Happy 50th Birthday to Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein, who turns 50 today! As the one of the richest reigning families, the Princely Family of Liechtenstein have relatively few Tiaras at their disposal, due to, as Luxarrazi puts it: “lost properties after World War II, the financial straits, the fact that you’d likely sell tiaras before da Vinci paintings, the reorganisation of the wealth and them now being one of the richest reigning families.” In honour of Hereditary Princess Sophie’s 50th Birthday, we are taking a look at the Liechtenstein Royal Tiaras-
Made by Köchert around 1890, the Hapsburg Fringe Tiara was originally worn by Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria (née Portugal), who was one of the sister-in-laws of Emperor Franz Joseph I, and notably wore the Tiara to the Wedding of her her step-grandson, the later Emperor Karl, in 1911. It was inherited by her daughter, Archduchess Elisabeth, who was married to Prince Alois of Liechtenstein, and together were the parents of Prince Franz Josef, whose wife, Princess Gina, is the person most photographed lady wearing the Tiara, including at the 1971 Persepolis celebrations. In 1967, the Hapsburg Fringe was worn by Countess Marie Kinsky at her wedding to then Hereditary Prince Hans Adam, and Isabelle de l’Arbre de Malander when she married Prince Philipp in 1971, both were sons of Prince Franz Josef and Princess Gina. Currently, the Hapsburg Fringe Tiara is worn by Hereditary Princess Sophie, who often represents the family at foreign royal events. Notable occasions include the Wedding of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, the Dutch Inauguration Gala, and King Carl Gustaf’s 70th Birthday.
A gift from Prince Ferdinand Bonaventura Kinsky of Wchinitz und Tettau to his bride Princess Marie of Liechtenstein (grandparents of Princess Marie, née Countess Marie Kinsky) in 1870, this Tiara was passed down in the Kinsky family until the 1990s, when it was acquired by the Princely Family. The Kinsky Tiara was first (and only) worn by Princess Marie at Hereditary Prince Alois’s pre-wedding ball in 1993. It has also been worn by her only daughter, Princess Tatjana, at her 1999 wedding, daughter-in-law, Princess Angela at her 2000 wedding, and Hereditary Princess Sophie at the wedding ball of her sister.
Worn by Duchess Sophie in Bavaria at her 1993 wedding to Hereditary Prince Alois, the Douglas Floral Tiara belongs to her mother, Duchess Elisabeth in Bavaria (née Countess Elisabeth Douglas), and has been worn by her mother and all her daughters at their weddings, as well as her sister, Rosita, Duchess of Marlborough. Most recently worn at King Carl Gustaf’s 70th Birthday Ball, the Tiara might be inherited by Hereditary Princess Sophie.
A wedding gift to the then Countess Marie Kinsky of Wchinitz und Tettau from the government of the Principality of Liechtenstein on her marriage to then Hereditary Prince Hans Adam in 1967, this convertible sapphire and diamond necklace tiara was worn by Princess Marie at her pre-wedding ball and a couple of occasions in the 1960s. Since Princess Marie doesn’t wear Tiaras these days, we will probably see this piece on her granddaughters, who are now of age.
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