Today marks the 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 Tsarina Elizabeth Alexeievna’s Diamond Kokoshnik Tiara!
Princess Alice’s Emerald Brooch
Today marks the 180th Anniversary of the Birth of Princess Alice, Grand Duchess of Hesse, who was born on this day in 1843! The fascinating second daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert who married the Grand Duke of Hesse and became a prolific champion of nursing until her tragic death, Princess Alice was the mother of, among others, Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia, and her splendid Jewellery Collection included this spectacular Emerald Brooch!
Princess Mary’s Russian Sapphire Devant de Corsage
Today marks the Anniversary of the Death of Princess Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood, who passed away on this day in 1965! The only daughter of King George V and Queen Mary who married into the prominent Aristocratic Family, Princess Mary had an enormous jewellery collection, most of which has been sold in the years since her passing, though today’s piece is unique in having been sold during her life time: The Russian Sapphire Devant de Corsage!
Empress Maria Feodrovna’s Sapphire Brooch
Next week, the Duchess of Kent will be celebrating her 90th Birthday! The Baronet’s daughter who married the late Queen’s first cousin and was a working royal for over 40 years before retiring from royal duties, the Duchess possessed some spectacular heirloom Jewels, many of which we have featured over the years, though we reserved some special heirlooms for her 90th Birthday, beginning our series by featuring Empress Maria Feodrovna’s Sapphire Brooch!
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
Royal Guests arrive in Athens
Princess Paley’s Pearl Corsage
Today marks the Anniversary of the Death of Princess Paley, who passed away on this day in 1929! The noblewoman who had an affair with a widower Grand Duke and later became his morganatic wife, Princess Paley possessed some spectacular jewels, which included this splendid Cartier Pearl and Diamond Corsage!
Empress Maria Feodorovna’s Pearl Wave Tiara
Today marks the 175th Anniversary of the Birth of Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia, who was born on this day in 1847! The Danish Princess who married the Russian Tsar and became the mother of the tragic last Tsar, the Empress possessed a spectacular collection of jewels, though the Pearl Wave Tiara and Parure is synonymous with her public identity!
Empress Maria Feodorovna’s Pearl Drop Tiara
Today marks the Anniversaries of the Deaths of Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia and of Gladys, Duchess of Marlborough, so today we are featuring a spectacular Heirloom that belonged to both ladies and is now in the Philippines: Empress Maria Feodorovna’s Pearl Drop Tiara!
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