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Get to know me meme: Favorite Tiaras/Parures [2/10] The Spanish Floral Tiara

General Franco gave this beautiful tiara to Princess Sophia of Greece and Denmark on the occasion of her marriage to Juan Carlos of Spain in 1962 on behalf of the Spanish people. it had in fact been commissioned by Alfonso XII from British jewelers J.P. Collins in 1879 as a wedding present for his second wife, Maria Christina of Austria. The piece left the family and was later acquired by Madrid jeweler Aldao, where it was bought by Franco for Sophia. It is now one of Queen Letizia’s favourite tiara.