Queen Charlotte of Wurttemberg s diamond tiara. By Edward Fohr. 1896
My favourite tiaras, in that order.
Oh, how I adore the Fife.
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Empress Josephine’s Emerald Tiara is another Scandinavian tiara with a French history. This tiara (and the parure that goes with it) was owned by Empress Josephine of France, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. Josephine’s son, Eugene, Duke of Leuchtenberg, had two daughters (well, he had more, but these are the only ones that factor into our little tale here): Amelie and Josephine. Amelie married Emperor Pedro of Brazil and Josephine married Oscar I of Sweden. Amelie received this tiara from her mother (who received it from Empress Josephine), and when Amelie died in 1873 she left it (along with the Braganza Tiara) to her sister, Queen Josefina of Sweden. This tiara was passed down in Sweden until it reached Princess Ingeborg, Prince Carl of Sweden’s wife. Their daughter, Martha, married Olav V of Norway. She was given the tiara by her parents before World War II started, thinking that she could sell the tiara if times got rough for the Norwegian royals. Luckily, they didn’t, and today we see this hefty tiara gracing Queen Sonja’s head at some of the most important events she attends. She wore it at Crown Prince Haakon’s wedding, Crown Prince Frederik’s wedding and Crown Princess Victoria’s wedding. This is very much a “Queen” tiara, and we likely won’t see this on anyone else until a new queen comes to the throne.
The Strawberry Leaf Tiara
Info: A tiara from Helen, Duchess of Northumberland, Mistress of Robes to The Queen Mother. The tiara was stolen and never recovered.
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The Danish Ruby Parure Tiara, unlike the other two covered here, is most certainly not new. This tiara was bought for the wife of Jean Baptiste Bernadotte, Désirée Clary, for Napoleon’s coronation in 1804. Jean became King of Sweden in 1818, and the tiara came along. In 1869, Princess Louise of Sweden married the future Frederick VIII. She was given the tiara by her grandmother, Queen Josephine of Sweden (Désirée’s daughter-in-law), and brought it to Denmark. The tiara has been passed down through the generations, and now lies in Crown Princess Mary’s hands. However, the tiara has gone through a few transformations over the years. Until 1947, the tiara was far less substantial. It was more of a wreath. In 1947, Queen Ingrid of Denmark took two of the brooches in the parure and added them to the tiara. It once again changed shape in 2010, when Crown Princess Mary rearranged the leaves into a more compact shape to suit her head shape. This is my favourite tiara of them all, mostly because of its different shape.
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The Vasa Tiara, made by Carlman, is a relatively new tiara. It was gifted to Princess Martha of Sweden by the City of Stockholm upon her marriage to Crown Prince Olav of Norway, in 1929. It was given to Princess Astrid after her mother’s death in 1954.
This tiara is gorgeous!!! I don’t think I’ve ever really noticed it. We need more tiara events where Princess Astrid can show it off.
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Crown Princess Mary’s wedding tiara is another new tiara. It was bought for Mary at an auction prior to her wedding and made its royal debut at her wedding. The tiara is quite versatile. It can be worn as a necklace and pearls can also be added to it (first seen in May 2011).
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The Midnight Tiara is a new tiara to the Danish Royal Family. It’s also not technically owned by them, interestingly. The tiara, created by Charlotte Lyngaard of the Ole Lyngaard firm, consists of “31 beautifully shaped flower buds set with over 1300 sparkling diamonds together with specially cut moonstones”. It was created to be part of an exhibit at Amalienborg Palace in 2009. Crown Princess Mary saw it, and a deal was created. Instead of buying the tiara, Mary can borrow it whenever she wants. Basically, Mary gets a new tiara and the Ole Lyngaard firm gets publicity.
Info: A tiara that belonged to Princess Katharina Henckel Von Donnersmarck.
Stone(s): Emerald, White and Yellow Diamond
Source: Wallibs | Sotheby’s
Metal: Gold, Silver
Source: Humphrey Butler
Note: May be worn as a necklace. Sold.