fleur de lys tiara

Spanish Royal Jewels - The Fleur de Lys Tiara

Made in 1906 by Ansorena with over 500 diamonds and platinum, it features the Fleur de Lys, the heraldic emblem of the House of Bourbon. The tiara was a wedding gift  from King Alfonso XIII of Spain to his bride Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg (later knows as Queen Ena) The tiara worn only by the Queen of Spain (at present Queen Sofia).

 

A wonderful image of Princess Stephanie of Belgium, Countess Lonyay and previously, Crown Princess of Austria. 1900s (decade)

She s wearing her beautiful “fleur de Lys” tiara and a stunning choker (part of the parure, i believe)

Image courtesy (and property) of my dear friend, Ralf De Jonge. ❤️

“I was one of those who think Queen Letizia, with her petite frame and fine hair, cannot pull off the Fleur de Lys tiara. It is such a pleasant surprise to see her actually pulling off the big gun with a simple, balanced look. She totally rocked that tiara. The only flaw was that the tiara wasn’t polished enough and really needed some fixing it seemed.” - Submitted by Anonymous

Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain wearing the Fleur-de-Lys Tiara, known as ‘La Buena’ (Ansorena, 1906). Photographed by Nina Leen, 1956.

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Fleur de Lys Tiara

This tiara, considered the most important diadem of their collection, called “La Buena” (The Good one) and only worn by the Queens of Spain, was a wedding present from King Alfonso XIII to his bride, Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg. Made in 1906 by Ansorena with more than 500 diamonds set in platinum, it features the Fleur de Lys, the Bourbon’s emblem.

From the beginning, this diadem became one of the favorites of the young Queen, who was married wearing it and chose it for her first photo session as Queen of Spain in 1906.
Her Majesty was photographed and painted with the Fleur de Lys on numerous occasions. Shortly after her wedding the Queen opened the tiara and started wearing it in its current form.
Queen Victoria used the tiara throughout her life, and unlike many of her tiaras and  jewels, she never lent it to her daughters, the Infantas Beatriz and María Cristina.Queen Victoria Eugenia lent the tiara to her daughter-in-law, the wife of the Head of the Family, on a few occasions, one of them for the coronation of Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom in 1953.

In her will, the late Queen Victoria Eugenia left the Fleur de Lys tiara to her son Don Juan, Count of Barcelona and pretender to the Spanish throne. The tiara was left for the exclusive use of the Queens so when King Juan Carlos was proclaimed King in 1975, his mother, the Countess of Barcelona passed the tiara to the new Queen, Sofía of Greece and Denmark.
Queen Sofía has used the Fleur de Lys tiara on the grandest occasions, like State Visits from other Monarchies or the 60th Jubilee of the King of Thailand in 2006, the last time she wore the tiara. Following tradition, the next wearer of the tiara would be the Princess of Asturias after her husband becomes Felipe VI, King of Spain.

Tiara de las Flores de Lis; Made of platinum and diamonds forming the Fleur-De-Lys, the heraldic emblem of the House of Bourbon, dates back to King Alfonso XIII who offered it to his bride Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, later known as Queen Ena, as a wedding gift in 1906. The Fleur-De-Lys Tiara is said to be the most cherished tiara of The Royal Family of Spain and only passes on from Queen to Queen.