Today, Princess Rosario of Bulgaria celebrates her birthday, and in her honor, we’ve got a closer look at one of her rare bejeweled gala appearances.
Princess Rosario, a Spanish aristocrat who married the second son of the last king of Bulgaria, works in the world of art as a consultant and collection director. She’s also worked as a model, and famously was a muse of Valentino. (My favorite piece of trivia about her, though, is that she’s a descendant of the Aztec emperor Montezuma.) She married Prince Kyril of Bulgaria in 1989, and they have three children, but they’ve been amicably separated since 2009. She still does attend the occasional royal event, sometimes with her estranged husband.
In June 2010, both Kyril and Rosario attended the wedding celebrations for Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden in Stockholm. She arrived for the pre-wedding gala wearing a chic black and white gown, walking in beside a fellow Spaniard, Infanta Elena.
She also posed for photos with another royal prince, Philippos of Greece and Denmark. All three royal families are close. The Spanish and Greek royals are cousins, because King Constantine II of Greece and Queen Sofia of Spain are siblings. The Bulgarian royals have been a part of the extended Spanish-Greece royal circle in Madrid for decades, in large part because King Simeon’s wife, Margarita Gómez-Acebo y Cejuela, is a Spanish aristocrat. All five of Simeon and Margarita’s children married Spanish spouses.
Rosario’s style is sleek and minimalist, and she rarely wears any jewelry at all, even for major royal gala events. But for this pre-wedding gala in Stockholm, she wore a major pair of statement earrings. The modern earrings added a festive touch to her black-and-white ensemble.
I don’t think we know for sure who designed these earrings, but they certainly look like JAR pieces to me. I only wish we got to see Rosario wearing grand jewelry more often!