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Old 06-04-2005, 04:34 PM
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That's a nice brooch and a beautiful Queen.
She seems to be fond of gold jewelry
On Her trip to Iran in 1971 as the then Princess of Asturias.
At the royal gala honouring Latvia's president in Madrid
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Is that a new necklace?
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Old 08-31-2005, 12:34 PM
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(I am not sure to be posting this in the right place :o )(Administrators are free, of course, to delete or relocate the post.)

In Hola I found this article published before the Princes of Asturias’ wedding.

The magazine was trying to imagine which tiara would be chosen by Letizia for her own wedding.

Since they point the origins and stories behind these tiaras I thought it would be interesting to post it here.

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The tiara with Flower of Lis







This tiara is said to be one of the most cherished by the Spanish Royal Family.

It was a present given by King Alfonso XIII to Queen Victoria Eugenia, who worn it at their wedding, on the 31st of May 1906.











The tiara is made of platinum and diamonds. The tiara has a sort of hinges that makes possible to use it opened or closed.



Queen Sofia has worn this tiara in several solemn acts.




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Old 08-31-2005, 12:35 PM
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Queen Sofia’s wedding tiara



In a neoclassical style and in a Hellenic Line (due to that Greek column design like Parthenon and the laurel leaves) it was worn by Princess Sofia in her wedding day, on 14th of May 1962.

The tiara was a gift from Kaiser William II of Prussia to his daughter Princess Victoria Luisa, when, in 1913, she married to August III of Hanover. Princess Victoria Luisa offered the tiara to her daughter Princess Federica when she married Prince Pavlos of Greece. And Queen Frederica offered the tiara to her daughter Sofia when she married Prince Juan Carlos.











The tiara is made in platinum and diamonds and has a precious hanging diamond in the central part.


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Old 08-31-2005, 12:37 PM
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Pearl Tiaras



Tiara of Queen Maria Cristina of Austria (second wife of King Alfonso XII)



Queen Maria Cristina offered the tiara to her son Alfonso XIII, who offered it to his son Juan Count of Barcelona on the occasion of his wedding with Maria de las Mercedes. (But Maria de las Mercedes didn’t use the tiara at her wedding; instead she took a tiara made by orange blossom that was made especially for her in Valencia). This tiara was worn at their weddings by Infanta Doña Pilar (1967) and her daughter Simoneta (1990).



Countess of Barcelona standing by her portrait where she is seen using the tiara.

The tiara was made by Cartier, with diamonds and pearls. It has the shape of inverted tear with two rows of 14 pears. This tiara is now belonging to Infanta Doña Pilar.



Here we can see Queen Sofia wearing the tiara in Persépolis, in 1971, when she attended the celebrations of 2.500 years of the Persian monarchy.




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The Non-nuptial Tiara of Queen Ena
Designed by Cartier, this tiara has 8 big pearls and in ancient times the pearls were replaced by Emeralds. Known as the Pearl Tiara of Queen Ena (Victoria Eugenia) nobody at the Spanish Royal Family has worn it at a wedding and that is why is not considered a wedding tiara until his moment. Queen Victoria Eugenia gave it to her daughter Infanta Cristina (Marone) who offered the tiara to his nephew Juan Carlos.
Maritime Motif Tiara
(Queen Sofia wears the same earrings used by Infanta Elena at her wedding)
Made in 1867 by Mellerio Jewelers, in Paris, ordered by Elizabeth II to the wedding of her daughter Maria Isabel. It is known, as well, as the Shell Tiara due to her maritime motif. It has diamonds and pearls mounted over platinum. Infanta Doña Isabel gave this tiara to her nephew Alfonso XIII. It was not seen for long time until in the 70’s it was known that King Juan Carlos had offered it to Queen Sofia.
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Old 08-31-2005, 12:45 PM
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The Floral Tiara







This tiara worn by Infanta Cristina at her wedding with Iñaki, on the 4th of October 1997. In platinum and diamonds, it carves brilliant and it carves knob and was made by Mellerio Jewelers. It is composed by five flowers, two with the same size on both sides and a bigger central flower.



One singularity of this tiara is that can be used as a brooch or a necklace. This tiara was offered by Spanish Government to Queen Sofia, in 1962, for her wedding.




