The ‘go-to’ diamond tiara worn by Queen Letizia pays homage to her mother-in-law, Queen Sofia.
QUEEN LETIZIA, who turns 49 tomorrow, has dazzled in a variety of tiaras during her reign, including the Prussian Tiara on her wedding day.
This tiara was Queen Letizia’s early favorite. The piece is a German imperial relic that was passed down from mother to daughter until it reached Queen Sofia of Spain, Letizia’s mother-in-law. Sofia wore the tiara to her wedding as well. The tiara was Letizia’s “go-to jewel for the first five years of her royal marriage,” according to the Court Jeweller. Queen Letizia’s 49th birthday celebrations begin tomorrow, and royal enthusiasts are wondering if she will wear this legendary tiara.
Although the tiara is modest, it has a long history with several Royal Families throughout Europe.
The tiara has a quartet of design elements and is elegant and balanced with a tiny diamond.
A pear-shaped double-diamond pendant is strung from a single round stone in the center of the tiara.
The pendant adds movement to the tiara because it moves with the wearer.
In 1913, the German royal jeweller Koch created the miniature tiara for Kaiser Wilhelm II’s daughter, Princess Viktoria Luise.
Viktoria Luise eventually gave the Prussian Tiara to her daughter as a wedding gift in 1938.
In May 1962, the tiara was passed down to a third generation when Queen Sofia of Spain wore it on her wedding day in Athens.
Sofia kept the tiara once she moved to Spain and formed the country’s current constitutional monarchy with her husband.
Several members of the Spanish Royal Family have worn the tiara since then, including Juan Carlos and Sofia’s daughters, Infanta Elena and Infanta Cristina.
Queen Sofia loaned it to Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, her new daughter-in-law, in May 2004.
Letizia wore the tiara to her wedding to the future King Felipe VI, following in the footsteps of her mother-in-law.
After her royal wedding, Letizia wore the tiara frequently, prompting some to believe it was a gift from her mother-in-law.
The tiara, however, was not given to Letizia in its entirety because it was still shared by other members of the family.
The tiara was worn by Infanta Cristina during the Russian state dinner in Madrid in 2006.
The next year, Queen Sofia made a rare public appearance in the tiara during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, making it a huge gala affair. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”