King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium are on a 6-day State Visit to Canada, from March 11th to 17th, at the invitation of Julie Payette, the Governor General of Canada (the representative of the Queen of Canada), to strengthen and celebrate political, economic and cultural ties between the two countries. Continue reading
Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, granddaughter of Queen Victoria, was born at Windsor Castle on this day in 1883. An active, full-time working member of the Royal Family for 98 years, Princess Alice attended countless glittering occasions for decades, often wearing this Diamond Palmette Tiara-
Happy Birthday to the Duchess of Grafton, who turns 98 today! As the Queen’s Lady-in-Waiting for 66 years, and Mistress of the Robes for over 50 years, the Duchess has been witness to a plethora of glittering occasions, often wearing this glittering borrowed tiara, whose feature has been almost two years in the making.
(Despite the fact that this Tiara never belonged to the Duchess of Grafton, I have termed it the Grafton Tiara, because she was it’s longest wearer) Continue reading
Happy Birthday to the Prince and Princess of Naples, who turn 81 and 83 respectively! As the Heads of the House of Savoy and pretenders to the former Thrones of Italy, the couple own a magnificent collection of heirloom jewels. In honour of their birthday, we are taking a look at some of the current and former jewels of the Italian Royal Family- Continue reading
Happy 25th Anniversary to Archduke Karl and Archduchess Francesca von Habsburg! In honour of their anniversary, we are taking a look at the wedding Tiara. An antique bandeau made of diamond motifs with pearls, this tiara is reputed to have been once owned by Empress ‘Sissi’ of Austria, though no photographic proof exists. A similar (if not the same) bandeau was worn by Princess Adelheid of Prussia, née Saxe-Meiningen, aunt of Archduchess Regina. (h/t to Stefan) Continue reading
President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson and First Lady Eliza Jean Reid of Iceland are on their first State Visit to Sweden from January 17th to 19th, where they are guests of the Swedish Royal Family. The Presidential Couple have already been on State Visits to their fellow Nordic neighbors of Denmark and Norway. Continue reading
The Danish Royal family attended the annual New Year’s Court (Nytårskur) and Banquet hosted by Queen Margrethe at Christian VII’s Palace, Amalienborg in Copenhagen on January 1st. Two more New Year’s Levees will be held next week.
Warning- some media contains flash photography! Continue reading
Members of Japanese Imperial Family attended the annual Ceremony of New Year’s Celebration at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on January 1st. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko were accompanied by Crown Prince Naruhito, Prince and Princess Akishino, Princess Mako and extended members of the Imperial Family (in their Personal Tiaras). Crown Princess Masako (wearing her Pearl Sunburst Tiara) was present, though she didn’t attend the ceremony. Continue reading