(Pictures from Hola magazine and posted through and Thanks to ImageShack for Free Image Hosting)
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All these pics were taken from http://www.familiareal.tk/ I recommend you to take a look at the website.
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hmm...how come the spanish royal family only have around 5 tiaras for the queen, letizia, and the 2 infantas to use? they don't seem to have those really grand tiaras and matching necklace and other accessories like the Danish and the British royal family...
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Old 09-04-2005, 03:19 PM
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hmm...how come the spanish royal family only have around 5 tiaras for the queen, letizia, and the 2 infantas to use? they don't seem to have those really grand tiaras and matching necklace and other accessories like the Danish and the British royal family...
The Spanish Royal Family lived many years in the exile, the Queen Victoria Eugenia could take some jewels to her when ihe went away of Spain, had to sell some because she needed money and distributed others between other members of the family. The Queen inherited only 3 tiaras, a necklace of diamonds and some smaller pieces. Later she has the tiara that she used in her wedding and that the Spanish Government gave her when she married.
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Old 09-04-2005, 03:25 PM
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Here there is an article in Spanish:

http://www.el-mundo.es/magazine/2004...077896913.html
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Old 09-04-2005, 03:31 PM
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She loves her jewelry that's for certain :) Some pieces are not something I would pick to wear on official functions - the daywear ones but in gala and evening dress, she looks fabulous :)

I know Spaniards wear their engagement and wedding rings on the right hand but I haven't been able to determine what her engagement ring is. I see the gold wedding band but there are other 2 rings on that finger as well. Does she switch the rings to her left hand when she visits countries that traditionally wear their wedding rings on the left hand or does it always stay on her right hand. I noticed that Letizia sometimes switches her rings on the other hand specially in countries where this is the custom - or is it just a reverse picture? :)
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Translation of El Mundo Article on Spanish Royal Jewels

Here is a translation of the article posted below from El Mundo magazine. It was written before the wedding of Felipe and Letizia.


Jewelry of Queens and of Letizia

The Jewelry of Queen Sofia, a private collection as any other Spanish woman's is, has magnificent pieces of jewelry with incalculable monetary and historical value. Tiaras and necklaces have passed from generation to generation. This will continue with the arrival of Dona Letizia Ortiz. The book, Jewels of the Queens of Spain, offers surprising and unknown facts about these jewels; some of which could be given to Dona Letizia to wear on her wedding day of May 22nd. The authors of the book, Fernando Rayon, and Jose Luis Sampedro, write for this magazine a little about some of these valuable jewels:


Many talk about the Crown Jewels of Spain as if they belong to the Spanish State and are handed out to the Queen and the Infantas so that they can look wonderful at public events in Spain and around the world. The truth is, however, that these jewels are privately owned as any other Spanish citizen who could possess a jewelry collection.

The jewels that Queen Sofia wears when she receives foreign monarchs and representatives at the Palacio Real in Madrid are heirlooms from ancestors. It is not infrequent that the Queen and her daughters attend gatherings of European Royalty which resemble jewel competitions that celebrate quality, size, and the actual beauty of the jewels they all wear. The Royal Family of the Netherlands has a magnificent jewels collection with stones of all sizes and colors mounted is settings that are magnificent to behold. Without a doubt, the most famous jewels collection belongs to Queen Elizabeth II, among which you will find the Ruby Spinel of the Black Prince. It is a beautiful piece that was part of the treasure of the Kings of Granada which passed to Pedro I of Castile. (Translators note: the Black Prince's Ruby belongs to the Crown Jewels, not Queen Elizabeth II. The ruby is mounted in the Imperial Crown.)

Curiously, The topic of the Spanish Royal Jewels sparks great interest in the foreign press, an interest that has grown since the arrival of Letizia Ortiz and her engagement ring of white gold and diamonds. It is not the actual ring that provokes the interest, it is the potential historical value that the ring has. This ring will form a part of Dona Letizia's private jewelry collection. The jewels that Letizia wears will be her personal jewelry, even the jewels she receives as wedding gifts. Some of these jewels could be mentioned in this article.

Tiara of Victoria Louise of Prussia

From Germany to Madrid: It has passed from generation to generation. It has been worn by the Grandmother and Mother of Queen Sofia. It has also been worn by her daughters. It may be the one Dona Letizia wears at her wedding. (Translators note: IT WAS!!)

Queen Sofia wore it at her 1962 wedding. Will Letizia wear it to her May 22nd wedding? The tiara that Letizia could wear belonged to Victoria Louise of Prussia, only daughter of Kaiser Wihelm II, and grandmother to Queen Sofia. Kaiser Wilhelm II gave the tiara as wedding gift to his daughter upon her 1913 wedding to the Duke of Brunswick. It is an exquisite piece of jewelry by Berlin jewelry designer, Koch. It has a large, pear-shaped diamond pendant at its centre and set in platinum and diamond brilliants. Victoria Louise gave the tiara to her daughter, Fredericka of Greece who then gave it to her daughter Princess Sofia of Greece. Sofia wore it at her Athens wedding in 1962.

Letizia could choose to wear the pearls and diamonds of Queen Victoria Eugenie, gifts for her 1906 wedding to Alfonso XIII of Spain. Victoria Eugenie gave these jewels to her son, the Count of Barcelona, who was then head of the Spanish Royal House. The Count of Barcelona renounced his rights in 1977 in favor of his son. The jewels then passed to King Juan Carlos II.

