Princess Eugenie of Greece’s Diamond Tiara

Happy Birthday to Princess Tatiana Radziwiłł, who turns 80 today! The daughter of a Polish Prince and a Greek Princess, Princess Tatiana has attended a plethora of royal events, often wearing this diamond tiara.

Featuring diamond honeysuckles over a diamond greek key base, the Tiara originated from her mother, Princess Eugenie of Greece, who probably got it as a gift from her mother, the wealthy Princess Marie Bonaparte, after she had to give up the Radziwiłł Tiara and had only a small Cartier Haircomb Tiara. The Tiara was in Princess Eugenie’s possession as early as 1947, when she wore it for the Wedding Ball of her cousin, Prince Phillip of Greece, to Princess (now Queen) Elizabeth. In 1953, Princess Eugenie wore the Tiara for the Coronation of her cousin-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II, in London in 1953, which she attended with her parents, Prince George and Princess Marie of Greece (who wore her Cartier Olive Wreath Tiara), who officially represented the Greek Royal Family.

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Princess Eugenie often wore the Tiara with the Castel Duino Sapphire Parure, notably for Banquet at Élysée Palace during the Greek State Visit to France in 1956, a Gala in Stockholm, and the Wedding Ball of Prince Juan Carlos of Spain and Princess Sophia of Greece in 1962.

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Princess Tatiana Radziwiłł wore her mother’s tiara for a plethora of Greek Royal events, including the Greek Monarchy Centenary in 1963, King Constantine and Princess Anne Marie’s Wedding Gala at the Royal Palace of Athens in 1964, and also notably wore the Tiara to her wedding in 1966, as well as the Wedding of her friend, Queen Margrethe of Denmark, in 1967. Since the fall of the Greek Monarchy, the Tiara has not been publicly worn, and while family jewels like Princess Cartier Olive Wreath Tiara, the Radziwiłł Tiara, the Castel Duino Sapphire Parure and  Queen Olga’s Pearl Brooch have been publicly sold, the Tiara probably still belongs to Princess Tatiana, who attends but is not usually pictured at royal events, though it was not worn by her only daughter at her wedding. Lets hope we get to see this tiara again soon.


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