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April 13, 2014

Queen Maria Christina of Spain's Pearl & Diamond Tiara

Queen Sofia
Queen Sofia
Creation:  This tiara was made by Cartier.

Materials:  diamonds and pearls set in platinum
Queen Maria Christina
Princess Maria Mercedes
Princess Maria Mercedes
Provenance:
  1. Queen Maria Christina of Spain
  2. King Alfonso XIII of Spain; inherited from his mother in 1929
  3. Princess Maria de las Mercedes, Countess of Barcelona; from her father-in-law on the occasion of her 1935 marriage to Infante Juan of Spain, Count of Barcelona
  4. Queen Sofia of Spain; inherited from her mother-in-law in 2000
Infanta Pilar
Doña Simonetta
Other Wearers:
  • Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz; most notably at her 1967 wedding to Luis Gómez-Acebo y Duque de Estrada, Viscount de la Torre
  • Doña Simonetta Gomez-Acebo y de Borbon; at her 1990 wedding to José Miguel Fernández y Sastrón

Questions:
  • What year was this tiara created?
  • Did Queen Victoria Eugenie ever wear this tiara? 

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