Tuesday, 8 March 2011

George VI Sapphire Suite Tiara

Sapphire Suite Tiara
HM Queen Elizabeth II
In 1963, the Queen had a tiara and bracelet made to match the King George VI Victorian Sapphire Suite she was given as a wedding present. The George VI Victorian Suite was originally a present by George VI of the United Kingdom to his daughter Princess Elizabeth in 1947. 

Queen Elizabeth II
The sapphire tiara was made with a sapphire collar of Louise of Belgium, Princess of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha bought by the QUEEN in 1963.Princess Louise of Belgium
In 1907 there was a scandal at the Belgian Royal Court, and that's why the family has so few historic jewels.

Louise, daughter of King Leopold II, who left her husband, Prince Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, had so many debts that her creditors wanted to take possession of her share of her mother's inheritance.
It was about the jewels Queen Marie-Henri√ętte left her in 1902.

Neither her husband nor her father wanted to pay her debts, and that's why the jewels were put up for auction in Brussels. It was a case the press wrote about for months. The Belgian people were against their King, an unfaithful husband, who neglected his wife, Queen Marie-Henriette, for years! But a bigger scandal for the Belgian people was his attitude towards his daughters. He disinherited two of them. Stéphanie, widow of Rudolph, son of the emperor of Austria, married for the second time without his permission.

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