|Olga of the Hellenes wears the olive wreath tiara |
The olive wreath’s first royal wearer was Queen Olga, who was born a Russian grand duchess and became queen at the tender age of 16. The rubies in the tiara and the rest of the parure, which some think may have been sourced from her native Russia, are pigeon’s blood rubies, which sometimes look pinky-purple in certain lights. Apparently Olga's husband, King George I of the Hellenes, purchased the rubies and had them set in the parure for his wife. When Olga died in 1926, she left the rubies to her son, Prince Nicholas. His wife, Elena Vladimirovna of Russia (AKA the woman who sold the Vladimir tiara to Queen Mary), wore the ruby set in a portrait. They also loaned the tiara to their daughter, Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, who wore it to the State Opening of Parliament in October 1937.
|Olga of Yugoslavia |
But this was a good tiara sale, because the buyer of the tiara was none other than King Paul of Greece, Olga’s cousin. His wife, Queen Friederike, put the olive wreath tiara to good use during her husband’s reign, and after his death, she passed it along to the new queen, Anne-Marie. Anne-Marie brought the tiara with her when the monarchy was deposed for a final time, and she still wears the tiara and the rest of the ruby parure regularly today, along with many other pieces from the Greek royal collection .
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