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
Happy Birthday to Princess Camilla of the Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duchess of Castro, who turns 50 today! An Italian Heiress married to a Head of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies who is quite active on the European Social Circuit, the Duchess attends quite a few glittering events, and since we have already covered her Ancona Tiara, so to mark her birthday today, we are taking a look at her striking Ruby Dragonfly Tiara! Continue reading
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.
Today marks the Anniversary of the Death of Princess Eugenie of Greece, who died on this day in 1989! The Greek Princess, cousin of many prominent royals, who was married first to a Radziwiłł Prince and then to a German-Italian Prince, the Princess had many jewels, and after featuring her Diamond Tiara and the Radziwiłł Tiara, to mark the anniversary today, we are featuring the magnificent Castel Duino Sapphire Necklace!
Today marks the 20th Anniversary of the Death of Queen Marie José of Italy, who died on this day in 2001. The Belgian Princess who became the last Queen of Italy, Queen Marie Jose possessed the vast jewellery collection of the House of Savoy, but an outstanding example of that is the Sapphire Necklace we are featuring today!
Happy Birthday to Pope Francis, who turns 84 today! To mark the day, we are going to be taking an in-depth look at the Privilège du Blanc, the special Papal Privilege that allows certain Catholic Queens and Consorts to wear white in the presence of the Pope.