Funeral of King Constantine II of Greece

Royal Guests from around the world joined the Greek Royal Family for the the Funeral of King Constantine II of Greece at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Athens at noon on January 16th, which will be followed by the Burial in the Royal Cemetery at Tatoi Palace. The former King Constantine II was an Olympic Gold Medalist before becoming the Sovereign for nine years and then being exiled for over 40 years, returning to Greece only a decade ago. Continue reading

Princess Victoria Melita’s English Rose Brooch

Today marks the 55th Anniversary of the Death of Grand Duchess Kira Kirillovna, the Princess of Prussia, who passed away on this day in 1967! The exiled Russian Grand Duchess who married the Head of the House of Hohenzollern, Grand Duchess Kira possessed some spectacular Prussian Royal Heirlooms, but she also owned a special British Royal Heirloom: Princess Victoria Melita’s English Rose Brooch!  Continue reading

Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna’s Pearl Drop Tiara

Today marks the 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia, who was born not his day in 1872! Queen Victoria’s Hessen Granddaughter who became the tragic last Empress of Russia, the Tsarina possessed a splendid personal jewellery collection as well as a spectacular collection of jewels from the Imperial Vaults, which included this massive Pearl Drop Tiara!

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Grand Duchess Elizabeth Mavrikievna’s Aquamarine Brooch

Today marks the 95th Anniversary of the death of Grand Duchess Elizabeth Mavrikievna, who died on this day in 1927! The Princess of Saxe-Altenburg had married Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich of Russia and had nine children, though the First World War and the Russian Revolution meant that she lost much of her family before making a harrowing escape into exile. As a minor member of the Romanov Family, the Grand Duchess did not possess a spectacular jewellery collection like other family members, but that does not make her Bolin Aquamarine Brooch any less splendid!  Continue reading