12 October 2019

Queen Letizia's Tiaras

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Today is Spain's National Day, and to mark the occasion, we've got a sparkling roundup of all the tiaras worn by the lovely Queen Letizia. Enjoy!

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Worn on her wedding day, this tiara was an early favorite of Letizia's. The piece is a German imperial heirloom, passed down from mother to daughter until it reached Letizia's mother-in-law, Queen Sofia of Spain. (Sofia also wore the tiara on her wedding day.) The tiara was Letizia's go-to jewel for the first five years of her royal marriage.

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The lovely diamond floral tiara from Queen Sofia's collection has also been one of Letizia's favorite sparklers. The piece was made in the nineteenth-century for a Spanish queen, then meandered through exile before being reunited with Queen Sofia in the 1960s. The lightweight, classic piece is one of the easiest Spanish royal tiaras to wear with modern clothes and hairstyles.

One of my favorite tiaras from the Spanish royal collection is the nineteenth-century diamond and pearl shell tiara made by Mellerio. It's such a wearable work of art, but Letizia has only sported it on one occasion: a gala dinner in December 2007.


The infamous "missing" tiara from Letizia's collection finally made its first public appearance in April 2015 at Queen Margrethe of Denmark's birthday celebrations. It's the only tiara that Letizia owns personally, and she usually just wears the central fleur-de-lis element as a brooch.


The gorgeous, balanced diamond and pearl tiara that Cartier made for Queen Ena is one of the most classic tiaras in the Spanish royal collection. Even better -- it's a recycled version of the wedding gift she received from her mother-in-law. (Genius!) Queen Letizia debuted the piece for the first time at a gala dinner in April 2018.

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Although this large diamond and pearl tiara meandered away from the main line of the Spanish royal family, it's since been returned to the royal fold. Queen Sofia wore it several times, but it had been MIA for more than a decade -- until Letizia dusted it off for the first time in November 2018.

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As Letizia is now the Spanish queen consort, she has the exclusive use of "La Buena." It's a century-old heirloom from Queen Ena's collection, and she designated is as one of the joyas de pasar in her will. Letizia has brought it out of the vaults so far for a pair of glittering state banquets, including an important state visit to the United Kingdom.

Note: This is an updated and expanded version of an earlier post.