Emperor Christian Victor I

Emperor Christian Victor I

Monday, 5 November 2012

Tiaras and Trinkets on Tuesday (Wedding Tiaras)

Just to remind everybody, this blog is primarily to showcase the Royal Jewels of the world. It is only second priority to tell the stories of the respective Royals and lastly about their clothes and gossip. We do however keep the topic of gossip as a "tongue in cheek" as we wouldn't want to be boring. For today's post on jewellery we decided to post on the official and family tiaras worn especially on wedding days. These jewels might have significant symbolism of State or be imbued with intimate family history. Either way they are worn for their beauty and for making the wearer feel like a queen whether she is one or not. In this case not being a Queen probably means you are a Princess or at least a Lady becoming a Princess. 

For her wedding to the Duke of Swann in 1982, Princess Elizabeth wore her own Diamond Tiara from her Dowry Collection. She pairs it with the choker and a pair of earrings from the Swann Collection.

Princess Kirsten wore what has now become the unofficial tiara for Hanoverian brides. The Scotney Fringe Tiara can also be worn as a necklace and has been featured extensively in a post of its own. 

Queen Gloria of  Normandia was born as an Americanian with no title or thought of being Royal. She did however end up becoming a Queen through her grandmother who was a Normandian Princess. On her wedding day, she opted to tip the hat to her Americanian roots by wearing a "Big Apple" style top hat and no tiara. She did however add some historicity to the ensemble by wearing the earrings she wore on her Investiture as Queen and paired it with a brand new brooch. The jewellery contained aquamarines in reference to Normandia's National Colour of Light Blue.

The Von Bismarck wedding was the third highest profile wedding of 2010 and saw a spectacular set of jewellery taken out of the dusty vaults. Princess Maxima of Hanoveria who now has become Queen Consort of Syldavia was appropriately crowned on her wedding day by the Von Bismarck Family Tiara. 

Princess Isabella of Hispania wore her mother's bridal tiara and matching necklace. 

Being a ruling head of state, Princess Xenia of Wallachia wore what was required of her rank, namely the Crown of Wallachia, for her wedding day. The medieval style crown was off-set very effectively by the regal dress and the medieval cathedral in which the wedding took place. 

In a paradoxical turn of events, one of the least publicized weddings and also probably the smallest one saw not only a traditional wedding dress but also the official Tiara of the Queen's of Serbieski. In 2008, events involving ousted Royal Families were all but completely shunned. The wedding of Prince Paul of Serbieski and Lady Davina went almost unnoticed but did sport very historic jewels that would have been in keeping with her groom's former status. 

The Grand Duke of Hanoveria married Lady Alice D'Rothchild in the highest official profile wedding in 2010. As the ruler of Hanoveria, his marriage was celebrated nationally and internationally. For her big day, Lady Alice tipped the hat to her Franconian Noble Family by wearing her Dowry Tiara but embraced her new country and status as consort by wearing the official Grand Duchess' Necklace. 

The biggest media event of 2010 but strictly speaking only the second highest profile wedding due to the couple still being dethroned, was that of the Crown Prince Imperial and Odeliah Sorgenfrei. Princess Odeliah  dazzled all the guests with her amazing dress and by wearing the Imperial Tiara and Drop Pearl Earrings reserved for the Empress of the United Empire. All this was a show of custodianship of history  in the face of living in exile and in waiting for a hopeful restoration of the monarchy. 


  1. So beautiful to see all these brides looking so stunning at their weddings!

    talking about tiaras, why does a non royal wear a tiara at her wedding...? Is it not specifically for royals only...?
    Once again... please excuse my ignorance ;-)

  2. Hello from Spain: I really like these pictures with brides and jewelry. The dresses are very elegant .... Today royal families in my country are selling their jewelry. The London auction house is a tiara of the Spanish royal family for sale ... Glad to see that your royal families do not suffer the crisis. We keep in touch.

    1. Hi Martha. Thanks again for the compliment. Our Royals have also been known to sell jewelry when financial strain sets in. There is even a post here on the blog where such an auction took place. have a look if you haven't seen it yet. The label "auction" is in the side bar.