|Wilhelmina wears the Ruby Peacock Tiara|
|The Ruby Peacock Tiara and Necklace|
|Left to Right: Juliana in the necklace and pieces of the Mellerio Ruby Parure; Irene wears the central motif as an aigrette; Irene in the tiara and brooch. Her earrings also match the set. |
Video: The Ruby Peacock Tiara in actionPrincess Irene wore the parure often as a young princess and during her controversial marriage to Prince Carlos Hugo of Bourbon-Parma, but she eventually stopped wearing it. For decades, the Ruby Peacock Tiara and its necklace went unseen. Many assumed that Irene had quietly sold it at some point (as is often speculated when royal jewels disappear from public view for years on end). Leave it to Queen Máxima - who genuinely seems to love showcasing jewelry and often plays around with new combinations from the family collection - to solve the mystery.
Máxima in 2012In 2009, during a state visit from Sweden, then-Princess Máxima surprised everyone by appearing in the Ruby Peacock Tiara. She has used the diadem on several occasions since, and it has also been worn by Princess (formerly Queen) Beatrix. For those interested in ownership of royal jewels, their use of the tiara seems to indicate that the set is in the family collection now, and raises questions about whether it was really gifted to Irene in the past or not.
Máxima wears the Ruby Peacock Necklace, 2017Questions about the long absence of this parure may remain, but we know these pieces are still around, and that’s what counts. I hope to see the necklace and the tiara worn together again soon, because this is a set that deserves to be seen all at once.
Which do you prefer: the Peacock Tiara or the Mellerio Ruby Tiara?