Next month two royal wedding tiaras will be hitting the auction block, within a day of each other. Both of these tiaras were designed by Fabergé, and were gifts from Russian relatives to the respective brides.
On May 14th, Sotheby’s will be auctioning off an all diamond tiara that was a wedding present to Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, sister of the future Queen Alexandrine of Denmark, from her Russian relatives. Cecilie’s mother was born Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia.
Duchess Cecilie married the German Crown Prince Wilhelm, eldest son of Emperor Wilhelm II and grandson of Empress Friedrich/Vicky on June 6, 1905 in Berlin.
The next day Christie’s will sell the aquamarine and diamond tiara that Princess Alexandra of Hanover received from Grand Duke Frederick Francis IV of Mecklenburg-Schwerin for their wedding. Interesting fact, Frederick Francis IV, Alexandrine and Cecilie were siblings.
Grand Duke Frederick Francis’ mother, Grand Duchess Anastasia, ordered the jewel from Fabergé in 1904, but the back and forth between the jeweler and the family delayed the creation of the tiara, and it was not completed in time for the wedding.
The backstory is all that and then some. Definitely worth fifteen minutes of your time!
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What do you guys think of these two stunning tiaras? Where do you hope they end up?
#AuctionUpdate: Sparkling with history! Made for the wedding of the last Crown Princess of Germany and Prussia in June 1905, this stunning #Fabergé diamond tiara just sold for a royal CHF 437,500 #SothebysJewels #SothebysGeneva pic.twitter.com/mdGWKioRZI
— Sotheby's (@Sothebys) May 14, 2019