Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna’s Vladimir Tiara
Created for Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna (the elder, nee Marie of Mecklenberg-Schwerin), the Vladimir Tiara is one of the most recognisable tiaras in the world, with it being in regular use some 130 years after it was made. Completed in the late 1880s by jewellers and artsist of the Russian Court, the tiara consists of 15 intertwined diamond-set ovals, to which hangs beautiful pendant pearls.
In 1917, the Grand Duchess Maria left Russia for the last time, and like many others who were lucky enough to escape the Revolution, the jewels became her only source of finance in exile. The Grand Duchess died just three years later, and the tiara passed to her only daughter, Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna, the Princess Nicholas of Greece. Elena sold her mother’s tiara to Queen Mary of the United Kingdom in 1921, and thus we find it in the Royal Collection today.
Mary’s granddaughter, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II wears the Vladimir tiara very often and in several ways; the pearls, which are removable are sometimes replaced with the Cambridge Emeralds, which contrast beautifully with Her Majesty’s silver hair, or she may chose to wear it without either.
The tiara today, unlike many other Russian jewels, survives with regular use and care. Though it is part of the Queen’s personal collection, the late Princess of Wales, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall have also worn it in the past. [source] [source]
Archduchess Maria Teresa of Austria (center) with daughters Archduchess Maria Annunziata (first left) and Elisabeth Amalie (right) and nieces, Marie Gabrielle (second left) and Elisabeth(second right) in Bayern.
Crownprincess Lovisa of Denmark, neé princess of Sweden. Early-Mids 1870s.
Engagement Ring of Maxima:
The center stone is a rare oval-shaped orange diamond framed by two emerald-cut diamonds.
Maxima’s engagement ring was designed by Willem-Alexander himself. The prince’s choice in color paid homage to his homeland: orange is the original national color of the Netherlands.
GIFset: British Royal Tiaras
- Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara, worn by the Princess Royal
- The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara, worn by the Queen
- The Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara, worn by Diana, Princess of Wales
- The Russian Kokoshnik Tiara, worn by the Queen
(Source: The Royal Jewels. All GIFs made by me.)
A letter dated 3 September 1950, from the then Princess Elizabeth to a ‘Mrs. Tanner.’ It reads:
Dear Mrs Tanner,
So many thanks for your letter of good wishes on the the arrival of our daughter. We are very delighted and proud of her, and her brother seems very fascinated by her, and treats her with great care. It will be fun when they are able to play together.
The baby is quite unlike her brother, so it will be interesting to see whom she will take after when she is older.
Two children are a great joy but it still seems very strange to actually talk about “children”!
With again many thanks for writing.
The letter was written 19 days after the birth of Princess Anne. [X]
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