Hesse Emerald Brooch

Today marks the 20th Anniversary of the Death of Princess Sophie of Greece and Hannover, who died on this day in 2001! The sister of the late Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Sophie was married first to Prince Christoph of Hesse and then after his untimely death during the Second World War, married Prince George William of Hanover, being a constant presence at Greek, British, and German Royal events throughout the 20th century. To mark the anniversary we are featuring one of Princess Sophie’s most important Heirloom Jewels: The Hesse Emerald Brooch!

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Today in Royal History | November 24

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The Death of Princess Sophie of Greece and Hanover in 2001

[Hanover Emerald Laurel Wreath Tiara | Hesse Emerald Tiara | Hesse Emerald Brooch]

The 66th Birthday of the Duke of Marlborough

The Death of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia in 1960

The Birth of Princess Bejaratana of Thailand in 1925

[Emerald Suite]

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Royal Variety Performance in 2017

  Prince Harry in St Kitts and Nevis in 2016

Queen’s ‘Annus Horribilis’ Speech in 1992

The Funeral of the Hesse Royal Family in 1937

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Spanish State Visit to Sweden

Spanish State Visits to Sweden

King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain will begin a State Visit to Sweden tomorrow, where they will be hosted by the Swedish Royal Family! The first Spanish State Visit to Sweden in over 40 years promises to be a splendid occasion, so we are featuring all the previous Spanish State Visits to Sweden. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and King Felipe VI of Spain are both descended through Queen Victoria from their respective grandmother, Crown Princess Margareta of Sweden, and great-grandmother, Queen Victoria Eugenie of Spain.   Continue reading

Today in Royal History | November 23

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The Death of Queen Elisabeth of Belgium in 1965

[Cartier Bandeau Tiara | Art Deco Diamond Tiara | Diamond Bandeau

The 72nd Birthday of Princess Isabelle of Liechtenstein

[Hapsburg Fringe Tiara]

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Peter Stuyvesant Ball in 2019

The Danish State Visit to Ghana in 2017

  Banquet at the Royal Palace of Stockholm in 1989

The Spanish State Visit to Nepal in 1986

The Belgian State Visit to Iran in 1964

Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko in Ethiopia in 1960

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Spanish State Visits to Sweden

Queen Amélie’s Diamond Tiara

Happy Birthday to the Duchess of Braganza, who turns 55 today! The Portuguese aristocrat, who grew up between Portugal, Angola, and Brazil, married Dom Duarte Pio, the Duke of Braganza, pretender to the defunct Portuguese throne. The couple have three children, Prince Afonso, Infanta Maria Francisca and Infante Dinis, and enjoy a semi-official role in the Portuguese Republic, being invited for ceremonial events, including State Banquets, so in honour of the Duchess’ birthday, we are featuring one of her most splendid jewels: Queen Amélie’s ‘Dom Luis’ Tiara:

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Today in Royal History | November 22

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The Death of Infanta Beatriz, Princess of Civitella-Cesi in 2002

[Queen Victoria Eugenie’s Aquamarine Parure | Queen Victoria’s Sunray Fringe Tiara]

The 55th Birthday of the Duchess of Braganza

[The Portuguese Royal Tiaras | Queen Amélie’s Diamond Tiara]

The 72nd Birthday of Countess Gunilla von Bismarck

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The Enthronement of King Juan Carlos of Spain in 1975

 The Dutch State Visit to Britain in 1950

Concert at Austrian Legation in London in 1935

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Queen in West Africa, 1961

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were on an extensive month-long Tour of West Africa on this day in 1961 (60 years ago), visiting Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Gambia. The Tour of West Africa came after an extensive 2-month Tour of India and Pakistan with State Visits to Nepal and Iran, as well as the Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ Banquet, which were followed by State Visits to Italy and the Vatican in May, and a long stay in Scotland in the Summer. Continue reading

Today in Royal History | November 21

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The Death of Emperor Franz Josef of Austria in 1916

The Birth of Victoria, Empress Frederich in 1840

[Shell Tiara | Pearl Corsage Brooch]

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Queen Mathilde receives Bambi Award in 2019

Singapore State Visit to The Netherlands in 2018 

 Prince Harry in Antigua & Barbuda in 2016

Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace in 2006

The Spanish State Visit to Thailand in 1987

Queen in West Africa in 1961

Queen opens Baltic Exchange Extension in 1956

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