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Royal Watcher Presents: The Most Eligible Royals

So it’s Valentine’s Day, for some of you who might be single, here are some of royals and nobles from around the world, that may interest you (it is important to note that most of these people are eliigible but not single, but you can still dream!) Think someone is missing? You can always let us know!

  • Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana
    • Age: 28
    • Country: Thailand
    • Interesting Fact: The Princess is a fashion designer, her fashion label is, and she has had two shows in Paris. She also is a keen equestrian with hope of performing in the Olympics; she competed in the 2014 Asian Games representing Thailand. 
  • Prince Harry
    • Age: 30
    • Country: The United Kingdom
    • Interesting Fact: One of his favourite movies is Zulu; it is about the 1879 battle during the Anglo-Zulu war. 
  • Pauline Ducruet
    • Age: 20
    • Country: Monaco
    • Interesting Fact: She is not the only person in the Monegasque Princely Family with dreams of being an Olympian; she use to be competitive diver. 

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Global Unveiling of Jaguar Land Rover Bond Cars

Recently, Jaguar Land Rover celebrated their vehicles appearing in the upcoming Bond adventure, Spectre. Cars, including the Jaguar C-X75, Range Rover Sport SVR and the iconic Land Rover Defender, stole the show as they were unveiled publicly for the first time in Frankfurt.

Naomie Harris (Moneypenny) and David Bautista (Hinx) were guests of honor at the glamorous event showcasing special stunt vehicles used in the latest installment of the James Bond series. 

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Even if a game uses the same basic mechanism (like auctions or worker placement) as another, there are other items layered on top to make it a new experience. But some games achieve a pretty close feel to what came before. And, sometimes, the new game provides a fantastic alternative or…

Fuchsien Diadem

German: Fuchsien Diadem, circa 1845, by Köchert. Branches of fuchsias in flower, bud and wild rose form with foliage, writhe on the tiara. Made in gold and silver with pave-set cushion-cut and rose-cut diamonds. Before it was sold at auction, the tiara was the property of the Thurn und Taxis Family. It had also been in an exhibition shown in Belgium for some time before it’s sale. 

Princesses Louise (1859-1948) and Elisabeth (1860-1881) von Thurn und Taxis, daughters of Helene in Bayern, eldest sister of Kaiserin Elisabeth of Austria.

Louise married prince Friedrich of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, brother of King Carol I of Romania and had no issue, and Elisabeth married Miguel of Braganza, only son of Miguel I of Portugal and brother of Duchess Maria Jose of Bavaria and archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria. 

The couple had issue but sadly, Elisabeth, which had a weak health after her first pregnancy, died at age of 20 , after giving birth her third baby.

Image from late 1870s.

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The French Imperial Pearl Parure(s)

The French Imperial Pearl Parure began with an immense order of pearls made to François Nitot by Emperor Napoléon I (1769-1821). The final result, delivered between 1810 and 1811, was an impressive parure consisting of a large tiara, an elaborate comb, 2 bracelets, a pair of earrings, a 3 row pearl necklace, a 1 row pearl necklace, and 5 individual strands of pearls. These individual strands could be used to decorate hair-styles or robes. The parure was one of the many gifts Napoléon bestowed upon Marie-Louise (1791-1847), daughter of Franz I of Austria and niece to Marie-Antoinette, for the occasion of their 2 April 1810 wedding.

This parure was reportedly worth 123,429 gold francs; the tiara was worth an additional 219,547 francs. The tiara was set with 297 pearls, weighing 4,097 grains, including the legendary ‘La Régente’ pearl. The 'La Régente’ was the central pearl atop the tiara, was the size of a pigeon egg, and weighed 346.27 grains. The 'La Régente’ is said to be the biggest known regularly shaped pearl in the world. It is revered for it’s smooth surface, devoid of any irregularities, it’s nearly perfect texture resulting in a beautiful luster, it’s exceptional size, and impressive pedigree. Unfortunately no portrait of the Empress Marie-Louise wearing the tiara exists to my knowledge.

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