Wedding of Prince Christian of Hanover

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Belgian State Visit to Canada

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

Grafton 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

Habsburg Pearl and Diamond Bandeau

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

Japanese New Year’s Reception 2018

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