The Spanish Tiaras

  March 4, 2009 at 5:12 pm by

Queen Sofia wearing the Spanish tiaras

The Shell Tiara, by Mellerio
The Shell Tiara, made of platinum and diamonds forming shells with pear-shaped pearls dangling from their centres, dates back to Queen Isabella II who offered it to her daughter Infanta Maria Isabel on the occasion of her wedding to Prince Gaetano of Bourbon-Two Sicilies in 1868. The Shell Tiara was inherited by her nephew King Alfonso XIII who passed it on to his son Don Juan, Count of Barcelona. He offered the Shell Tiara to his son Don Juan Carlos on the occasion of his wedding to Princess Sofia in 1962.

The Fleur-De-Lys Tiara, by Ansorena
The Fleur-De-Lys Tiara, made of platinum and diamonds forming the Fleur-De-Lys, the heraldic emblem of the House of Bourbon, dates back to King Alfonso XIII who offered it to his bride Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, later known as Queen Ena, as a wedding gift in 1906. The Fleur-De-Lys Tiara is said to be the most cherished tiara of The Royal Family of Spain and only passes on from Queen to Queen.

The Prussian Tiara, by Koch
The Prussian Tiara, made of platinum and diamonds with a large, pear-shaped pendant at its centre, dates back to Kaiser Wilhelm II who offered it to his daughter Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia, the grandmother of Queen Sofia, on the occasion of her wedding to Ernst Augustus, Duke of Brunswick in 1913. Princess Victoria Louise passed it on to her daughter Princess Frederica of Hanover, who offered the Prussian Tiara to her daughter Princess Sofia, who wore it on the occasion of her wedding to Don Juan Carlos in 1962. The Prussian Tiara was also worn by Doña Letizia on the occasion of her wedding to Prince Felipe in 2004.

The Loop Tiara, by Cartier
The Loop Tiara, made of platinum and diamonds forming inverted tears with two rows of pearls, dates back to Queen Maria Christina of Austria who passed it on to her son King Alfonso XIII. He offered the Loop Tiara to his son Don Juan, Count of Barcelona on the occasion of his wedding to Doña Maria Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies in 1935. After her death in 2000 King Juan Carlos I acquired the Loop Tiara and offered it to Queen Sofia.

The Floral Tiara, by Mellerio
The Floral Tiara, made of platinum and diamonds forming five flowers, dates back to General Francisco Franco who offered it to Princess Sofia on the occasion of her wedding to Don Juan Carlos in 1962. The Floral Tiara, worn by Infanta Cristina on the occasion of her wedding to Don Iñaki Urdangarin in 1997, can also be used as a necklace or even be dismantled into brooches.

The Pearl Tiara, by Cartier
The Pearl Tiara, made of platinum and diamonds with eight pearls replacing the emeralds of earlier years, dates back to Queen Ena who passed it on to her daughter Doña Maria Cristina, Countess Marone. After her death in 1996 King Juan Carlos I acquired the Pearl Tiara and offered it to Queen Sofia.

Princess Letizia wearing the Spanish tiaras

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2 Responses to The Spanish Tiaras

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  2. Elizangela von Starhemberg says:

    magnifique…
    gioeilli di familiem…
    Princess Elizangela Moreira von Starhemberg

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