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?
Silvia of Sweden’s big gun tiara is The Bragança (The Brazilian or Braganza) tiara. Appropriate for this queen consort as she has Brazilian heritage, the grandeur of this piece cannot be denied.
This tiara is said to be of 18th century French craftsmanship and it was modernized to its current shape in 1820. The tiara contains diamonds set on a gold and silver base and measures just under 5 inches tall.
Empress Amelie of Brazil died in 1873 and her sister Queen Josephine of Sweden inherited the piece. Next worn by her daughter-in-law Queen Sophie, then Queen Victoria, then Queen Louise, and now Queen Silvia.
This tiara is generally worn only by queens with the exception of Crown Princess Louise wearing it to George V & Mary’s coronation. You can see from the photos that the tiara is often paired with pieces from the pink topaz demi-parure. I don’t see the connection myself, but there must be something there for more than one queen to go this route.
Silvia wore the Bragança to Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling’s wedding to great effect, again paired with the pink topaz demi-parure.
Who do you think has worn this tiara to its greatest effect? What exactly is this tiara’s greatest effect? What other pieces of the Swedish jewelry closet would you wear with this tiara? Show us your favorite appearances in the comments.
The Greek royal family is in possession of a solid ruby parure. It came into the family via the country’s first queen, Olga. She was from Russia originally, and the pigeon blood rubies are thought to have been purchased from Russia. Olga’s husband King George had the stones set in a classic Greek style of a wreath tiara, along with the other portions of the set.
After Olga passed, the set was inherited by her son Nicholas who himself had married another Russian Grand Duchess, Elena.
Elena and Nicholas’s daughter Princess Olga of Yugoslavia borrowed the set in her role of first lady of Yugoslavia.
Their other daughter Princess Marina of Kent borrowed the set to wear to the opening of Parliament in 1937.
The parure really wasn’t seen again until Queen Frederica and her impressive hair came on the scene.
During their 1963 state visit to England, amidst protests, Frederica wore the parure to a banquet and it can be seen in action here at 1:01. I love the sweeping music and style of these old British Pathé films.
Frederica then passed the parure to Princess Anne Marie of Denmark and she has worn it quite frequently.
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.
Collage by Royal Europe on Instragram 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.
Congratulations to Stéphanie and Guillaume, who are expecting their first child in May, 2020! Let’s take a look at the Photoshops I have done featuring this lovely lady in celebration of the happy news. There are only a few, but they’re all tiara related, so that’s something, right?!
What do you think? Can she pull off these heavier tiaras, or should she stick to light and airy? Let me know! And once again, huge congratulations to the entire Luxie crew!