Queen Sophia of Greece, grandmother of King Constantine, was born on this day in 1870. We have already taken a look at her large Diamond Tiara, and today, we will be taking a look at her Diamond Circle Tiara, which has been worn by her British daughter, Greek granddaughter, and Spanish great-granddaughter.
This petite Diamond Circle Tiara was most notably worn by Queen Sophia of Greece, the sister of Kaiser Wilhelm II, for a series of portrait in the early 1900s, with a diamond hanging from the central circle, paired with her magnificent Pearl Corsage Brooch. Queen Sophia also wore the Diamond Circle Tiara for a family portrait taken in the 1910s.
After not being seen for decades, Queen Sophia’s Diamond Circle Tiara was worn by her youngest daughter, Princess Katherine (known as Lady Katherine Brandram) at royal events, since she, unlike her sisters Queen Helen of Romania and the Duchess of Aosta, did not possess her personal Tiara. Princess Katherine was notably seen wearing the Diamond Circle Tiara for the Wedding of Prince Juan Carlos of Spain and Princess Sophia of Greece in 1962, and the Greek Monarchy Centenary Celebrations in 1963.
The following year, Queen Sophia’s Diamond Circle Tiara was worn by Princess Irene for the Wedding Ball of her brother, King Constantine II of Greece, and Princess Anne Marie of Denmark at the ROyal Palace of Athens, along with her Diamond Circle Necklace.
Later, Princess Irene most notably wore Queen Sophia’s Diamond Circle Tiara for a Gala at the Teatro Real in Madrid in 1966, and the Wedding Ball of the Margrave of Baden and Archduchess Valerie of Austria in 1966.
After the fall of the Greek Monarchy, Princess Irene has chosen not to wear a Tiara, but a notable exception was made for a the Return Dinner hosted by King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia at the Spanish Embassy in London during the Spanish State Visit to Britain in 1986.
Princess Irene also loaned Queen Sophia’s Diamond Circle Tiara to her niece, Infanta Elena of Spain, for the Wedding Ball of Duke Friedrich of Württemberg and Princess Marie zu Wied in 1993. Not having been publicly worn for decades, let’s hope this spectacular Heirloom Tiara make a reappearance soon!