According to the blog Gods and Foolish Grandeur, Princess Vera Nikolaievna Lobanov Rostovsky lived in the area now known as Cannes, France and was widowed early. Left wealthy, she embarked upon establishing a rather large jewelry collection. Be sure to check out the blog for more photos of the rather spectacular collection!
The tiara made its way to the House of Savoy, and the Duchess of Aosta last wore the tiara in the fashion of the time, low and across the forehead. She also took advantage and removed the center element and replaced it with a colored gemstone.
Fun facts: The Duchess of Aosta’s daughter’s daughter-in-law is Princess Astrid of Belgium (via daughter Margherita’s son Lorenz). Wouldn’t it be fun to see Astrid wear this piece?
The Duchess’s daughter’s granddaughter (via daughter Margherita—>Maria Beatrice—>Olympia, Princess Napoleon) might actually have reason to wear a tiara, so why not this one? You may remember her unusual wedding gown from her 2019 marriage which gathered mixed reviews. I think she could really style this piece up nicely.
No one seems to know where this tiara resides at this time, so it really is a guessing game if it will turn up in the public eye again.
What do you think of the Lobanoff tiara? Who of the modern royals would you like to see wear it?
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has a real talent for wearing substantial headgear. More often than not, there is a spectacular display of floof, which is officially defined as the stuff on a hat that isn’t a structural part of said hat.
Let’s start with one of the Duchess’s early events–the blessing of her marriage to Charles. Arguably this is more of a headpiece than a hat, but it’s on her head so we’ll go with it. Gold and tipped with Swarovski crystals? I’m here for it.
How are these ladies related and what is one thing they have in common via that relation?
Alice, Countess of Athlone and Carlota, Empress of Mexico are first cousins, twice removed. They are both daughters of men named Leopold.
Carlota was born Charlotte of Belgium, daughter of Leopold I. Leopold’s sister was Victoria, Duchess of Kent and mother of Queen Victoria. Alice was Victoria’s last surviving grandchild through her son, Leopold, Duke of Albany.
The aim of this series is to give a needy royal something missing from his or her jewelry box. There are no limitations as to when and where these gifts may come from, so use your imagination! Check out our previous Glitter Giveaway to Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. As a reminder, I’ll primarily feature tiaras worn, but any piece of jewelry is fair game. Let’s go!
Today’s featured lady is Crown Princess Mette Marit of Norway. She has worn the Diamond Daisy, the Amethyst Necklace tiara, Queen Maud’s Pearl and Diamond Tiara without the centerpiece, and the Vifte tiara.
What glitter would you give to Crown Princess Mette Marit? What is missing from her jewel closet? Show us your gifts in the comment and tell us why she needs them.
The Swedish Double Diamond Bandeau. A headband? A black tie tiara? A hair ornament in general? Doesn’t matter. Let’s get this puppy cleaned up and on display! You can read more about it at Order of Sartorial Splendor.
What royal pieces are so underused you consider it a crime? Share a photo and why you’d like to see it worn again in the comments!