The Elizabeth de Bourbon Tiara

With memories of the sea: This tiara was worn by a princess who never wore a crown: Princess Elizabeth de Bourbon, who was known as "La Chata". The tiara was given to then Princess Sofia of Greece by her father-in-law. It is another tiara that Dona Letizia could wear during the wedding festivities. It is made of platinum, pearls, and diamond brilliants and dates back to 1867 when Isabel II of Spain acquired the tiara and gave it later as a gift to her daughter Princess Elizabeth de Bourbon. Princess Elizabeth died in 1931 without issue, and the tiara was inherited by Alfonso XIII. The tiara passed to the Count of Barcelona who then gave it as a wedding gift to then Princess Sofia in 1962. The tiara resembles shells which have pear-shaped pearls and diamonds dangling from their centres.

Franco's Gifts

General Franco chose to give then Princess Sofia a magnificent piece of jewelry that could be converted to a tiara, necklace, and brooches when dismantled. Letizia could decide to wear the diamond floral motif tiara that was a gift from General Franco to Sofia in 1962. The piece was bought from Aldao de Madrid, and is convertible. It is the tiara that the Infanta Cristina wore to her wedding in 1997.

The Niarchos Rubies

The Greek millionaire Stavros Niarchos gave the then Princess Sofia of Greece a beautiful suite of tiara, necklace, and earrings made of rubies and gold as a wedding gift in 1962. It was made by Van Cleef and Arpels. The necklace is made of a chain of large rubies surrounded by diamond brilliants. This necklace can be worn as a choker, a double row necklace, or as a sautoir down to the waist.

Family Jewels

The first historic gift of jewels from Felipe to Dona Letizia was on November 6, 2003 during an engagement luncheon. Felipe said Letizia had seen the gift before the luncheon and was a necklace of pearls and sapphires. Queen Sofia does not have such a necklace. Queen Sofia does have a pearl necklace with a sapphire drop pendant that belonged to Queens Marie and Helen of Romania, and Queen Fredericka of Greece. The pearl necklace has 2 rows of pearls with a sapphire surrounded by diamond brilliants as a pendant. The pendant can be worn as a brooch also.

The Brazilian Aquamarines

Will they give them to Dona Letizia?? The Aquamarines?? It was one of the most favorite parures of Victoria Eugenie. Victoria Eugenie often said that this was her favorite parure because it went well with her blond hair and blue eyes.

The parure consists of a tiara, necklace, earrings, ring, and a bracelet. The parure belongs to the decendents of Princess Beatrice, daughter of Victoria Eugenie. It could be a great gift to give to Dona Letizia and bring it back to the Spanish Royal Family.

From Queen to Queen

Tiara of Diamonds and Fleur de Lys: It is the heraldic emblem of the Bourbons and passes from Queen to Queen.

The Diamond Collet Necklace: Formed by large Diamond Collets, it was the envy of all royal women in 1906.

La Peregrina: The original pear-shaped pendant, a gift from Philip II of Spain to Mary Tudor now belongs to Elizabeth Taylor. The Spanish Royals have a copy.

The Jewels that will definitely be inherited by Dona Letizia when she becomes Queen Consort, were designated by Maria, Countess of Barcelona (mother of Juan Carlos II) to be worn by future Queens. They are the jewels of her mother-in-law, Victoria Eugenie, who declared them to be so in a codicil of her Last Will and Testament. Although there are actually no official "Spanish Crown Jewels", this group of jewels will pass to Dona Letizia upon becoming Queen Consort. In this group of jewels is a tiara of three diamond fleur de lys, a great diamond collet necklace, La Peregrina, (all described above) and another necklace of 37 large pearls.
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Is that a new necklace?
A close up of the "mysterious" necklace I was talking about (pictures from Newscom):
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any good photos of the tiara he queen wore at the recent state visit
Hello Josefine, please check the following link. The picture at the top is of Queen Sofia wearing the tiara you are talking about. It has some other nices pictures as well.

http://www.etoile.co.uk/Columns/RoyalScribe/050502.html
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Does anyone have a picture of Sofia at this banquet?
She wore the fleur de lys tiara.
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On one hand Sophia didn't receive an engagement ring but a bracelet!!. It was and old spanish tradition to give a bracelet instead of a ring. Queen Sophia doesn't wear that bracelet very often.
On the other hand some spanish tend to wear their wedding ring on their right hand, specially in Castillia, but in Catalonia people always wear their wedding ring on the left hand, and sometimes when the royal family visit Catalonia switch their ring on the left hand.
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Is this the bracelet?
I guess it comes with a ring because they look similar..


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Here is one of the gala dinner of yesterday, i think that this photo is absolutelly beautiful!! The Queen has a beautiful eyes!
The neckale isn't complet but we can see it.
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