fleur de lys tiara

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GraceFilm’s favorite tiaras

  1. The Fleur de Lys Tiara (Spain)
  2. The Leuchtenberg Sapphire Tiara (Sweden)
  3. The Cambridge Lovers Knot (Britain)
  4. The Baden Palmette (Denmark)
  5. Prussian Diamond Tiara (Spain) 
  6. The Diamond Daisy Tiara (Norway)
  7. Princess Fawzia’s Van Cleef & Arpels Tiara (Iran)
  8. The Khedive of Egypt Tiara (Greece/Denmark/Sweden)
  9. Queen Josephine’s Diamond Tiara (Norway)
  10. The Sapphire Parure Necklace Tiara (Netherlands)

Honorable mentions:

  • The Rose Cut Diamond Bandeau (Netherlands)
  • The Baden Fringe (Sweden)
  • The Braganza (Sweden)
  • The Papyrus/Lotus Flower Tiara (Britain)
  • The Strathmore Rose Tiara (Britain)

The Fleur de Lys Tiara of Spain.

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.

Provenance:

  • 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)

Notable occasions

  • Queen Ena (various portraits/1967 wedding of her granddaughter, Infanta Pilar)
  • Maria Mercedes, Countess of Barcelona (1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth II)
  • Queen Sofia (grand occasions/state visits) 

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

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).