Prince Jean-Christophe Napoléon, the head of the former Imperial House of France, will marry Countess Olympia von und zu Arco-Zinneberg, daughter of Archduchess Maria Beatrice of Austria and Count Riprand von und zu Arco-Zinneberg, later today. Ahead of the wedding, we are taking a look at some of the family heirlooms, including the Savoy-Aosta Tiara (not to be confused with the Savoy Aosta Knot and Star Tiara or the Tiaras of the House of Savoy), and the Austria-Este Tiara which may be worn by Countess Olympia-
Featuring two rows of diamonds and a detailed central element, the Tiara has an unknown provenance, though it’s quite likely that the Tiara is an Habsburg, Savoy-Aosta, or Bourbon-Parma Heirloom, though we’re dubbing it the Austria-Este Tiara. It was notably worn There is also a smaller Tiara, worn by Princess Margherita of Savoy-Aosta, daughter of the Duke of Aosta and Princess Anne of Orléans, at her Wedding to the Archduke of Austria Este, second son of Emperor Karl and Empress Zita of Austria, in 1953.
The Austria-Este Tiara was worn by the elder daughter of the Archduke and Princess Margherita, Archduchess Maria Beatrice of Austria, whens he married Count Riprand von und zu Arco-Zinneberg in 1980, and worn by their youngest daughter, Archduchess Isabella, when she married Count Andrea Czarnocki-Lucheschi in 1997. It was also worn by her daughter-in-law, Archduchess Katharina of Austria-Este, at the Wedding Ball of the Prince of Prussia in 2011.
Unlike the Savoy-Aosta Tiara, which has frequently worn and now belongs to Princess Margherita’s daughter-in-law, Princess Astrid of Belgium, the Austria-Este Tiara has only been worn once by Princess Astrid, at Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik’s 25th Wedding Anniversary Gala in 1992. As the wedding tiara of Countess Olympia’s grandmother, mother, and aunt, there is a big chance the Austria-Este Tiara could be her choice today.