Description: Made by Ansorena in 1906, the 500+ diamond and platinum tiara features the Fleur de Lys, the heraldic emblem of the House of Bourbon (Borbón). The Fleur de Lys was given by King Alfonso XIII to his bride, Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg (the future Queen Victoria Eugenia “Ena” of Spain), on the occasion of their 1906 wedding. Originally a coronet, the tiara was altered by Queen Ena into an open tiara. It is said to be the most cherished of the Spanish royal tiaras and only passes from Queen to Queen.
Queen Victoria Eugenia (“Ena”) of Spain
Princess Maria Mercedes, Countess of Barcelona (inherited by her husband Don Juan in 1969)
Queen Sofia of Spain (from her in-laws on the occasion of becoming Queen, 1975)
Queen Ena (various portraits/1967 wedding of her granddaughter, Infanta Pilar)
Maria Mercedes, Countess of Barcelona (1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth II)
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).
From the beginning, the Fleur de Lys tiara was one of the favorites of Queen Ena. It was her wedding tiara and she chose it for her first photo session as Queen of Spain. On the right, the tiara can be seen in its original coronet form.
Favourite Tiara Challenge-Day Twenty
Favourite Spanish tiara- Queen Letizia’s fleur-de-lys Tiara
I adore this tiara and I’m so disappointed that we’ve only seen it once as it is fabulous. Although, I would love to see Letizia wear it with her hair down as I think that would make it look even better.