LOVELY ROYAL MOMENTS → Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden at the wedding of Princess Madeleine and Mr Christopher O’Neill on 8 June 2013.
Baby pictures of Sweden’s little princesses: Princess Estelle and her cousin, Princess Leonore.
The name of Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill’s daughter has been announced. She will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Leonore Lilian Maria, Duchess of Gotland.
♚ The Braganza Tiara
The Braganza Tiara, often called the Brazilian Tiara was made in France with diamonds from Brazil in 1829 for the new Empress of Brazil, Amelie. The name Braganza comes from the name of a duchy in Brazil, the Emperor was also known as the Duke of Braganza.
Amelie had this tiara reworked several times to suit her best ending up with the design we see now.
When Amelie passed away in 1873 her sister, Queen Josephine of Sweden inherited the tiara. The tiara has been apart of the Swedish Royal Jewel Collection ever since.
This tiara is one of the tiaras in the Swedish Jewel Vault that is only ever worn by the current Queen.
Since coming to Sweden the Braganza Tiara has only left Sweden twice; the first time it was worn by Queen Louise of Sweden who wore it to the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1936 in Great Britain.
The last time it was taken out of Sweden was when Queen Silvia of Sweden wore it in on a state visit in 2007. Silvia made this exception because Denmark is so close to Sweden, both geographically and family wise. She thought “Queen to Queen it would be nice to wear it [for Margrethe]" since Margrethe is also interested in the histories of the Swedish Royals Jewels. According to Silvia she will never taken it out of the country again.
Silvia has made a lot of use of this tiara as Queen, it holds a very special place in her heart because of her own Brazilian roots (her mother was Brazilian). Silvia famously wore this tiara for her first official portrait as Queen of Sweden in 1976 (shown above).
Silvia states that this tiara is reserved for “only very very special occassions" ; as a young Queen Silvia wore it to almost every state visit, however she has never worn it to the Nobel Prize Awards.
However lately Silvia has opted to wear other tiaras for special occasions, this is probably due to the heavy and uncomfortable nature of this tiara. Silvia has said that this tiara is "complicated to wear… it moves [as you wear it] and is not easy to fix." It has also been said that is is very heavy to wear and hard on the wearer’s neck.
The last time Silvia wore this big gun tiara was at her daughter, Crown Princess Victoria’s wedding in 2010 (shown above).
Happy 2nd birthday Princess Estelle! (b. February 23, 2012)