Saturday, December 17, 2005

Lost & Found - The Brunswick Tiara

Revisiting my image cache I came across these two pictures.
One shows in old age, Princess Viktoria Luise, the dowager
Duchess of Brunswick and Princess of Prussia, wearing the
tiara that was given to her by the people of Brunswick
(or was it from her husband?) upon her marriage in 1913.

I had read somewhere that this particular tiara went AWOL
under the possession of her son, also named Ernst August.
It wasn't seen on the head of Chantal, the first wife of
Viktoria Luise's grandson, Ernst August. But, the tiara
made a startling reappearance at the Danish royal wedding
in 2004 on the head of Caroline of Monaco. Was it ever
missing or just misplaced? Or is this tiara a duplicate?


At Wednesday, December 21, 2005 12:26:00 PM, Anonymous Kathy said...

It looks like it *may* be a duplicate, based on the differences in the central section at the top. The Dowager Duchess' one looks more "curvy" while the same section on Caroline's is rounder. Nice set of pictures regardless.

At Friday, December 08, 2006 2:59:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have read that the princely family of Monaco considers tiaras to be bad luck and that is why Grace never wore any. Is that true? What kindo of a collection does the princely family of Monaco have in way of 'royal' jewels?

At Monday, September 24, 2007 1:43:00 AM, Anonymous stevenash said...

The Tiara worn by Princess Caroline is the same as the Wedding gift received by the Princess Victoria Luise of Prussia upon her Hannoverian marriage from the people of Brunswick. It is originally part of the Imperial jewels of Napoleon as used by Empress Josephine, his wife. A clear picture featuring the 3 women wearing the tiara could be found in the website of the Royal Magazine, Juwelen und Schmuck des Hauses Hanover.


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