29 November 2015

Sunday Tidbits for November 29: Triple the Tiara Watches

Hello again! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, if a Thanksgiving is what you had. Let's do some catching up with three - count 'em, three - tiara watches for you:

--Tiara Watch #1: Princess Christina of Sweden attended an event to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Order of Innocence Society earlier this month wearing the Six Button Tiara. [Svenskdam]

--Tiara Watch #2: Princess Margriet of the Netherlands attended the Stuyvesant Ball in Manhattan, an event which always gets her to bring a tiara stateside. This year it was the Dutch Emerald Parure Tiara. [De Telegraaf]
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--The royal baby boom strikes again: The Duke and Duchess of Parma are expecting their third child. They have two daughters together. Prince Carlos is the son of Princess Irene of the Netherlands and older brother to Prince Jaime, whose wife is also expecting (and their announcement was in an earlier tidbits edition). [Royalty Online]

--Princess Estelle sends you autumn greetings from Sweden, and gives your new all-purpose approval meme while she's at it. [Kungahuset]
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--The Philippine government is once again assessing the value of the jewelry collection of former first lady Imelda Marcos, and are apparently considering an auction. (They're also on the hunt for a collection of paintings last known to have been in the Marcos family's possession.) This is not the first time the collection has been appraised and not the first time an auction has been suggested, but it has yet to happen and the Marcos family has disputed the ownership of the treasures in the past. The jewels are those that were seized from the Marcos couple when they fled the country in the 1980s, and they've basically sat in a bank vault ever since. Among the treasures is a rare 25 carat pink diamond, just discovered during the current review, and a handful of tiaras including the Russian Pearl Pendant Kokoshnik (which we have covered here before). [Telegraph]

--King Philippe issued a decree limiting the number of future holders of the title of Prince or Princess of Belgium, a smart move in the face of growing numbers of descendants allowed to use it. To sum it up briefly, use of the prince/ss title will be limited to children and grandchildren of the monarch in future generations. The decree does not remove the title from anyone that has it currently. [Deredactie]

--Also issued by King Philippe, a decree retroactively granting permission for the 2014 marriage of his nephew, Prince Amedeo. Amedeo did not originally ask for permission, but now that it has been granted, he returns to the Belgian line of succession. [Brussels Times]

--And finally, Tiara Watch #3: The British royal family took to Malta for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, and they did not disappoint in the jewel department. The Queen brought out the glorious Cambridge Emerald and Delhi Durbar Parure, and the Duchess of Cornwall sported her wonderful pink topaz jewels with the Greville Tiara. Plus, a bunch of brooch business and a lot more, all at the Vault.