Friday, April 25, 2014

Irene given $500,000 tiara

April 25, 1964

Princess Irene of the Netherlands will wear a diamond tiara at her wedding to Don Prince Don Carlos of Bourbon-Parma, reports the Associated Press.

The couple will be married next Wednesday in Rome at the basilica of St. Mary Major.

The tiara, valued at $500,000 was given to Irene by Prince Xavier of Bourbon-Parma, her fiancé's father, as a wedding present.  It once belonged to Princess Maria de las Nieves of Bourbon-Parma, the wife of Don Alfonso Carlos, a "earlier pretender" to Spain;s throne.

It is "almost certain" that the couple will be "received in audience" by Pope Paul VI shortly after the wedding ceremony."

Princess Irene's parents, Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard will not be attending their second daughter's wedding.


emeraldcity said...

Marlene, do you know why her parents didn't attend the wedding?

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

See earlier stories that I have had on this in the past 2 months .. It was a very serious political situation as Irene had come out in support of her fiancé's Carlist aspirations, in Franco's Spain.

Alquimista Artificial said...

Do you have a picture of that tiara?

John said...

If this wss the tiara I am thinking of, it was superb and the stones were like beautiful large drops of water. It really suited her. Irene grew up to be very beautiful, when the girls were younger I thought Margriet was prettiest but Irene blossomed later.

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

She wore it on her wedding day - plenty of photos of her wearing it

juan said...

That tiara was stoled several years later, wasn't it?