The Floral Tiara

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This tiara is made of diamonds set in gold and silver in floral and vegetable motifs, and is the personal propriety of Her Majesty. It was a wedding gift from the Spanish people to Princess Sophia of Greece and Denmark on the occasion of her wedding to Prince Juan Carlos of Spain. Despite being one of their favorite diadems not much was known of its origins besides the fact that it was acquired in Madrid’s Aldao Jewellery Firm in 1962.

After the Princess of Asturias wore it to Queen Beatrix’s dinner on April 29, 2013 the Royal Household explained that this tiara had already belonged to the Royal Family long before 1962. King Alfonso XII commissioned this tiara to the British jewellers J.P. Collins in 1879 as a gift for his betrothed Archduchess Maria Christina of Austria-Teschen. Since then the piece left the family and in the 20th century ended in Aldao, where Franco would buy it as a wedding gift. The central flower is adapted to be used as a brooch.

It is believed that Princess Sophia used this gift for the first time at her pre-wedding ball as a necklace although the quality of the pictures is not good:

Princess Sophia. May 1962, Athens.

Princess Sophia. May 1962, Athens.

Doña Sofía would not wear the gift in a tiara frame until 1979 during a Sate Visit to Sweden. It has become one of her favorite diadems since then.

HM the Queen

HM the Queen

Doña Sofía wearing the tiara

Doña Sofía wearing the tiara

The Queen at the Royal Palace

The Queen at the Royal Palace

The Queen has frequently shared the tiara with her daughters and daughter-in-law, the Infanta Cristina even chose it for her wedding. Her sister Doña Elena, however, only used it before 1995, when she received a tiara from her fiance’s family:

The Infanta Cristina the day of her wedding

The Infanta Cristina the day of her wedding

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Wedding of the Danish Crown Prince in 2004

A young Infanta Elena

A young Infanta Elena

Since her wedding in 2004 the Princess of Asturias has borrowed this tiara on multiple occasions, including last week for a dinner in Amsterdam:

The Princess of Asturias at the wedding of the Swedish Crown Princess in 2010

The Princess of Asturias at the wedding of the Swedish Crown Princess in 2010

Princess Letizia at the Royal Palace

Princess Letizia at the Royal Palace

Her Royal Highness with the floral tiara

Her Royal Highness with the floral tiara

Doña Letizia at a dinner in Amsterdam in 2013

Doña Letizia at a dinner in Amsterdam in 2013

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8 Questions and Answers on Infanta Cristina’s legal situation

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  • You write that the Infanta is indicted. What does it mean? Does it mean the same in English and Spanish?

Different legal systems and languages make comparisons difficult and direct translations almost impossible. A year ago I chose to describe Iñaki’s legal situation with this word, indictment, after looking the translation from Spanish(imputación) in the dictionary and seeing the word used in a couple of occasions. However, as far as I can see, the word in English doesn’t have the same meaning.

  • What does “indictment” (imputación) mean in Spanish, then?

Someone indicted is not a suspect in a criminal case and is definitely not charged with a crime. An indictment means that the judge considers there is enough evidence to start a legal process, the term belongs to a pre-trial, investigative process and the line between witness and indicted can get blurry, especially in high-profile cases. For example, an indicted person will testify with their lawyer present and can lie in their declaration in front of the judge, something that it’s illegal for a ‘mere’ witness. In short, someone indicted may have committed a crime and may (or may not) be considered a suspect later if a trial takes place.

  • What is the Noos case?

The Noos case is, allegedly, a political fraud case. Iñaki Urdangarín and his partner, Diego Torres, set up a non-profit institute (the Nóos Institute), and are now under investigation for suspected misappropriation of public funds, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud,  falsification of official documents and tax fraud. They allegedly used the Institute to siphon off millions in public funds to private firms.

  • What was the Infanta’s role in the Institute?

The Infanta was one of the board members. However, she had not been indicted until recently because they had no found any proof that she participated in the board meetings or had any role in the Institute.

  • On which grounds has she been indicted?

The judge has stated that it was unlikely Urdangarin was operating behind his wife’s back and that it seems he consulted her on various aspects of the institute’s running. He also said that to not summon the infanta “would leave the question open and discredit the notion that justice is equal for all.”

  • Reactions to the news?

The Public Prosecutor in charge of this case is against the Infanta’s indictment. His office has presented an appeal against the indictment because the prosecutor argued that it was “discriminatory” to cite the infanta as a suspect on the case based on the evidence that had been gathered in the course of the investigation to date. He said “absolutely nothing” had emerged in the probe to reverse the previous decision not to name her as a suspect in the case.

Initially the Royal Household refused to comment on a judicial decision but would later state their surprise on the judge’s change of opinion and express their support of the appeal.

Prince Felipe, according to El País, attended the inauguration of new judges at a ceremony in Barcelona on Thursday. “Members of the judicial profession are worthy of the highest level of trust,” said the prince, who was greeted by a standing ovation. Felipe called on the barristers to carry out their work “with strength and judiciousness.”

The reactions of the Government and the opposition are stated in the El Paísarticle.

  • What happens now?

