This tiara was an early favourite of Queen Letizia’s. The piece is a German imperial heirloom, passed down from mother to daughter until it reached Letizia’s mother-in-law, Queen Sofia of Spain. Sofia also wore the tiara on her wedding day. The tiara, according to the Court Jeweller, was Letizia’s “go-to jewel for the first five years of her royal marriage”. Royal fans are speculating whether or not Queen Letizia will wear this iconic tiara for her 40th birthday celebrations tomorrow.
The petite tiara was made by the German court jeweller, Koch, for the daughter of Kaiser Wilhelm II, Princess Viktoria Luise in 1913.
In 1938, Viktoria Luise eventually gave her daughter the Prussian Tiara as a wedding gift.
The tiara passed to a third generation in May 1962, when Queen Sofia of Spain wore the tiara on her wedding day in Athens.
The tiara remained in Sofia’s collection as she settled in Spain, and with her husband, founded the country’s present constitutional monarchy.
Since then, the tiara has been worn by several members of the Spanish Royal Family, including Juan Carlos and Sofia’s daughters, Infanta Elena and Infanta Cristina.
In May 2004, Queen Sofia loaned it to her new daughter-in-law, Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano.
Following in her mother-in-law’s footsteps, Letizia wore the tiara for her wedding to the future King Felipe VI.
Letizia wore the tiara often after her royal wedding, leading some to think that it may have been gifted to her by her mother-in-law.
But the tiara was not given outright to Letizia, as it was still shared by other members of the family.
In 2006, Infanta Cristina wore the tiara for the Russian state dinner in Madrid.
And the following year, Queen Sofia made a rare public appearance in the tiara, choosing it a grand gala event during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations for the late King of Thailand.
Letizia has remained the primary wearer of the tiara, generally choosing either the Prussian Tiara or the Spanish Floral Tiara for gala events.
Letizia’s most recent appearance in the Prussian Tiara came almost a decade ago. She wore the tiara for a state dinner in honour of the President of Chile in March 2011.
Since then, she has selected other tiaras from the family’s collection for gala events.
The Prussian Tiara perhaps is being reserved for Princess Leonor’s future wedding, which would fit with tradition. She would become the fifth generation in the line of royal wearers of this classic tiara, which would be an excellent starter tiara for a young future monarch.
It is unknown which tiara Queen Letizia will wear for her birthday celebrations tomorrow, but royal fans would be ecstatic to see the return of the Prussian Tiara.