|The Russian Nuptial Tiara|
|Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna (1882-1957, granddaughter of Alexander II) and Prince Nicholas of Greece on their wedding day, 1902|
|The Russian Nuptial Crown|
|The wedding necklace and earrings; Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna (1890-1958, granddaughter of Alexander II) dressed for her wedding to Prince Wilhelm of Sweden, 1908|
|The Clasp of the Imperial Mantle|
|The wedding of Princess Alix of Hesse and by Rhine (Alexandra Feodorovna, 1872-1918) and Emperor Nicholas II, 1894|
If it all sounds a bit much...well, it definitely was. It wasn't unheard of for a bride to kneel during the ceremony and find herself struggling to make it back to a vertical position. It's no wonder Nicholas recorded in his diary that Alix ended up with a bad headache. It was too much in many ways, but as a capsule of history, it's nothing less than fascinating.
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Photos: Diamond Fund/Hillwood Museum/Royal Collection