|Photos (clockwise from top left): tiara detail; Princess Marie of Hohenzollern, Countess of Flanders; tiara detail; tiara detail|
Let's wrap up our week of shamrocks, clovers, and trefoils with a peek at a historical tiara from the Saxe-Coburg-Gotha vaults, shall we? This is the trefoil coronet of the last Countess of Flanders, who was born Princess Marie of Hohenzollern.
Princess Marie married the Count of Flanders, who was the younger son of King Leopold I of the Belgians. Eventually, through the vagaries of fate, her son would eventually reign as King Albert I, and her descendants still sit on the Belgian throne. The tiara, however, left Belgium. It was inherited by Marie's daughter, Princess Henriette, who married Prince Emmanuel of Orléans, Duke of Vendôme.
Eventually, as is the case with many tiaras that leave the main line of a royal family, this piece was sold. Today it is in the collection of the Albion Art Institute in Tokyo, and it is frequently included in traveling exhibits.
For more on this tiara:
Diamond Divas: The Countess of Flanders