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Edited by Vincent on March 4, 2019, 1:59 am
This is a very interesting theory Beth. One detail though, princesse Francoise ´ s father was the duc de Guise. He actually gave a lot of jewels to his daughters. The younger one Anne, duchesse d’Aoste received one of the tiaras from the famous Lobanoff de rostoff collection, so it would make sense that princesse Francoise also received some jewels. After all, the Orleans family was still super rich in the 1920/30. And a princess had to be given a tiara in her corbeille de noces. Prince Michel of Greece gives more details in his books about the fact that the set was dismantled on his mother’s request in the 1940s and the stones sold, than he does about the origin of the set. Actually, if the jewels had been from queen Olga ‘s estate, it would have been strange for princesse Francoise to sell the stones. After the death of her husband, Prince Christophe of Greece, they would have been the property of her son, and not hers. But it was the war and at some point they must have been really short of money. Prince Michel has said many time that he found two turquoise’s after his mother’s death, which had not been sold. He had a golden bangle made with them. He also mentioned many time ( I mean during conversations) the urge his mother and uncle and aunt felt to sell everything during and after the war. As if they wanted to get rid of the past.