, with their families supporting each other during their periods of exile for most of the 20th century.

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In 1938, Crown Prince Paul gave his mother’s diamond Tiara to his bride, Princess Frederica of Hanover, as a wedding gift. She wore the impressive tiara at their wedding, and like it had for her mother-in-law, the large Tiara became her signature piece, famously perched on her bouffant in the 1950s and 60s, after they succeeded his childless brother to the throne in 1947.

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In 1963, Queen Frederica loaned Queen Sophie’s Diamond Tiara to Queen Ingrid of Denmark, for a Gala in Athens celebrating the engagement of their children. It seems something had happened with Queen Ingrid’s tiara (probably the Pearl Poire) that evening, and Queen Frederica had to loan her one.

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While Queen Frederica gave her other grand tiaras to Princess Anne Marie of Denmark when she married her only son, King Constantine in 1964, Queen Frederica retained Queen Sophie’s Diamond Tiara for herself, wearing it often in her widowhood. After the Greek Royal family were exiled in 1967, Queen Frederica, and her tiara, went to live with her daughter, Queen Sofia of Spain, in Madrid, dying there in 1981. Queen Sophie’s Diamond Tiara wasn’t seen after 1967, and many thought it had been sold by King Constantine during their exile.

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In 2012, at a gala celebrating the 40th Jubilee of Queen Margrethe of Denmark in Copenhagen, Crown Princess Marie Chantal of Greece, wife of Crown Prince Pavlos, grandson of Queen Frederica, surprised Royal Watchers by wearing Queen Sophie’s Diamond Tiara. It posed a few questions, but ultimately, most people were just happy to see it worn again. Hopefully we will see the tiara worn again before too long.

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For more information, check out:

Greek Royal Tiaras

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