Portuguese Emerald Tiara

Today marks the 70th Anniversary of the Death of Queen Amélie of Portugal, who died on this day in 1951! The eldest daughter of Prince Philippe, Count of Paris and Infanta Marie Isabelle of Spain, Amélie was born in London, where her family was living in exile. In 1886, she married Dom Carlos, Prince Royal of Portugal. The couple had three children, Prince Luís Filipe, Infanta Maria Ana (who died right after birth), and Infante Manuel, succeeding to the throne in 1889. In 1908, the King and his heir, Luis Filipe, were assassinated at Terreiro do Paço square, which led to the accession of her younger son as King. Manuel II reigned for two years before the monarchy was abolished. Amélie lived the rest of her life in exile in Versailles, France. She outlived her son, who had no descendants. To mark the day, we are taking a look at her Emerald Parure! Continue reading

Grand Duchess Maria Kirillovna’s Diamond Necklace

Today marks the 70th Anniversary of the Death of Grand Duchess Maria Kirillovna of Russia, Princess of Leiningen, who died on this day in 1951! The elder daughter of Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich of Russia and Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha, Grand Duchess Maria Kirillovna was the sister of Grand Duke Vladimir and Grand Duchess Kira, Princess of Prussia, growing up in exile in France and Germany before she married the 6th Prince of Leiningen in 1925. The Prince and Princess of Leiningen had seven children, including Prince Karl of Leiningen and Princess Margarita of Hohenzollern, and remained married until his death in a Russian Concentration Camp in 1946, with the Grand Duchess passing away in 1951. To mark the anniversary, we are featuring Grand Duchess Maria Kirillovna’s spectacular Diamond Necklace! Continue reading

Wedding of Prince Philippos of Greece

The Religious Wedding of Prince Philippos of Greece, the youngest son of King Constantine II and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, and Nina Nastassja Flohr (wearing a Chanel Gown and the Antique Corsage Tiara) in a Religious Ceremony at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Athens on October 23rd. The couple got married in a Civil Ceremony in Switzerland last December. and had a Pre-Wedding Party at Lake Vouliagmeni. Continue reading

Princess Mako’s Diamond Tiara

Happy Birthday to Princess Mako of Akishino, who turns 30 today! The elder daughter of the Japanese Crown Prince and Crown Princess, Princess Mako is also the eldest grandchild of the former Emperor Akihito and is set to leave her royal titles when she controversially marries Kei Komuro next week. To mark the day, and this important milestone in Princess Mako’s life, we are featuring her Diamond Tiara and Parure!  Continue reading

Princess Yolanda’s Diamond Tiara

Today marks the 35th Anniversary of the Death of Princess Yolanda of Savoy, Countess of Bergolo, who died on this day in 1986! The eldest daughter of wartime King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy, Princess Yolanda eschewed a royal match and married an Italian Count, living a quiet life in Italy througout the upheavals of the 20th century. To mark the anniversary, we are featuring Princess Yolanda’s spectacular Petochi Tiara! Continue reading

Princess Dagmar’s Diamond Floral Tiara

Today marks the 60th Anniversary of the Death of Princess Dagmar of Denmark, Mrs Castenskjold, who passed away on this day in 1961! The fourth daughter and youngest child of King Frederick VIII of Denmark and Princess Louise of Sweden and Norway, Princess Dagmar was the sister of King Christian X of Denmark, King Haakon VII of Norway, and Princess Ingeborg of Sweden. In 1922, she married Jørgen Castenskjold, a member of the Danish Nobility and son of the Royal Danish Court Chamberlain, Though Princess Dagmar did not marry into a Royal Family, she often attended extended Danish Royal Family events, usually wearing her Diamond Floral Tiara! Continue reading

Queen Isabella II’s Castillos y Leones Tiara

Today marks the anniversary of the birth of Queen Isabel II of Spain, who was born on this day in 1830! Isabel was the eldest surviving daughter of King Fernando VII and his wife and niece, Maria Cristina of Bourbon-Two Sicilies. She became Queen of Spain at the early age of 3, after the death of her father. The reign of the “queen of sad fates” was marked by a great political turmoil that ended in the queen’s Parisian exile in 1868, after the Glorious Revolution. To mark this anniversary, we are taking a look at her Tiara of Castillos y Leones. Continue reading