Happy Birthday to Princess Claire, daughter-in-law of the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg! We’re joining in the celebrations with a look at one of her sparkling National Day tiara appearances.
In June 2016, Prince Felix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg joined his parents and siblings for the National Day gala at the Grand Ducal Palace in Luxembourg. For the occasion, Claire wore a light pink gown with a sheer lace bodice.
She accessorized with some spectacular diamond and sapphire jewels from the Grand Ducal collection.
Claire wore the Grand Duchess Adelaide Tiara for the gala. The tiara dates to the second half of the nineteenth century, and its first wearer was probably Grand Duchess Adelheid-Marie (1833-1916), the wife of Grand Duke Adolphe of Luxembourg. It later became a favorite of her granddaughter and namesake, Grand Duchess Marie-Adélaïde.
The tiara has remained with the family through the generations. It’s a classic piece, a low-profile kokoshnik with a pleasant natural theme and a lovely sapphire centerpiece. Today, it’s most frequently seen on Princess Claire and her sister-in-law, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, though Grand Duchess Maria Teresa also wears it occasionally.
With the tiara, Claire also wore a pair of diamond and sapphire earrings from the family vaults. These are also frequently seen on other members of the family, including Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie.
Here’s a close-up of the earrings from this particular gala appearance. The closer view allows you to see that the stud portion of the earring actually features two separate sapphires within a cluster of diamonds, giving the impression of a single larger, oval-shaped stone.
Princess Claire finished off the look with rings on both hands. I’m particularly interested in this lovely ring with a light blue gemstone, worn on her left hand. Perhaps it’s set with an aquamarine, which is Claire’s birthstone?