Today marks the 195th of the Birth of Empress Eugénie of France, who was born on this day in 1826! Doña María Eugenia de Palafox y Kirkpatrick, Countess of Teba and Marchioness of Ardales, popularly known as Eugenia de Montijo, became the Empress of the French after her marriage to Napoleon III, in 1853. The daughter of the Count of Monitjo, the sister of the Duchess of Alba, and the godmother of Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain, who married the head of the Bonaparte family, Empress Eugénie lived a very long life dying at age 96, in Madrid. To mark the anniversary, we are featuring her marvellous Andean Emerald Cross, a 45 carat emerald cross that traveled through the French, British and Spanish Royal Collections, in an article written by assistant editor, David Rato, who runs the Spanish Royal Jewels account on Instagram! Continue reading
Today marks the 155th Anniversary of the Death of Queen Marie-Amélie of The French, who died on this day in 1866! The Bourbon-Two Sicilies Princess who married the Duke of Orléans in exile and then unexpectedly became the Queen of the French, Queen Marie-Amélie possessed a few splendid jewels, the most prominent of which was the Orléans Sapphire Parure!
Today marks the 125th Anniversary of the Birth of Princess Hedwige of Bourbon-Parma, who was born on this day in 1896! The French Aristocrat married into the illustrious Bourbon-Parma Family, Princess Hedwige attended a plethora of glittering royal events, wearing what has become one of the most iconic Bourbon-Parma jewels- The Chaumet Bourbon-Parma Tiara.