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The Prussian or Hellenic Tiara

The diadem was a wedding present for Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia from her father, Kaiser Wilhelm II. It was made by the Imperial jeweler Koch, in platinum and diamonds. It became a tradition to pass the diadem from mother to daughter for her wedding day. Today the diadem is owned by Spain’s royal family. Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, now Queen, continued the tradition by wearing it for her wedding to Prince, now King, Felipe.

Inheritance Saga: Owner of tiara in bold

  • Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia married Prince Ernest Augustus of Hanover; they have one daughter Princess Friederike of Hanover and of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • Friederike (stripped of all titles after WWI) marries Prince Paul of Greece; they become King and Queen of the Hellenes; have a daughter, Princess Sophia of Greece and Denmark.
  • Princess Sofia (changed spelling) married Juan Carlos, son of the Count of Barcelona; they become King and Queen of Spain; has one son Prince Felipe of Asturias. 
  • Prince Felipe marries journalist Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano; they are the current King and Queen of Spain.
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R4R Diadem Directory: Spain

The Prussian Tiara

✦ Alternate names: The Hellenic Tiara

✦ First appearance: 1913

✦ Origin: made for Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia in 1913 as a wedding gift

✦ Worn by: 1) Princess Victoria Louise 2) Queen Frederica 3) Queen Sofia 4) Infanta Elena 5) Infanta Cristina 6-7) Queen Letizia*

✦ Bridal usage: Princess Victoria Louise, Queen Sofia, Queen Letizia

✦ Owned by: Queen Sofia (privately)

✦ Alternate forms: None known

✦ Notes: This piece is often seen as a “starter” tiara for young princesses and also as a possible traditional wedding tiara within the family. Leonor’s choice of it as her bridal tiara could solidify this tradition among future Spanish queens.

*= Royal Favorite

Tiara’s Advent Calendar (13/25)

The Prussian Diamond Tiara, Spain:

The star of this tiara is the central tear drop diamond and its surrounding ring. It swings freely in this platinum and diamond tiara from the German jeweler Koch, with Greek motifs all around. At the base sits a row of Greek keys; on top of that, a structure of columns; and on top, laurel leaves.

The first owner was Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia, the tiara was gifted to her as a wedding present from her father. She then passed it to her daughter Frederika, who married the King of Greece. Frederika gave it to her own daughter, Sofia, who married Queen Juan Carlos and wore it on her wedding day. 

It is now worn by Queen Letizia of Spain, who chose to wear it as her wedding tiara. 

Tiara Masterpost

We have done several features on the tiaras of the royal ladies. Here is a master list of all of the tiara collections. I will try to update it as we do new collections.

Belgium:

Mathilde  |  Mathilde’s Laurel Wreath Tiara Part 1  |  Mathilde’s Laurel Wreath Tiara Part 2  |  Mathilde’s Laurel Wreath Tiara Part 3  |  Nine Provinces Tiara  |  Queen Elisabeth’s Diamond Bandeau  |

Denmark: 

Alexandra  |  Princess Alexandrine Drop Tiara Part 1  |  Princess Alexandrine Drop Tiara Part 2  |  Princess Alexandrine Drop Tiara Part 3  |  Princess Alexandrine Drop Tiara Part 4  |  Princess Alexandrine Drop Tiara Part 5  |

Ingrid  |  Danish Ruby Parure  |

Margrethe  |  Princess Alexandrine Drop Tiara Part 1  |  Princess Alexandrine Drop Tiara Part 2  |  Princess Dagmar Floral Tiara  |  Tiara Masterpost  |

Marie  |  Princess Dagmar Floral Tiara Part 1  |  Princess Dagmar Floral Tiara Part 2  |

Mary  |  Danish Ruby Parure Part 1  |  Danish Ruby Parure Part 2  |  Tiara Masterpost  |

England: 

Anne  |  Tiara Masterpost  |

Margaret  |  Tiara Masterpost  |  Papyrus Tiara  |  Poltimore Tiara  |  Marie Feodorovna’s Sapphire Bandeau Tiara  |  Halo Tiara  |