Initially she was scheduled to testify at the end of April. The judge has  accepted a petition by the prosecutor’s office to suspend the subpoena of Infanta Cristina to answer questions on the case in court.

Prosecutor Pedro Horrach argued that the justice system should first rule on an appeal by the prosecutor’s office against the implication of the Infanta. In any case the Infanta contacted a few days ago one of Spain’s most important lawyers, Micquel Roca, one of the “fathers” of the Constitution. His Law Firm would be in charge of her legal defense if needed.

  • Does she have any special or preferential treatment?

No. In Spain, the only member of the Royal Family with special legal treatment is the Head of State.

 

Read more:

15 Questions and Answers on the Urdangarín Case

Judge targets Princess Cristina in Nóos corruption probe

Government fears for image of Spain in wake of princess’s court order

Subpoena of Princess Cristina on Urdangarín case suspended

 

Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Asturias at the wedding of Luxembourg’s Hereditary Grand Duke.

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HRH Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume married the Belgian Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy in a religious ceremony on Saturday October 20, 2012 and Don Felipe and Doña Letizia represented the Spanish Royal House. The couple had been civilly married by the Mayor of Luxembourg the day before.

 

The day after the wedding His Royal Highness was in Évora (Portugal), for the baptism of little Princess Isabelle of Orléans, daughter of Prince Charles Philippe of Orléans and Princess Diana, Duchess of Cadaval, who became his youngest goddaughter. Prince Charles Philippe and his siblings grew up in Spain, where their first cousins, the children of the Infante Don Carlos, Duke of Calabria, lived.

 

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  • Click here for a gallery of over 600 photos of the wedding ceremony and royal guests in Luxembourg
  • Click here for information and photos of the baptism (in Portuguese)
  • Click here for more information on the Infante Don Carlos and his family

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Doña Simoneta Gómez-Acebo y Borbón, daughter of the Infanta Doña Pilar, is now divorced.

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Doña Simoneta, niece of HM the King, divorced José Miguel Fernández-Sastrón on October 16. The couple, who has thee children together, maintains an amicable relationship and left the court house where the divorce was finalized together in Simoneta’s car. Although they signed the divorce papers last week Simoneta and José Miguel separated three years ago. Their wedding, who took place in Mallorca in 1990, was attended by the Royal Family.

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London 2012: The Royal Family receives part of the Spanish Team at the Royal Palace of El Pardo

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Their Majesties the King and Queen and Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Asturias received 137 members of the Olympic Team at the Royal Palace of El Pardo on July 23.

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Photo: Casa de Su Majestad el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos; Video: RTVE.es

Incoming events and news: New official website, London Olympics, Conference on Rare Diseases and Summer holidays

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Queen Sofia during the men’s singles final tennis match between Rafael Nadal of Spain and Fernando Gonzales of Chile at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

  • The Prince and Princess of Asturias paid a working visit to the United States in June and made a great impression on Time magazine news editor Howard Chua-Eoan, who wrote a lengthy article praising “The Poignance (and Royalty) of Spain’s Soft Power” (i.e., the Prince and Princess) Read the complete article at Time.com
  • The London Olympics are upon us and we have a rough sketch of the Royal Family’s involvement. Her Majesty will travel next week to London where she’ll attend a reception for the Spanish athletes, a reception offered by Queen Elizabeth and the opening ceremony. The Prince and Princess of Asturias will attend various events in August and the closing ceremony. On Monday the Royal Family will receive the Olympic Team in the Royal Palace of El Pardo.
  • The funeral of Don José Luis Hernández y Eraso,  husband of Doña Alicia Moreno y Borbón, daughter of HRH Princess Teresa of Bourbon-Two Sicilies and the Marquess of Laula and Laserna, took place on the Church of the Holy Spirit in Madrid this past week. HRH the Infanta Doña Pilar with her daughter Doña Simoneta Gómez-Acebo y Borbón and her brother-in-law HE the Duke of Soria and Hernani attended. Photos.
  • The Royal Household has confirmed that they are launching a (much needed) new website. El Mundo gave September as the date of the launch.
  • The King paid a working visit to the Russian Federation at the invitation of President Putin.
  • The Princess of Asturias attended a conference on rare diseases, the urea cycle disorders, on the 80th anniversary of the discovery of the urea cycle.
  • The Prince of Asturias is spending the weekend at Palma de Mallorca: on Saturday morning he received the ministers of foreign affairs of the “Berlin Club” in audience at the Royal Palace of La Almudaina, he took part in the King’s Cup sailing race and delivered the King’s Cup awards in the evening.
  • Queen Sofía will start the summer holidays in Marivent after the opening of the Olympic Games on July 27. Her Majesty will be accompanied by the Infanta Elena, the Infanta Cristina and their children. The King, the Prince and Princess of Asturias and the Infanta Leonor and the Infanta Sofía will start the holidays in Mallorca the first days of August.
  • The Prince and Princess of Asturias will preside the annual meeting of the directors of Cervantes Institutes in Salamanca next week.
  • Their Majesties will preside the oath of office of the new President of the Supreme Court and the new members of the Constitutional Court on Monday.

HM the King’s Working Visit to Russia on July 18 and July 19.

