During the second reception before their wedding, at the Castro Guimarães Museum – beautifully located near the sea, in Cascais in what today is the Avenue Umberto II of Italy – HRH Princess Maria Pia of Savoy, wearing the splendid diadem of diamonds and pearls, and HRH Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia mingle with some of their guests, including members of the Italian community who are seen applauding. Many wore regional costumes.
Glittering scenes during the receptions held on the occasion of the wedding of Princess Maria Pia and Prince Alexander: on the left, TRH The Duke and Duchess of Braganza, on the right, Monseigneur Le Comte and Madame La Comtess de Paris. HRH The Duchess of Braganza, born HIRH Princess D. Maria Francisca of Orleans-Braganza, who was the sister of Madame, married the Head of the Portuguese Royal House in Petrópolis, Brazil, in 1942, and was the mother of the present Duke of Braganza. The Duchess wore a small diamond tiara, a simple line of diamonds with some small diamond flowers.
On the left, HRH Infanta D. Maria Adelaide of Portugal, Mrs. Nicolaas van Uden, whose elegance was fairly noted, arrives at one of the receptions and wears a diamond bandeau, likely a converted necklace. On the right, HRH The Princess of Hannover, born Princess Ortrud of Schleswig-Holstein, mother of the current head of the Royal House of Hannover. The Princess wore an elegant diamond tiara and a demi-parure of diamonds and pink topaz, later worn by the first wife of her son, Princess Chantal of Hannover.
Two of the three siblings of Princess Maria Pia during the reception at the Castro Guimarães Museum. The young and beautiful Princess Maria Gabriella did not wear a tiara, while her brother wore the Collar of the Santissima Annunziata among other decorations. On the right, the youngest sister of King Umberto II, HRH Princess Maria of Italy, Princess Louis of Bourbon-Parma, accompanied by her nephew and niece: HM King Simeon II of the Bulgarians and HRH Princess Marie Louise of Bulgaria.
The Italian Princess wore a splendid and large tiara of diamond and topaz, a historical piece of jewellery inherited by Queen Margherita of Italy from her mother, Princess Elisabeth of Saxony, first Duchess of Genoa. The tiara, part of a most stunning parure, was a wedding present of Queen Maria Teresa of Sardinia to the wife of her second son, the Duke of Genoa. Princess Marie Louise of Bulgaria wears an elegant diamond and pearl bandeau commissioned at Chiappe by Queen Elena of Italy, her wedding present to her daughter Princess Giovanna.
Some of the most prominent guests at the glittering reception held at the Palace Hotel of Estoril. HRH Princess Paul of Yugoslavia is seen next to her sister, HRH Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent. Countess Helene zu Toerring-Jettenbach, daughter of Princess Paul and Princess Marina's sister, Princess Elisabeth of Greece and Denmark, Countess zu Toerring-Jettenbach (and future Archduchess Ferdinand of Austriahungary) stands next to her sister, the beautiful Princess Alexandra of Kent, who wears a diamond bandeau and stands next to her brother, HRH The Duke of Kent, and other guests.
On the right, TRH The Count and Countess of Barcelona outside the Castro Guimarães Museum. The Count wears the Golden Fleece along with the Collar of the Santissima Annunziata. HRH The Countess of Barcelona wears the splendid diamond and pearl tiara that was part of the jewels given to her by King Alfonso XIII on the occasion of her wedding to the then Prince of the Asturias, in 1935 in the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Rome. The jewel had been the property of Queen María Cristina, King Alfonso’s mother, and is thought to be today the property of HRH Infanta María del Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz.
Leaving the reception at the Palace Hotel, HRH Princess Maria Pia of Italy and HRH Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia, two days before their wedding. Apart of the tiara described before, the Italian Princess wears a splendid stomacher, possibly from the Yugoslav Royal Family.