Queen Letizia Debuts Her Ansorena Tiara
It appears that when foreign royals receive an invitation to a major gala event in Denmark, they go rummaging around in their jewel vaults thinking, “What hasn’t been worn in a while?”
First Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece brought out Queen Sophie’s Diamond Tiara for a banquet in 2012 to celebrate Queen Margrethe II’s ruby jubilee. Now, Queen Letizia of Spain has debuted her Ansorena tiara at the same Queen’s 75th birthday dinner last night.
The tiara has been spoken about for five years (some believed it was a myth because it had never been seen), and it’s provenance is still somewhat of a mystery as there are two stories of how the tiara came into Letizia’s possession. The initial story was that her husband, then still Prince Felipe, purchased it from Ansorena, a jeweller closely linked to the Spanish Royal House. The other story is that the tiara was a gift from the jewel house themselves.
The tiara features a diamond fleur-de-lis motif in the centre (which can be removed and worn as a brooch, as Letizia has done several times) flanked by ten curved diamond spikes topped with Australian pearls. It is set in white gold.
Royal watchers have been divided over the Ansorena tiara – some like it for its simplicity, saying it compliments Queen Letizia’s personality, while others feel it looks too much like a pageant crown. Discuss your thoughts in Letizia’s jewellery thread.Filed under Spain
Tagged Ansorena Tiara, Queen Letizia of Spain, Tiaras.