Today marks the Anniversary of the Birth of Crown Princess Cecilie of Prussia, who was passed away on this day in 1954! Daughter of the Grand Duke and Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, she married the German Crown Prince Wilhelm, in 1905. The couple had four sons and two daughters, though the marriage was very unhappy, ending up in separation. Crown Princess Cecilie had a splendid jewellery collection, full of old family heirlooms and contemporary pieces, so to mark the occasion, we are featuring her Fabergé Tiara!
An Important Fabergé Diamond Tiara, also called the Shamrock Kokoshnik Tiara, this pieces was created by Fabergé around 1903, and was probably acquired by Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna, Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin as a wedding gift for her daughter, Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, when she married the Crown Prince of Germany in 1906, with the Fabergé Tiara being exhibited with her other wedding gifts, including the similar Prussian Meander Tiara.
WHile not worn as often as the Meander Tiara, Crown Princess Cecilie wore the Shamrock Kokoshnik Tiara for some of her first portraits as new German Crown Princess, pairing it with the Prussian Ruby Parure, and it remained in her collection after the abolition of the German Monarchy in 1918, being worn for a portrait in the 1930s.
Despite the upheaval of the Prussian Royal Family during and after the Second World War, when they lost much of their wealth and property in East Germany, the Fabergé Diamond Tiara remained in Crown Princess Cecilie’s possession, and was worn by her namesake daughter, Princess Cecilie, for her Wedding to American Clyde Harris at Burg Hohenzollern in 1949.
The Fabergé Shamrock Kokoshnik Tiara remained with Crown Princess Cecilie’s descendents until 2019, when it was put up for auction at the Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels Sale in Geneva in May 2019, eventually fetching 437,500 CHF from an estimate of 200,000 — 300,000 CHF. The current owner is unknown.