Happy Birthday to Archduchess Valerie, Margravine of Baden, who turns 80 today! An Archduchess of Austria-Tuscany married to Head of illustrious House of Baden, one of Germany’s premier Royal Families, the Archduchess has worn much of the massive jewellery collection of the House of Zähringen, which we are featuring today!
But first, lets learn about Archduchess Valerie! The ninth of the thirteen children of Archduke Hubert Salvator of Austria and Princess Rosemary of Salm-Salm, Archduchess Valerie grew up at Schloss Persenbeug, the Family Seat in Austria. In 1966, she married Maximilian, Margrave of Baden, the eldest son of Berthold, Margrave of Baden and Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark, Head of the House of Zähringen and the Pretender to the Grand Duchy of Baden, in lavish ceremonies at Schloss Salem and at Schloss Persenbeug. The Margrave and Margravine of Baden have four children: Princess Marie Louise, Hereditary Prince Bernhard, Prince Leopold, and Prince Michael. The Margrave has extensive agricultural, forestry and industrial holdings, as well as at least three castles, the most prominent of which is Schloss Salem, and the extensive collection of the Grand Ducal House of Baden, which they have managed to retain despite financial troubles in recent years. As a nephew of the late Duke of Edinburgh, the Margrave and Margravine are close to the British Royal Family, as well as the Swedish and Danish Royal Families and various exiled Royalties, so we see them at many Royal Events. We wish HIH a very Happy Birthday and Many Happy Returns!
Likely compiled in the 19th century from a seven Diamond Starburst Brooches originating from the Hanoverian Royal Family, the Baden Sunburst Tiara was worn by Princess Theodora, Margravine of Baden at the Wedding Gala of Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Princess Ingrid of Sweden (on this day) in 1935, as well as the 80th Birthday Banquet for King Gustav V of Sweden in 1938 and a Gala Performance. The Baden Royal Family were close to the Swedish Royal Family due to Queen Victoria of Sweden being born a Princess of Baden. Princess Theodora also wore the Sunburst Tiara for the Greek Monarchy Centenary Gala at the Royal Palace of Athens in 1963.
In 1966, the Baden Sunburst Tiara was worn by Archduchess Valerie when she married Princess Theodora’s son, Maximilian, Margrave of Baden, and was also worn at her two Wedding Balls. More recently, Archduchess Valerie wore the Sunburst Tiara at the Wedding of the Prince of Prussia and Princess Sophie of Isenburg in 2011. More HERE.
The Sunburst Tiara was worn by Stéphanie Kaul when she married Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden, eldest son of the current Margrave and Archduchess Valerie, in 2001, and was last seen on Christina Höhne, when she married Prince Michael of Baden, the youngest son, in 2015. In 2011, Hereditary Princess Stéphanie wore the Sunburst Tiara at the Wedding Ball of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco in 2011.
A Ruby Laurel Wreath Tiara, quite similar to the Greek Ruby Tiara, was worn by Princess Theodora, Margravine of Baden at the Wedding Gala of Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Princess Ingrid of Sweden in 1935, as well as a portrait in the 1930s. The Ruby Laurel Wreath Tiara, which includes a substantial necklace and pair earrings, often worn with the Sunburst Tiara, was worn by Archduchess Valerie at the Wedding Ball of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco in 2011.
The Diamond Floral Tiara made by Demissieur, composed of two camellia bouquets joined in the shape of a diadem, was a wedding gift from the King of Prussia to his daughter, Princess Louise, when she married the Grand Duke of Baden in 1856. An Heirloom of the Baden Royal Family, the Tiara was last worn by Princess Theodora, Margravine of Baden at the Coronation of her sister-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II, in 1953. Some people speculate that it may be the Floral Aigrette Tiara now worn by the Queen of Denmark, but the design is different.
This splendid Meander Kokoshnik Tiara originates from Princess Marie of Hanover, the youngest daughter of the King George V of Hanover, who left it to her niece, Princess Marie Louise of Hanover who became the Margravine of Baden. The Tiara was worn by Princess Anna Maria (Marianne) zu Auersperg-Breunner when she married Prince Ludwig of Baden, the younger son of Berthold, Margrave of Baden and Princess Theodora of Greece, in 1967, and more recently worn by Princess Marianne at the Wedding Ball of Duke Friedrich of Württemberg and Princess Marie of Wied in 1993.
Princess Margarita of Baden, the only daughter of Berthold, Margrave of Baden and Princess Theodora of Greece, was married to Prince Tomislav of Yugoslavia, and likely received this Diamond Tiara as a Wedding Gift, wearing it at many grand royal occasions from the 1950s through to the 1970s, most notably at the Wedding Ball of Prince Juan Carlos of Spain and Princess Sophia of Greece in 1962. The Tiara was pictured on Princess Margarita well into the 1980s, and now likely belongs to her daughter, Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia.
In 1900, Princess Marie Louise of Hanover received a Turquoise Tiara from her aunt, Princess Marie of Hanover, as a Wedding Gift when she married Prince Max of Baden. The Tiara was notably worn by their granddaughter, Princess Margarita of Baden and Yugoslavia, at the Coronation of her aunt, Queen Elizabeth II, in 1953, as well as the Wedding Ball of King Constantine of Greece and Princess Anne Marie of Denmark in 1964 and a Dinner at Britwell House, home of Lady Pamela and David Hicks, ahead of a Ball at Sutton Hoo.
Featuring five Diamond Fleur de Lys, this Tiara was a wedding gift from Emperor Franz-Joseph of Austria to Princess Marie Louise of Hanover when she married Prince Max of Baden in 1900. Princess Marie Louise often wore the Fleur de Lys as brooches, and it was more notably worn as a Tiara by Princess Aglaë of Baden, the daughter of Prince Ludwig and Princess Marianne, at her Wedding in 2019, and also by Nina Schröder when she married Prince Berthold von Baden, the son of Prince Ludwig and Princess Marianne, in 2021.
Finally, we have a mystery Tiara, this substantial Diamond Scroll Tiara (similar but larger than the Greek Pearl and Diamond Necklace Tiara) worn by Princess Theodora at a Turkish State Banquet in Greece in 1952.