Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Luxarazzi 101: Princess Marie's Wedding Gift Tiara

Let's pause our Liechtenstein Tiara Championship for a moment to take a closer look at the sparkler apparently sparking the most attention around the world wide web: Princess Marie's Wedding Gift Tiara. First up: This is not an official name but one we have come up with. Why? Here's the story.
A few years ago, we stumbled over several newspaper reports saying that then Countess Marie Kinsky of Wchinitz and Tettau was gifted with a tiara consisting of sapphires and diamonds by the government of the Principality of Liechtenstein upon her wedding to the future Prince Hans-Adam II. Said tiara was also said to able to be converted into a necklace. There are not that many sparkling occasions for the Princely Family in general and Princess Marie in particular doesn't seem too big on wearing jewels. (She famously went tiara-less for the pre-wedding gala banquet in Luxembourg in 2012.)

And so for a long time we wondered what the mentioned tiara would look like. We speculated that she actually wore the convertible sapphire and diamond piece for her own pre-wedding gala event but unfortunately the pictures we have are all rather blurry and photos of Liechtenstein events from decades ago every point in time are pretty hard to come by. About one and a half years ago, we stumbled over a video celebrating the 70th birthday of Prince Hans-Adam II by Swiss TV. The footage included the birthday boy and his wife receiving gifts in advance to their wedding with something looking quite like aforementioned sapphire and diamond tiara held by Prince Hans-Adam. And even if it isn't the wedding gift from the Liechtenstein government, it's still a wedding gift - hence the name was born.

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