The Persepolis celebrations turned out to be a magnificent display of spectacular jewels, some of which were rarely seen in European royal circles. Apart of the jewels worn by the members of the Iranian Imperial Family, the members of European and Asian royalty dazzled everyone with their diamonds. Among the most fantastic jewels were the ones worn by the Begum Aga Khan III, whose step-grandson did not attend because he became a father during the days of the celebrations. The most fantastic dresses were combined with these jewels: Princess Sofia of Spain wore a magnificent yellow dress with embroidery; Princess Grace of Monaco wore an embroidered Christian Dior dress; Balenciaga designed the dress of Queen Fabiola of the Belgians and the beautiful Princess Muna of Jordan chose Yves Saint Laurent.
Some of the tiaras worn at Persepolis, on the evening of the 14th October 1971. On the left, HRH Princess Basma of Jordan, the young sister of King Hussein, who wears an unidentified diamond tiara. In the centre, HSH The Princess of Liechtenstein spectacularly wears a diamond spike tiara (see below), while on the left HM The Queen of the Belgians wears the Wolfers Diamond Tiara.
A close-up of the tiara worn by Princess Gina of Liechtenstein, the Habsburg Fringe Tiara, possibly made by Köchert, in Austria and originally belonging to a member of the Austrian Imperial Family.
On the left, HRH The Grand-Duchess of Luxembourg, Josephine-Charlotte, wears her Belgian Diamond Tiara. In the centre, HRH Princess Anne of the United Kingdom wears the Greek Key Tiara (see below). On the right, HSH The Princess of Monaco, wears an unidentified diamond and ruby parure.
A close-up of the tiara worn to the banquet by HRH Princess Anne of the United Kingdom who, with her father, represented Queen Elizabeth II at the celebrations. This Greek Key Tiara had been a wedding present from Princess Andrew of Greece, mother of the Duke of Edinburgh, to her daughter-in-law, the future Queen Elizabeth II.
The beautiful and elegant Princess of Spain, Sofia, born Princess of Greece and Denmark wore Queen Maria Cristina’s Diamond and Pearl Tiara. The tiara was a personal possession of HRH The Countess of Barcelona and this was the only time the Princess, later Queen of Spain, wore the jewel in public.