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 also had heirlooms from the Belgian Royal Family which included her Beauharnais Pearl Tiara! Continue reading
Happy Burns Night! A celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, the author of many a Scots poem, Burns Night also brings out much Scottish Symbolism. The Thistle is the floral emblem of Scotland, represented in the Order of the Thistle, and thus today, we are featuring a royal jewel that highlights the thistle: Queen Mary’s Diamond Thistle Brooch! Continue reading
Happy Birthday to Princess Caroline of Monaco and Hanover, who turns 65 today! The elder sister of Prince Albert II and only beneficiary of her grandmother, Princess Charlotte, and mother, Princess Grace, who is also the Consort of the Head of the illustrious House of Hanover, Princess Caroline has a magnificent jewellery collection, one of the highlights of which is the Cartier Pearl Drop Tiara! Continue reading
Happy Birthday to Princess Nina of Greece and Denmark, who turns 35 today! The Swiss Heiress who recently married the younger son of King Constantine II and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, Princess Nina has not yet had the opportunity to wear many royal jewels, an exception being the spectacular Antique Corsage Tiara! Continue reading
Happy Anniversary to Tsar Simeon and Queen Margarita of Bulgaria, who got married in Switzerland on this day 60 years ago! The nuptials of the exiled Tsar and orphaned Spanish Aristocrat brought together many royal guests, and to top off her outfit, the new Queen Margarita wore the most spectacular Heirloom of the Bulgarian Royal Family: The Köchert Fleur-de-Lys Tiara!
Happy Birthday to Queen Mathilde of Belgium, who turns 49 today! With one of the smallest jewellery collections among her European counterparts, Queen Mathilde is frequently seen in just a few limited pieces, and quite a few loans, from which we are featuring her Diamond Butterfly Brooch today! Continue reading
Happy Birthday to Princess Birgitta of Sweden and Hohenzollern, who turns 85 today! King Carl XVI Gustaf’s second elder sister who married a Hohenzollern Prince and lives in Majorca, Princess Birgitta has owned and worn some splendid Jewels from the Swedish Royal and Hohenzollern collections, which includes today’s features: Princess Sibylla’s 5-Strand Pearl Necklace!
Today marks the 95th Anniversary of the Death of Empress Charlotte (Carlota) of Mexico, who died on this day in 1927! The fourth child and only daughter of Leopold I, King of the Belgians, and Princess Louise of Orléans, who become an Archduchess of Austria, after marrying Archduke Maximilian of Habsburg-Lorraine. The couple was eventually invited to became the short-lived Emperor and Empress of the Second Mexican Empire. Throughout her long life, Charlotte amassed a considerable fortune and a splendid jewellery collection that was left to her Belgian Family, as she didn’t have any children of her own, so to mark the anniversary, we are featuring Empress Carlota’s Diamond Stomacher! Continue reading
Today marks the 140th Anniversary of the Birth of Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna / Princess Nicholas of Greece, who was born on this day in 1882! The only daughter of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia and Duchess Marie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin who married Prince Nicholas of Greece and was the mother of of Princess Paul of Yugoslavia, Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, and Princess Elisabeth, Countess of Törring-Jettenbach, Grand Duchess Elena possessed many spectacular jewels, including today’s Diamond Crown Brooch! Continue reading