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His Majesty during the flight to Russia with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Industry and Energy and the Head of His Household.

Don Juan Carlos undertook a working visit to the Russian Federation on July 18 and 19, accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, the Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism and a delegation of Spanish companies formed by representatives of CAF, FCC, Iberdrola Ingeniería, Indra, Indra, Maxam, OHL, Repsol, Talgo and Técnicas Reunidas. The objective of the trip was to give an additional boost to bilateral trade and economic ties and develop joint investment projects. The Spanish companies are especially interested in the high-speed train contract between Moscow and Saint Petersburg (estimated in 17,400 million euros) and Moscow’s modernization city plan with a budget of 165,000 million euros.

July 19-Arrival in Moscow, the King is greeted by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, responsible for relations with European Countries.

July 19-Arrival in Moscow, where the King is received by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, responsible for relations with European Countries, the Ambassador in Russia and the Russian Ambassador in Spain.

On July 19 King Juan Carlos started the visit with a meeting with Sergey Sobyanin, Mayor of Moscow. The two ministers, the Secretary of State of Commerce and the high commissioner of the Spain brand as well as the business delegation were present at the meeting, where collaboration possibilities between Spanish and Russian companies were discussed.

Don Juan Carlos during the meeting with the Mayor of Moscow

Afterwards, in the Guest Residence of the Russian Government, Don Juan Carlos met with Dmitry Medvédev, Prime Minister of the Government and former President of the Russian Federation. The two ministers, the secretary of State of Commerce and the high commissioner of the Spain brand took part in the meeting when they tackled various issues like the processing of visas for Russian tourists visiting Spain, the economic cooperation among the two countries or the advances reached in relations after the Dual Russia-Spain Year in 2011. His Majesty did not forget to thank the Prime Minister for the State Prize of the Russian Federation he was awarded in 2011.

His Majesty with the Russian Prime Minister

Meeting of the King with the Prime Minister accompanied by their respective delegations.

Later, Don Juan Carlos met with the Russian President Vladimir Putin, who at a ceremony held at the Grand Kremlin Palace, presented King Juan Carlos I with a certificate and honorary symbol of laureate of the Russian National Award for Outstanding Achievements in Humanitarian Work. His Majesty had been awarded this prize last year from the previous President and current Prime Minister, and donated the 250,000 euros prize to the earthquake stricken town of Lorca in Southern Spain.

HM the King greets President Putin at the Grand Kremlin Palace

His Majesty receives the insignia of the Prize

In his speech King Juan Carlos remembered the fact that Russia was the first State to recognize the Cádiz Constitution of 1812, Spain’s first Constitution that celebrates its 200th anniversary this year. His Majesty also mentioned the situation in the Arab world, most particularly in Syria, and the need of an international cooperation within the framework of the United Nations to help solve the Syrian tragedy.

King Juan Carlos during his speech

Meeting with the President of the Russian Federation after the Award ceremony

The visit ended with a working lunch presided by King Juan Carlos and President Putin, attended by both countries diplomatic and political delegations and the businessmen who participated in a Spain-Russia business forum.

Working lunch

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Photos: Casa de Su Majestad el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

The Royal Family helps rebuild earthquake stricken town in Murcia.

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The Prince and Princess of Asturias visit the area affected by the earthquake after attending the funeral for the victims

In May 2011, an earthquake killed nine persons and destroyed the old part of the town of Lorca in Murcia, in the South Eastern coast of Spain. At the time, TRH the Prince and Princess of Asturias visited the affected areas, a refugee camp and attended the funeral for the deceased.

In June 2011, HM the King received the State Prize of the Russian Federation, the highest official Russian honour, for his humanitarian work in 2010. The Royal Household announced that the money of the Award (125,000 euros) would be donated to Lorca, to help repair the destroyed historical heritage.

This has not been the only donation from the Royal Family to the city of Lorca. The Queen Sofía Foundation has set aside 271,000 euros of its budget to repair four buildings still closed after the earthquake. The buildings are a geriatric hospital, an XVIII century Church, a Conservatory opened in 1788 and an 18th century palace used for exhibitions.

Finally, the Hesperia Foundation, presided by the Prince and Princess of Asturias and founded with the inheritance money they received from a Mallorcan businessman, has also assigned 25,000 euros to help repair the structure of a school for children with physical or physic handicaps.

The Royal Family assumes new public service pay cut

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The Royal Household announced this week that the King and the Prince of Asturias annual remunerations will be reduced by one-fourteenth. This action is in line with the royal decree published in the Official State Bulletin last Saturday concerning wage reductions for public servants. Likewise, the money destined to cover the representation expenses of Her Majesty, the Princess of Asturias and the Infantas Elena and Cristina will also be reduced by 7.1%

The senior staff of the Royal Household will also see their salary reduced by one-fourteenth (the equivalent of the December bonus).

The monarch also announced a 100,000-euro reduction to the Royal Household’s annual budget, following the 170,000-euro cut laid out in the state budget.

The sum resulting from the application of the reductions will be reimbursed to the Treasury.

Read more at the site of the Royal Household of His Majesty the King.

Photo via IPApress

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