Happy Birthday to Queen Letizia of the Spain, who is celebrating her 51st Birthday today! Although the Queen is the current main wearer of the historic pieces from the Spanish Jewel Vault, HM has also worn several modern jewels from her personal collection. To mark her birthday, we are featuring one of those modern acquisitions, the Ansorena Diamond and Pearl Tiara!
Last week, it was revealed that several Jewels from the Estate of the late Countess of Paris are going on Auction in Paris, the highlight of which is the Orléans Diamond Comb, the versatile two-centuries old Heirloom from the Princess of Joinville which was one of the last remaining Orléans Heirlooms.
Today marks the Anniversary of the Birth of Queen María Cristina of Spain, who was born on this day in 1858! The Austrian Archduchess, from the Habsburg-Teschen branch, who become the second wife of King Alfonso XII before serving as Spain’s Regent for 17 years after his premature death, ‘Doña Virtudes’ was known for her strong religious beliefs, austerity and staidness. Despite that, she had a great interest in jewellery, possessing a splendid collection that comprised, among many other things, several tiaras with naturalistic motifs, so to mark her 165th birthday today, we are featuring all of Queen María Cristina’s Floral Tiaras!
Tomorrow, Tamara Falcó, Marchioness of Griñón will marry Iñigo Onieva in a grand ceremony in the El Rincón Palace. The daughter of the late Carlos Falcó, Marquess of Griñón and socialite Isabel Preysler, in 2020, Tamara became the VI Marchioness of Griñón, a title created by Queen Isabella II in 1862. As a granddaughter of the Duke and Duchess of Montellano, from one of the most prominent Spanish aristocratic families, Tamara has several heirloom tiaras to choose from for her big day, which we are featuring today!
Happy Birthday to Doña Matilde Solis-Beaumont, who turns 60 today! The Spanish aristocrat who was once married to the current Duke of Alba, and is the mother of the Duke of Huéscar and the Count of Osorno. To mark the Anniversary, we are taking a look at an heirloom from her own family, the La Motilla Sapphire Tiara!
Today marks the Anniversary of the Death of Queen Victoria Eugenie of Spain, who passed away on this day in 1969! The elegant Queen had a splendid and diverse jewellery collection, piled with family heirlooms, as well as contemporary acquisitions and commissions. Some of her jewels remained within the Spanish Royal Family, and are now worn by Queen Letizia but today we are featuring an exquisite piece, whose fate and current whereabouts are involved in mystery: her Turquoise Tiara, which was featured previously, but now has much more additional information that we can now reveal!
Royal Guests and Relatives gathered from around Europe to join the Spanish Royal Family for rhe Funeral of HRH Don Juan of Borbón and Battenberg, Count of Barcelona on this day, 30 years ago. For several years, the Count battled stoically against laryngeal cancer, which eventually defeated him. He died in a hospital in the city of Pamplona with his son, King Juan Carlos I, daughter-in-law, Queen Sofia, elder daughter, Infanta Pilar, and younger daughter, Infanta Margarita, at his bedside. Continue reading
Happy Birthday to Infanta Margarita, Duchess of Soria and Hernani, who turns 84 today! As the younger sister of King Juan Carlos and the aunt of King Felipe, she has attended a plethora of glittering events over the decades, and to mark her birthday, we are taking a look at her Topaz Suite!
Happy Birthday to Princess Maria Gabriella of Savoy, who turns 83 today! The middle daughter of Italy’s last sovereign, “il Re di Maggio”, who has dedicated her life to preserving the history and legacy of the House of Savoy. Throughout the years, the dashing Princess has worn many family heirloom jewels, as well as modern acquisitions, and commissions. To mark the day, we are featuring a very meaningful heirloom: the Diamond and Pearl Bracelet Tiara!
Today marks the 55th Anniversary of the Death of Princess Maria Francisca of Orléans-Braganza, the Duchess of Braganza who passed away on this day in 1968. The daughter of Prince Pedro de Alcântara, the Heir Apparent to the Brazilian Imperial Throne, who renounced his succession rights to marry a Czech Countess, Elisabeth Dobrzensky of Dobrzenicz, Maria Francisca was a younger sister of the Countess of Paris and Prince Pedro Gastão. In 1942, she married Duarte Nuno of Braganza, a Pretender to the defunct Portuguese Throne, so to mark the occasion, we are featuring her versatile Diamond Bandeau!