10 October 2017

Royal Wedding Jewels in Serbia

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The former royal family of Yugoslavia (now Serbia) gathered this weekend for the wedding of Crown Prince Alexander's son, Philip. Here's a look at the jewels we saw worn at this almost-royal wedding!




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Philip is the second son of Crown Prince Alexander and, therefore, a grandson of Peter II, the last King of Yugoslavia. Although he is a member of a former reigning family, Philip has a heck of a royal pedigree. Beyond his Serbian royal roots, Philip's paternal grandmother, Queen Alexandra, was the daughter of King Alexander of Greece. And his mother, Maria da Gloria, is descended from two major royal families. Her father, Prince Pedro Gastão of Orléans-Braganza, was a member of the Brazilian imperial family and a claimant of the (vacant) imperial throne. Maria da Gloria's mother, Princess Maria de la Esperanza of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, was the sister of the late Countess of Barcelona.


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The bride, Danica Marinkovic, is a Serbian painter and sculptor. While she doesn't have royal ancestry, she has major ties to Serbia's artistic heritage. Her father, Milan Cile Marinkovic, is a famous Serbian painter. Danica didn't wear a tiara for her wedding, but she did scatter pearls in her hair. She also wore earrings and a coordinating necklace set with diamonds and emeralds.


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Here's a slightly better look at her diamond and emerald earrings.


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And here's a view of the happy couple departing their wedding ceremony, which gives you a good look at the bride's gown, made by Roksanda Ilincic, and flowers.


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Here's a shot of the family and guests who attended the wedding. You'll note a few familiar royal faces here.


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I've got closer views of a few key attendees. This is the groom's mother. After her divorce from Crown Prince Alexander, Maria da Gloria married Ignacio de Medina y Fernández de Córdoba, 19th Duke de Segorbe. The necklace she wore for the wedding, including the large diamond and emerald pendant, reportedly came from the collection of her late mother-in-law, Victoria Eugenia Fernández de Córdoba, 18th Duchess of Medinaceli.


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Here's another view of the Duchess and her jewels.


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The groom's stepmother, Crown Princess Katherine, kept her jewelry minimal, letting the sparkling embellishments on her clothing take center stage instead. I believe the woman standing beside Katherine, with the green jacket and lovely brooch, is the bride's mother.


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Queen Sofia of Spain, the groom's godmother, wore pearls with the ruby and diamond pendant that had belonged to her mother, Queen Friederike of Greece. (Sofia is connected to both of the groom's parents. She's a cousin of Crown Prince Alexander through their shared Greek royal ancestry, and Maria da Gloria is a first cousin of Sofia's husband, King Juan Carlos of Spain.) Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden was one of the witnesses at the wedding, along with Philip's older brother, Hereditary Prince Peter. Victoria wore earrings by Kreuger for the ceremony; she's worn these for several family events, including Prince Alexander's christening.


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Not a bad royal showing for an almost-royal wedding, no?