Tuesday’s Royal Trinket: Archduchess Elizabeth Marie’s wedding gifts

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Today’s royal trinket is an old photograph. But what a photograph it is!

The photograph depicts the incredible wedding presents Archduchess Elizabeth Marie of Austria received on the occasion of her marriage in 1902 to Prince Otto of Windisch-Graetz. Elizabeth Marie was the only child of Crown Prince Rudolph (son of Empress Elizabeth of Austria, or Sisi). With such an illustrious lineage, it makes sense that she would have received such lovely jewels.

On the middle shelf to the right you can spot the 27 jeweled stars made by Köchert for Empress Elizabeth. Sisi wore them in her hair in the famous portrait by Winterhalter. The photograph of the wedding gifts depicts the last time all the stars were together because Elizabeth Marie (and later her heirs) gave them away as gifts. Sadly, most of the stars have disappeared from history.

2 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Royal Trinket: Archduchess Elizabeth Marie’s wedding gifts

  1. I absolutely love it when old photographs like this surfaces on the net. Maybe it has already been circulating around for a while, but it is the first time I see it. Quite a collection of wonderful gifts, and no doubt many of them family heirlooms. So great to see the diamond stars gathered all in one place and a shame that they have now been spread around all over the place. I was rather intrigued by the star tiara as well and I immediately went looking for a list of the Archduchess’ wedding gifts after seeing the photo (thought so far without any success).
    So thank you for posting this photo. A lovely “trinket” indeed 🙂

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