In the autumn of 2021, a pair of princess sisters reached into the family vaults for tiaras to wear on their wedding days. But these two aren’t just any princesses: they’re the nieces of two reigning sovereigns, Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein and Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg. Here’s a look at the tiaras they wore, which came from both the Liechtenstein and Luxembourg collections.
On September 4, Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein walked his elder daughter, Princess Maria Anunciata, down the aisle in Vienna for her wedding to Emanuele Musini. For her religious wedding ceremony, Princess Maria Anunciata wore a royal heirloom from the Liechtenstein princely vaults. The Habsburg Fringe Tiara, made of diamonds set in silver and gold, was created by Köchert (the imperial court jeweler of the Habsburgs) around 1890. It was designed to mimic the kokoshnik-style diamond fringe tiaras worn at the court of the Romanovs in Russia. The tiara came to Liechtenstein in 1944, when it was inherited by Archduchess Elisabeth of Austria, the wife of Prince Alois of Liechtenstein. It’s been worn by several family brides, including Princess Marie-Aglae, Princess Isabelle, and now Princess Maria Anunciata.
For the wedding reception held later the same evening, Princess Maria Anunciata wore a tiara from a different branch of her family tree. Her mother is Princess Margaretha of Luxembourg, the sister of Grand Duke Henri. He loaned the Diamond Vine Leaves Tiara to his niece for the wedding reception. This jewel has also been a popular, romantic choice for family weddings. It was worn by Princess Claire of Luxembourg for her religious wedding ceremony in 2013, and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg chose it for her pre-wedding dinner in 2012. And in the 1950s, all four of the daughters of Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg wore the tiara as a bridal diadem, too.
On September 25, Princess Marie-Astrid of Liechtenstein (the younger sister of Princess Maria Anunciata) wore another Liechtenstein family jewel for her wedding day. She anchored her bridal veil with the Kinsky Honeysuckle Tiara, a nineteenth-century tiara featuring diamonds set in silver and gold. The tiara has an interesting history with the Liechtenstein princely and Kinsky noble families, and today, it belongs to Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein. Princess Marie-Astrid became the third family bride to wear the tiara for her wedding, after Princess Tatjana and Princess Angela.
Stay tuned for more of our countdown of the Best Royal Jewels of 2021 tomorrow!