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April 13, 2014

Queen Maria Christina of Spain's Pearl & Diamond Tiara

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

Materials: diamonds and pearls set in platinum
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Princess Maria Mercedes
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Queen Maria Christina
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Princess Maria Mercedes
Provenance:
  1. Queen Maria Christina of Spain née Archduchess of Austria
  2. King Alfonso XIII of Spain; inherited from his mother in 1929
  3. Princess Maria de las Mercedes, Countess of Barcelona née Princess of Bourbon-Two Sicilies; 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 née Princess of Greece; inherited from her mother-in-law in 2000
  5. Queen Letizia of Spain née Ortiz Rocasolano
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Queen Sofia
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Queen Letizia
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
  • Simoneta Gómez-Acebo y Borbón; at her 1990 wedding to José Miguel Fernández y Sastrón
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Infanta Pilar
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Simoneta Gómez-Acebo y Borbón
Questions:
  • What year was this tiara created?
  • Did Queen Victoria Eugenie ever wear this tiara?
  • Was this tiara actually inherited by Infanta Pilar and then bought by King Juan Carlos & Queen Sofia?

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