Sophie  |  Tiara Masterpost  |

Germany: 

Alexandra  |  Tiara Masterpost  |

Benedikte  |  Tiara Masterpost  |

Carina  |  Tiara Masterpost  |

Natalie  |  Tiara Masterpost  |

Greece: 

Anne-Marie  |  Tiara Masterpost  |

Marie  |  Tiara Masterpost  |

Theodora  |  Tiara Masterpost  |

Iran:

Farah  |  Tiara Masterpost Part 1  |  Tiara Masterpost Part 2  |  Noor Ol-Ain Tiara Part 1  |  Noor Ol-Ain Tiara Part 2  |  Seven Emerald Tiara Part 1  |  Seven Emerald Tiara Part 2  |

Jordan: 

Rania  |  Tiara Masterpost  |

Luxembourg: 

Claire  |  Vine Leaves Tiara  |

Maria Teresa  |  Vine Leaves Tiara  |

Stephanie  |  Vine Leaves Tiara  |

Netherlands: 

Maxima |  Antique Pearl Tiara  |  Pearl Button Tiara  |  Emerald Parure  |  Mellerio Ruby Parure  |  Sapphire Tiara  |  Rose Cut Bandeau  |  Ruby Peacock Tiara  |  Dutch Aquamarine Tiara  |  Diamond Festoon Tiara  |  Sapphire Necklace Tiara  |  Queen Emma’s Diamond Tiara  |  Queen Wilhelmina’s Hair Comb  |  Tiara Masterpost  |

Norway:

Astrid  |  Empress Josephine’s Emerald Tiara  |

Martha Louise  |  Amethyst Necklace Tiara  |  Tiara Masterpost  |

Mette-Marit  |  Amethyst Necklace Tiara Part 1 |  Amethyst Necklace Tiara Part 2  |  Tiara Masterpost  |

Sonja  |  Amethyst Necklace Tiara  |  Tiara Masterpost  |  Empress Josephine’s Emerald Tiara Part 1  |  Empress Josephine’s Emerald Tiara Part 2  |

Spain:

Cristina  |  Tiara Masterpost  |

Elena  |  Tiara Masterpost  |

Letizia  |  Tiara Masterpost  |

Sofia  |  Tiara Masterpost  |

Sweden: 

Christina  |  4 and 6-Button Tiaras  |  Cut Steel Tiara  |

Desiree  |  Cut Steel Tiara  |

Lilian  |  4 and 6-Button Tiaras  |  Cut Steel Tiara  |  Baden Fringe Tiara Part 1  |  Baden Fringe Tiara Part 2  |

Madeleine  |  4 and 6-Button Tiaras  |  Queen Josephine’s Amethyst Tiara  |  Modern Fringe Tiara Part 1  |  Modern Fringe Tiara Part 2  |  Modern Fringe Tiara Part 3  |  Tiara Masterpost  |

Silvia  |  Braganza Tiara  |  Cut Steel Tiara  |  Queen Josephine’s Amethyst Tiara  |  Modern Fringe Tiara  |  Baden Fringe Tiara  |  Tiara Masterpost  |

Victoria  |  4-Button Tiara Part 1  |  4-Button Tiara Part 2  |  6-Button Tiara  |  Cut Steel Tiara Part 1  |  Cut Steel Tiara Part 2  |  Queen Josephine’s Amethyst Tiara  |  Baden Fringe Tiara Part 1  |  Baden Fringe Tiara Part 2  |  Baden Fringe Tiara Part 3  |  Baden Fringe Tiara Part 4  |  Tiara Masterpost  |  Birthday Tiara  |  Cut Steel Bandeau  |  Diamond Bandeau  |

Royals Sharing Tiaras

Queen Sofia Star and Pearl Tiara  |  Mellerio Shell Tiara  |  Mellerio Floral Tiara  |  Prussian Diamond Tiara  |  Queen Josephine’s Amethyst Tiara  |  4-Button Tiara  |  6-Button Tiara  |  Cut Steel Tiara  |  Baden Fringe Tiara  |  Nine Prong Tiara  |  Connaught Tiara  |