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Old 07-16-2017, 02:54 AM
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Tiara and necklace worn at religious wedding:

Royal Musings: Fallon and George of Serbia have religious wedding

Seems to me that the necklace is real, while the tiara is paste. Don't know :-(

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Old 08-14-2017, 11:22 PM
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Originally Posted by maria-olivia View Post
This tiara went to King Peter Ii and Queen Alexandra. I saw only one smallPicture.
They sold he tiara to van Cleef and Arpels , who sold the emerald cabochons to Chaumet.
The tiara on display in Brussels was with fake emeralds.
Regarding this beautiful emerald parure...I was reading recently a book "For love of a King" by Queen Alexandra of Yugoslavia.

She said that King Peter II has given her the emerald parure as a wedding present, wanting to do the same, just as his father did it for Queen Marie previously.

She wore it only once, at pre wedding ball of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip complaining that even the necklace was too heavy and that she couldn't wait to get it off.

At the time the parure was sold off, King Peter II and Queen Alexandra were separated. She was living in her house,Villa Eden in Venice, with her mother, while King Peter II was living penniless in Madrid, wanting a divorce.

Soon as she heard the conditions he was facing, she decided to give him the parure to sell it off and take the money, but as they were not in "good terms" it was Princess Aspasia who was sent, in Alexandra's name, to present it to the King in order to sell it. When he realized why Princess Aspasia came to see him, he was stunned, but at the moment he received the tiara, he didn't say one word.

She only made one condition under which the parure had to be sold off. She didn't want to be sold off to anyone she might have known or anyone from same social circle they moved in, fearing that at some point in future, some other lady would wear her jewels at the same event in her presence, which would be too embarrassing and too awkward for her.

She said that King Peter II later assured her that the emerald parure was sold off "very discreetly", but didn't wanting to say to whom and for what amount he has sold it off.

So, she was the last owner of this magnificent tiara.

Regarding her other jewels, she stated that they also had to be sold off, stating that some of them were very "valuable" to her as they were presents from her mother.

Her diamond chandelier earring she often used to wear, which were present from King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain, were at some point stolen from her.

1955. A formal portrait of King Peter and Queen Alexandra of Yugoslavia. Pictures | Getty Images

This two row strand pearl necklace was confirmation gift from her mother, along with matching earrings(shown in the last picture) and she kept it always with her.

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Old 08-15-2017, 01:39 AM
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Thank you very much for that interesting post Marc23. It is a pity that there are no other tiaras in this branch of the family. The one that is worn by princess Katherine looks like a paste bandeau to me.
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Old 08-15-2017, 03:40 AM
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It was interesting to know such facts and that's why I wanted to share these details, especially since I would forget them

It seems to me that Princess Katherine is often wearing these pearls which belonged to Queen Alexandra and were left to her son.

As for the tiara, I know from people that work(ed) with her that the tiara is real, like the only diamond necklace she has, although don't know the provenance.

And considering her temperament, grand behavior, wanting to be royal above all and being well off in her own right I don't think she would allow herself such thing as wearing paste among other royal born persons.
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Old 08-15-2017, 06:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Marc23 View Post
And considering her temperament, grand behavior, wanting to be royal above all and being well off in her own right I don't think she would allow herself such thing as wearing paste among other royal born persons.
Grand behavior? Ive always gotten the impression that shes a nice lady.
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Old 08-15-2017, 09:43 AM
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Grand behavior? Ive always gotten the impression that shes a nice lady.
Well, sometimes impressions hide ambitions...

There have been many articles in the newspapers about her bad behavior towards her employees.

Press Online :: Politika :: Kraljevski tretman: Biju i šikaniraju za državne pare

Press Online :: Politika :: Mesecima su me zlostavljali, a na kraju sam dobila i batine

Few of the articles, although in serbian language. Doesn't matter who is guilty, but these kind of things do not help the image of the royal family which is very low among Serbian people.

One of the few gaffes that I have heard recently was that she applied to the Royal council for her children to be granted HRH, but, of course, it was denied.

My friend was working on the order of precedence for the reburial of King Peter II in Oplenac. She instructed him to make the order and strictly follow the rules. When he has done the list she got very mad and shouted at him because her children were not, due to order of precedence rules, listed among royals and screamed at him how could he have done such thing.

Also, few years ago, I was with her and some other people having dinner in the royal related restaurant near Oplenac church. When she took a little bit more wine, she began loudly talking about her being a Queen. One of the royal council members, happens to be a cousin of the restaurant owner, who was also present there, tomorrow asked CP Alexander just to talk to her and "calm" her down as such things people here view very negatively and it doesn't support royal house image. When he talked to her, she immediately informed this council member that "there is no need anymore for him to come to his office in the palace" and that he could do his job from home.

Sorry to reveal such details, but as a monarchist I would like the best for my country, but one must know how things should have been done.

People's impressions about Princess Maria da Gloria when she visited Serbia were very,very good. She was decent, discreet, not pushy and people liked it. One of the persons who didn't like it was Katherine, just as she didn't like the fact that Princess Elizabeth is very popular and ordered few years ago that she can't come to the palace, all in order not to "steal the show" from her. She would very much like to be popular among people, but sometimes just can't control herself and doesn't know how to achieve that.

Unfortunately, in recent years, there have been many articles and interviews about feuds in the family which ruined their image. First CR Alexander and Princess Elizabeth and later CP Alexander and Prince Vladimir. Sometimes they fight, sometimes they try to be a family, but they should be more united.

One of the latest feud articles, regarding burial of the deceased family members in ancestral crypt which was denied by CP and his wife.

And some older ones where royal family members do not speak nicely about CP and his wife, including deceased Prince Tomislav, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Eva Maria, widow of Prince Andrej:

Prince Vladimir talks about Crown Princess Katherine:

Hope things are a bit clearer now. :) It's much more complicated than it seems on the surface. :(

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