Posted by Brian on July 26, 2017, 7:59 am, in reply to "Origin of Queen Sophia of Greece's diamond tiara"
My query to the board was in regard to whether or not anyone felt that the tiara worn by Queen Sophia (and later by Queen Frederica and Marie-Chantal), might have originally belonged to Sophia's mother as indicated by the George Baxter print I posted. |
I don't dispute that Sophia received a diamond tiara from her mother (originally a wedding gift from Queen Victoria to Sophia's mother Vicky) that was later in the possession of the Duchess of Aosta. I don't think, though, that this means that the Aosta tiara had to have been the only one in Sophia's possession that came from her mother. Is it not possible that Sophia received more than one tiara from her mother?
I am not suggesting that Sophia received two tiaras as wedding gifts from her mother. In fact, based on what I have read in the newspaper article that Beth posted and information on Ursula's site, I don't see that Empress Frederick gave her daughter any diamond tiaras at all as a wedding gift. Gifts from the Empress to her daughter:
ruby & diamond necklace (convertible to tiara)
ruby & diamond bracelet
six strand pearl necklace
The frequently excerpted letter from Empress Frederick to her daughter:
“Emma gave me your message that you thought you had fewer jewels than the others at the wedding. I cannot quite agree, you may have fewer diamond brooches but such a set of turquoise as you have very few people possess, and also such a set of rubies, and the diamond diadem I gave you is very valuable as the stones are old. Cape diamonds may be much more effective and large and showy, but not so good and fine. Indeed I wish I had more to give you, but you must wait until I die, or am older and need no longer wear jewels, then I can give you a few more, and be pleased to see them on your dear neck.”
The Empress refers to a diamond diadem she gave to her daughter. This letter was written on the occasion of the wedding of Princess Maud of Wales, which took place in 1896, nearly seven years after Sophia's own wedding. I don't think it's clear that the diadem was given as a wedding gift to Sophia (though I do see that it's possible). It's also not clear if Sophia wore this diadem/tiara at the marriage of her cousin Maud.
Sophia is circled in this detail from Tuxen's painting of the marriage ceremony. I personally don't think the shape of the tiara she is wearing is a match for either of the diamond tiaras discussed earlier. Maybe she is wearing the turquoise tiara she received from her brother?