Marie Henriette of Austria, Queen of Belgium, ca. 1875
Princess Louise and Prince Philipp, ca. 1875
Among the objects is a diadem presented to the Queen by the people of Belgium on the occasion of her silver wedding anniversary . The diadem cost $30,000.
Portrait of Marie Henriette of Austria, Queen of Belgium
Princess Louise, ca. 1890
This diadem was presented to the Queen by the people of Belgium on the occasion of her silver wedding anniversary. It cost $30,000. Together with various other jewels, souvenirs, etc. belonging to the late Queen, it has been placed on sale, the proceeds to be devoted to paying the debts of Princess Louise, one of the Queen’s daughters .
3. The tiara, which included pink diamonds, was reportedly made to resemble a set of ostrich feathers. Marie Henriette received it as a silver wedding anniversary gift in 1878. Although the public protested, the jewels were sold. Read more at Ursula’s site.
4. One of Louise’s jewels is still worn by a royal woman today. The sapphire tiara worn by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom was originally a necklace from Louise’s collection. The Queen bought the necklace in the 1960s and had it set on a tiara frame.
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