Princess de Réthy’s Köchert Emerald Brooch

Today marks the 105th Anniversary of the Birth of Princess Lilian of Belgium, Princess of Réthy, who was born on this day in 1916! The commoner who controversially married the widowed King Leopold III of Belgium in house arrest during the Second World War, Princess Lilian was the beloved stepmother to Grand Duchess Joséphine Charlotte of Luxembourg, King Baudouin and King Albert II of Belgium, and as the First lady, but not Queen of Belgium, for almost two decades, possessed a spectacular Jewellery Collection, which included this Köchert Emerald Brooch! Continue reading

Habsburg Peridot Parure

Today marks the 90th anniversary of the death of Archduchess Isabella Hedwig Franziska Natalie, who died on this day in 1931. Born a Princess of the House of Croÿ, she married  Archduke Friedrich, Duke of Teschen, in 1878. The couple had eight daughters and one son, who made prominent marriages within several European royal houses. To mark the day, we are taking a look at the Habsburg Peridot Parure! Continue reading

Princess Ileana’s Diamond Tiara

Today marks the 30th Anniversary of the Death of Princess Ileana of Romania, who died on this day in 1991! The Romanian Princess who married an Austrian Archduke and then had to flee both Austria and Romania to eventually settle in the United States, we have already talked about how Princess Ileana sold the magnificent Vladimir Sapphire Kokoshnik to fund her life in exile, but today we are going to talk about her Diamond Scroll Tiara!

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