princess victoria of battenberg

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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.

The wedding of George V, then Duke of York, and Mary “May” of Teck, July 6, 1893.

The bridal party for this royal wedding consisted solely of the groom’s first cousins and two of his own sisters.

Left to right: (back row) Princess Alexandra of Edinburgh, Princess Helena Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh, George Duke of York, Princess Victoria of Wales, Princess Maud of Wales.

(Front row) Princess Alice of Battenberg, Princess Margaret of Connaught, Princess Beatrice of Edinburgh, Princess Mary of Teck, Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, and Princess Patricia of Connaught

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10 Granddaughters of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert:

Sophia of Prussia, Queen of Greece

Maud of Wales, Queen of Norway

Victoria of Hesse, Marchioness of Milford Haven

Beatrice of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Infanta of Spain

Marie Louise, Princess of Schleswig-Holstein

Margaret of Connaught, Crown Princess of Sweden

Alice of Albany, Countess of Athlone

Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, Queen of Spain

Alix of Hesse, Tsarina of Russia

Victoria, Princess of the United Kingdom

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House of Bourbon Spain // Consorts

Maria Luisa of Savoy ♦ 2 November 1701 – 14 February 1714

Elisabeth Farnese ♦ 24 December 1714 – 14 January 1724

Louise Élisabeth d'Orléans ♦ 15 January 1724 – 31 August 1724

Barbara of Portugal ♦ 9 July 1746 – 27 August 1758

Maria Amalia of Saxony ♦ 10 August 1759 – 27 September 1760

Maria Luisa of Parma ♦ 14 December 1788 - 19 March 1808

Maria Isabel of Portugal ♦ 29 September 1816 – 26 December 1818

Maria Josepha Amalia of Saxony ♦ 20 October 1819 – 18 May 1829

Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies ♦ 11 December 1829 – 29 September 1833

Francis, Duke of Cádiz ♦ 10 October 1846 – 30 September 1868

Infanta Doña Mercedes of Spain ♦ 23 January – 26 June 1878

Archduchess Maria Christina of Austri ♦ 25 November 1885 - 17 May 1902

Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg ♦ 31 May 1906 – 14 April 1931

Princess Sophia of Greece ♦ 22 November 1975 –

Queen Letizia

Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain wearing her Cartier Tiara (1920) and an Emerald Demi-Parure inherited from her godmother, Empress Eugénie of the French. Photographed by William Sumits in a room at Claridge’s Hotel, London, 1947.

Royal Tiara Challenge: Day 14 - Tiara I’d like to see Queen Letizia wear

Queen Ena’s Cartier Diamond & Pearl Tiara

The tiara is composed of swirls of diamonds surrounding eight large pearls. It was made by Cartier. This gem belonged to Queen Victoria Eugenia. Ena, as you may call her if you’re feeling chummy, was born a princess of Battenberg. One of the many grandchildren of Queen Victoria, she married King Alfonso XIII of Spain in 1906.

The tiara did come with an additional pearl at the top, and the pearls could be switched out for other stones - Ena replaced them with emeralds from time to time. The Spanish royal family went into exile in 1931, and the emeralds in the amazing set she wore alongside the emerald tiara version were among the items sold to make the royal ends meet over the years.

The tiara went to her daughter, Infanta Maria Cristina, Countess of Marone. And then it ended up back in the main royal line (some say it was purchased by and some say it was given to or inherited by King Juan Carlos), and is now worn by Queen Sofia.

Prince and Princess Louis of Battenberg with their 3 eldest children, form left to right: Princess Louise (later Queen of Sweden), Princess Alice (mother of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh) and Prince George. 

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♕ May 31, 1906 - Wedding of King Alfonso XIII of Spain and Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg.

The wedding day of May 31, 1906 was met with cheers and celebrations across the country, and especially in Madrid, where Ena and Alfonso were to be wed in the Royal Monastery of San Geronimo.
On arrival at the Ministry of Marine, shortly after eight o’clock, the bride went to dress, Queen Maria Christina arranging the bridal veil.
The stately procession which preceded the King’s carriage passed through streets crowded with excited people. Red and yellow – the Spanish colours – were everywhere, on the Venetian masts, in the flags, and amongst the floral decorations. Every house had its draped balcony, either with tapestries, or red and yellow cloth.

The King, looking extremely happy, and boyishly excited, acknowledged the greetings of the populace in his usual genial way. Half an hour later the procession of the bride, somewhat smaller than that of the King, passed along the same streets, likewise preceded and followed by cavalry. The church of San Jeronimo was the scene of the ceremony. It is small and dark, but for this occasion was lighted with electric lamps, of which there were many thousands. The aisle and chancel were covered with fine carpets, and the entire church was decorated with flowers.

After the ceremony they walked down the church under the canopy, and drove off to the Palace in a coach drawn by eight cream-coloured horses, with nodding white plumes. The crowd cheered incessantly, the joy-bells rang, cannons boomed, flags waved, and the red and yellow flowers and streamers made a wonderful spectacle in the sunshine.
Few minutes later an assassination attempt was made on the King and Queen. Anarchist Mateu Morral threw a bomb from a balcony at the royal carriage.

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

La Reina Victoria de Inglaterra con sus hijas las Princesas Helena y Beatrice de Inglaterra y sus nietos los Príncipes Alexander, Leopold, Maurice y Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, hijos de la Princesa Beatrice.

Abril de 1900

Queen Victoria of England along with her daughters Princess Helena and Princess Beatrice of England and her grandchildren Princes Alexander, Leopold and Maurice and Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, children of Princess Beatrice.

April 1900