Monaco is home to some of the most interesting princes and princesses in Europe—including several royals who no longer have thrones. One of these, Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, frequently attends Monegasque events in sparkling jewels. For the princely wedding in 2011, she wore a dazzling diamond and ruby tiara on the opera terraces.
Camilla is the wife of Carlo of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, a descendent of royals who ruled the Kingdoms of Naples and Sicily in the nineteenth century. (Carlo and Camilla also use the titles of Duke and Duchess of Castro.) She wore a theatrical red and black striped gown for the reception held after the wedding of Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene in July 2011.
Camilla accessorized the flamboyant gown with ruby and diamond jewels, including a belle epoque diamond and ruby necklace and coordinating earrings. She also wore the Ruby Dragonfly Tiara, an antique piece from the Art Nouveau period.
Here’s a closer look at the tiara, which also features diamond and ruby flowers interspersed between the diving dragonflies.
The jewels are excellent, but they’re really competing with the gown for attention on this occasion. Wouldn’t you love to see these with a sleek, plain dress in a solid color, maybe cream or navy?