Crown of Empress Eugénie

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The Crown of Empress Eugénie

The Crown of Empress Eugénie was the consort crown of Eugénie de Montijo, the empress consort of Emperor Napoleon III of France. Though neither she nor her husband underwent a coronation, a consort crown was specially created for her on the occasion of the 1855 Exposition Universelle. It is set with emeralds and diamonds in eagle and honeysuckle vine motifs.

After her husband was overthrown in 1870, following the Franco-Prussian War, Napoleon and Eugénie lived in exile in the United Kingdom. She died in 1920.

Though most of the French Crown Jewels were sold by the Third Republic in 1885, the Crown of Empress Eugénie was kept and is on display in the Louvre museum in Paris.

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