Queen Sophia’s Diamond Circle Tiara

Queen Sophie 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.

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This petite Diamond Circle Tiara was first worn by Queen Sophie of Greece, the sister of Kaiser Wilhelm II, for a portrait in in 1910s, with a diamond hanging from the central circle. After her death it was inherited by her son, the future King Paul.

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In the 1950s and 60s, Queen Sophie’s Diamond Circle Tiara was borrowed 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 own a Tiara,

Soon after coming of age, the Diamond Circles Tiara was worn by Queen Sophie’s granddaughter, Princess Irene, most notably at the Wedding ball of her brother, King Constantine, and Princess Anne Marie of Denmark. It remains her collection to this day, but hasn’t been worn by her since the fall of the monarchy. UPDATE– Princess Irene wore the Tiara at a Dinner during the Spanish State Visit to Britain in 1986.

Unlike her Pearl and Diamond Necklace Tiara, Princess Irene loaned Queen Sophie’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.


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