Princess Elizabeth in British Colombia, 1951

Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived in the Province of British Colombia during their extensive Tour of Canada on this day in 1951, different phases of which we are individually covering over the next few weeks. Following a busy Summer, with the Opening of the Festival of Britain, the Danish State Visit, the Norwegian State Visit, the Tour of Canada was the first sign of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke, who had given up his Naval Careerbecoming full-time working Royals in the last few months of King George VI’s life, ahead of her Accession to the Throne.  Continue reading

Today in Royal History | October 27

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The 81st Birthday of Princess Shahnaz Pahlavi of Iran

The Death of Princess Mary Adelaide, Duchess of Teck in 1897

[Teck Ears of Wheat Tiara | Teck Crescent Tiara | Teck Circle Tiara | Cambridge Emerald Parure | Teck Sapphire Stomacher]

Wedding

The Wedding of Crown Prince Constantine of Greece and Princess Sophia of Prussia in 1889

Royal Events OTD

Belgian Chamber of Commerce Ball in London in 1966

Royal Tank Regiment Ball in 1960

Queen at Royal Film Performance of Rob Roy in 1953

Princess Elizabeth in British Colombia in 1951

Danish Exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in 1948

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Wedding of Princess Mako

Princess Mako of Akishino, the eldest daughter of Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko, married Kei Komuro with an official from the Imperial Household Agency registering the marriage on their behalf with the municipal government, followed by a Press Conference at a Hotel in Tokyo on October 26th. The Wedding took place without without any associated Imperial rites, due to the controversy of the match, and Princess Mako was seen off by her parents and younger sister Princess Kako as she departed Tōgū Palace, leaving behind her title and all vestiges of her Imperial life, and becoming Mrs Mako Komuro. Princess Kako later joined the couple at the hotel to support them ahead of the press conference. Continue reading

Princess Soraya’s Harry Winston Diamond Necklace

Today marks the 20th Anniversary of the Death of Princess Soraya of Iran, who died on this day in 2001! The Shah’s second wife who became an Actress after their forced divorce and was known as the ‘Princess with the sad eyes’, Princess Soraya possessed a magnificent jewellery collection, which she retained after her divorce, among which was included this spectacular Harry Winston Diamond Necklace! Continue reading

Today in Royal History | October 26

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The Death of Lindy, Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava in 2020

[The Dufferin and Ava Shamrock Tiara]

The Death of Princess Soraya of Iran in 2001

[Emerald Tiara | Diamond Tiara]

The Death of Princess Beatrice in 1944

[Strawberry Leaf Tiara | Sunray Fringe Tiara | Diamond Pampilles]

The Birth of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran in 1919

Wedding

The Wedding of the Duchess of Osuna in 1946

The Wedding of Countess Mountbatten and Baron Brabourne in 1946

Royal Events OTD

Princess Ayako’s Farewell Audience in 2018

Prince of Wales’ 70th Birthday Concert at Buckingham Palace in 2018

Stortingsmiddag 2017

Princess Grace Awards Gala 2017

Cremation of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand in 2017

The Spanish State Banquet at the Élysée Palace in 1978

The Shah of Iran’s Coronation in 1967

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Grand Duchess Maria Kirillovna’s Diamond Necklace

Today marks the 70th Anniversary of the Death of Grand Duchess Maria Kirillovna of Russia, Princess of Leiningen, who died on this day in 1951! The elder daughter of Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich of Russia and Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha, Grand Duchess Maria Kirillovna was the sister of Grand Duke Vladimir and Grand Duchess Kira, Princess of Prussia, growing up in exile in France and Germany before she married the 6th Prince of Leiningen in 1925. The Prince and Princess of Leiningen had seven children, including Prince Karl of Leiningen and Princess Margarita of Hohenzollern, and remained married until his death in a Russian Concentration Camp in 1946, with the Grand Duchess passing away in 1951. To mark the anniversary, we are featuring Grand Duchess Maria Kirillovna’s spectacular Diamond Necklace! Continue reading

Portuguese Emerald Tiara

Today marks the 70th Anniversary of the Death of Queen Amélie of Portugal, who died on this day in 1951! The eldest daughter of Prince Philippe, Count of Paris and Infanta Marie Isabelle of Spain, Amélie was born in London, where her family was living in exile. In 1886, she married Dom Carlos, Prince Royal of Portugal. The couple had three children, Prince Luís Filipe, Infanta Maria Ana (who died right after birth), and Infante Manuel, succeeding to the throne in 1889. In 1908, the King and his heir, Luis Filipe, were assassinated at Terreiro do Paço square, which led to the accession of her younger son as King. Manuel II reigned for two years before the monarchy was abolished. Amélie lived the rest of her life in exile in Versailles, France. She outlived her son, who had no descendants. To mark the day, we are taking a look at her Emerald Parure! Continue reading

Today in Royal History | October 25

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The 20th Birthday of Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, Duchess of Brabant

The Death of Prince Philipp of Hesse in 1980

The Death of Queen Amélie of Portugal in 1961

[The Portuguese Royal Tiaras | Portuguese Emerald Tiara | Portuguese Star Tiara]

The Death of Grand Duchess Maria Kirillovna, Princess of Leiningen

[Grand Duchess Maria Kirillovna’s Diamond Necklace]

The Death of Hariot, Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava in 1936

[The Dufferin and Ava Shamrock Tiara]

The Birth of King Michael of Romania in 1921

The Death of King Alexander of Greece in 1920

Wedding

The Wedding of Tsar Boris of Bulgaria and Princess Giovanna of Italy in 1930

Royal Events OTD

Duchess of Brabant’s 18th Birthday in 2019

Stortingsmiddag 2018

Duke and Duchess of Sussex in Tonga in 2018

Princess Grace Awards Gala 2016

Norwegian Official Visit to Britain in 2005

Princess Anne at Guildhall Banquet in 1972

Funeral of Princess Theodora, Margravine of Baden in 1969

Portuguese State Visit to the UK in 1955

Royal Film Performance of ‘Neapolitan Fantasy’ in 1954

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Princess Gina’s Diamond Earrings

Today marks the Centenary of the Birth of the late Princess Gina of Liechtenstein, born Countess Georgina von Wilczek and the the mother of Prince Hans Adam II of Liechtenstein, who was born on this day in 1921! The Austrian Countess who was the beloved Princess Consort of the small Alpine Principality for much of the tumultuous 20th century, to mark the anniversary, we are featuring Princess Gina’s Diamond Earrings!

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