Habsburg Pearl and Diamond Bandeau

Happy 25th Anniversary to Archduke Karl and Archduchess Francesca von Habsburg! In honour of their anniversary, we are taking a look at the wedding Tiara. An antique bandeau made of diamond motifs with pearls, this tiara is reputed to have been once owned by Empress ‘Sissi’ of Austria, though no photographic proof exists. A similar (if not the same) bandeau was worn by Princess Adelheid of Prussia, née Saxe-Meiningen, aunt of Archduchess Regina. (h/t to Stefan) Continue reading

King Michael of Romania’s Funeral

Members of the Romanian Royal Family, Foreign Royalty and Heads of State attended the State Funeral of King Michael of Romania on December 16th. King Michael died in Switzerland on December 5th, at the age of 96. He first became King in 1927, and though he hasn’t been the reigning Head of State since 1947, the Government is giving the late King a State Funeral, in line with the plans to give the Royal Family Official Status in Romania. Continue reading

Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall in Austria- Day 2

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall completed their two-day visit to Austria on April 6th. On the final day of their tour of Europe, they visited the Jewish museum in Vienna, enjoyed a rehearsal of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, visited a vineyard and ‘Buschenschank’, saw a demonstration at the Spanish riding school, and . Click HERE for Day 1. Continue reading