On August 21, the princely family of Liechtenstein said goodbye to one of their most important family members: Princess Marie, the wife of Prince Hans-Adam II and the mother of Hereditary Prince Alois. Today, to celebrate her life, we’ve got a look at one of the most meaningful pieces of family jewelry that she wore: her wedding tiara.
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The Douglas Floral Tiara vs. Princess Dagmar’s Floral Tiara
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This diamond daisy tiara was made in nineteenth-century France. Today, it belongs to Countess Elisabeth Douglas, who married Prince Max, Duke in Bavaria in 1967. Although the title sounds Scottish, the family is actually Swedish nobility. Elisabeth’s floral tiara has become something of an official wedding tiara for her descendants. Four of her daughters—Sophie, Marie-Caroline, Elisabeth, and Maria-Anna—have borrowed the tiara from their mother and used it as a bridal diadem. You’ll recognize Sophie’s name, as she’s currently the Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein.
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This detailed diamond floral tiara originally belonged to Princess Dagmar of Denmark, a sister of King Christian X (and King Haakon VII of Norway). The tiara was later passed on to Queen Margrethe II, who offered it as a long-term loan to her daughter-in-law, Princess Marie, in 2008. Since then, it has been Marie’s primary tiara, worn for all sorts of gala occasions.
Will it be the sparkler from the Netherlands or the fringe from Liechtenstein?
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Queen Emma’s Diamond Tiara vs. The Habsburg Fringe Tiara
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This diamond tiara, which features a trio of harp designs with large diamond rosette-style clusters in their centers, was made for Queen Emma of the Netherlands in 1890. She often topped the piece with diamond star ornaments. Today, the tiara is part of the Dutch royal jewelry foundation, and it’s worn often by members of the family, including Princess Beatrix, Queen Maxima, and Princess Laurentien.
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This dazzling diamond fringe was made in 1890 by Köchert for Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria, sister-in-law of Emperor Franz Josef. It was later inherited by her daughter, Archduchess Elisabeth Amalie, who married Prince Alois of Liechtenstein. Since then, it’s been the grandest tiara in the princely vaults, worn for portraits and postage stamps as well as weddings. Today, you’ll often see Hereditary Princess Sophie wearing it for grand gala functions.