Spain · Tiaras

Royal Rock Retrospective-The Fleur-de-lys Tiara

Spain has quite a few tiaras for their royals to choose from, but this tiara is generally considered a big gun and is only worn by La Reina.

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Victoria Eugenia, Maria, Sofia, and Letizia, Queens Consort of Spain

King Alfonso XIII gave this tiara to his wife Victoria Eugenia for their 1906 wedding. There are two details about this piece which, for this writer, are very important. One is the symbolism of the fleur-de-lys itself as it is the symbol of the House of Bourbon. What better way to display your House than on the head of its senior lady? The other important detail is that the frame is built out of platinum, one of the lighter metals that can be used for tiara construction. It’s a large tiara and hopefully the comfort level is equal to the grandeur.

Even in lower light, the tiara sparkles.

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Spain’s Queen Letizia debuted the tiara in a big way when Argentina came to visit in 2017.

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Another grand historical tiara with familial symbols on display in the sparkliest of ways.

On what occasion do you think it was worn to its best capacity and by whom? Please show us a photo of your favorite appearance in the comments.


Passages-Infanta Pilar of Spain

Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz and paternal aunt of King Felipe VI has died. She was 83. The Infanta’s full name was María del Pilar Alfonsa Juana Victoria Luisa Ignacia y Todos los Santos de Borbón y Borbón-Dos Sicilias and she was born the first child of Don Juan de Borbón and Doña Maria de las Mercedes. As a female, she was not eligible to rule and her brother Juan Carlos came to the throne. Pilar was said to have been “the soul of the family” by one news outlet. She is survived by her five children and her extended family.

Here are more than a few selections of Pilar’s fashions over the years. Do you have another favorite not featured in this slideshow?

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🇪🇸 #news oggi è mancata a Madrid l'Infanta Pilar, Duchessa di Badajoz a causa di un cancro all’intestino. Nata nel 1936 a Cannes, era la primogenita dei Conti di Barcellona, Don Juan di Borbone e Doña Maria Mercedes di Borbone delle Due Sicilie, e sorella del Re Emerito Juan Carlos I di Spagna. Doña Pilar ha sposato Luis Gómez-Acebo y Duque de Estrada, Visconte de la Torre e Grande di Spagna (1934 – 1991). La coppia ha avuto 5 figli ◼️👑◼️ #sadnews today Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz died in Madrid. She had bowel cancer. Née in Cannes in 1936, she is the elder daughter of Don Juan, Count of Barcelona and Princess María Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, and sister of King Juan Carlos I of Spain. Doña Pilar married Don Luis Gómez-Acebo y Duque de Estrada, Viscount de la Torre, Grandee of Spain (1934 – 1991) and they had five children 🇪🇸 (swipee left ⬅️ to discover more photos👑) #onthisday #infantapilar #infantaria #casareal #casarealespañola #casadeborbón #houseofbourbon #spanishroyalfamily #spanishmonarchy #monarquiaespañola #realeza #spanishroyals #instaroyals #royal #royals #royalty #dnaroyals8gennaio

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Arbitrary Apparel Appreciation · Other Royals

Arbitrary Apparel Appreciation—Russian Winter Glory

Put simply, this bit of silvery goodness just took my breath away.

What other gowns have you seen in your travels that inspired wintery goodness for you?