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The Lannoy Tiara – the sparkling diadem chosen by a countess for her wedding day

Grand Ducal Family

On 19 October 2012, Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy married Hereditary Grand Duke Guillame and became Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg. For her wedding, she wore a beloved family tiara- the Lannoy Tiara. 

The Lannoy Tiara is not as large as some of the tiaras that we have seen in the Grand Ducal family, but it is still beautiful nevertheless. 

The smaller tiara is a floral design made up of over 300 individual diamonds, including a large pear-shaped diamond that sits in the centre. It was made using millegraining techniques- this means that the edge of the tiara has very fine beading details. 

The Lannoy Tiara was created by Altenloh, a Belgian jewellery firm. In the nineteenth century the firm was incredibly popular with the Belgian Royal Family and aristocrats alike. 

Stéphanie is not the first woman in her family to wear this tiara for her wedding day, as both her sisters and sisters-in-law wore the floral piece at their weddings. It was a particularly poignant connection to her mother, as well. Her mother passed away shortly before her 2012 wedding, and had worn the tiara for her wedding to Stéphanie’s father in 1965. 

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