09 November 2015

Tiaras, Trading Cards, and ... Cigarettes?

Although Audrey Hepburn's Holly Golightly is famous for elegantly smoking a cigarette while wearing a tiara in Breakfast at Tiffany's, tiaras and cigarettes aren't necessarily a natural pairing. But in 1908, British cigarette smokers were probably thinking more about tiaras than you might expect. That year, Wills cigarette packs came with advertising cards featuring portraits of European royals -- including several princesses and queens wearing their best jewels. Here's a look at some of the tiaras that were on display.

Queen Lovisa of Denmark wearing the Pearl Poire Tiara

Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom wearing her Wedding Gift Tiara

Princess Louise, Princess Royal and Duchess of Fife wearing her Forget-Me-Not Tiara (and her diamond fringe tiara as a necklace!)

Princess Victoria of the United Kingdom wearing a diamond floral tiara

Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia wearing a small tiara

The Duchess of Connaught wearing her diamond and pearl tiara

The Dowager Duchess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha wearing her diamond fringe tiara

Crown Princess Marie of Romania wearing her diamond lattice tiara

The Duchess of Sparta wearing her diamond tiara

The Duchess of Cumberland wearing a diamond bandeau

Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia wearing her diamond fringe tiara

Grand Duchess Maria Georgievna of Russia wearing a wreath tiara

The Hereditary Princess of Hesse

Princess Marie of Denmark wearing her opal and moonstone tiara

Princess Andrew of Greece and Denmark wearing her diamond and aquamarine tiara

Which tiaras would you like to see in a modern set of royal trading cards?