I thought about doing a “Which Tiara Will Sofia Wear” post going through all of the Swedish tiaras to contemplate which one Sofia Hellqvist will wear on her wedding day on Saturday, but, while looking at photos of the Swedish tiaras would be fun, realistically there are only a handful of tiaras she could wear that aren’t in use solely by Queen Silvia or owned by other people. Of those, there really is only one that would work well as a wedding tiara (The Connaught Tiara), plus Silvia will have to tiara all of the King’s sisters (I’m guessing Princess Christina will wear the Six Button Tiara). My guess for Sofia is that she will get a brand new tiara to wear.
So instead of listing all of the Swedish tiaras and telling you why Sofia won’t be wearing them, let’s keep on the theme of royal wedding rewinds and take a look at past royal wedding tiaras for the ladies we’ve been looking at this week. As with the engagement rings and wedding dresses, this is not an exhaustive list of royal wedding tiaras, and we’ll be starting with the Swedes.
Swedish Royal Family
Crown Princess Victoria
Crown Princess Victoria wore the Cameo Tiara for her wedding, keeping in a semi-tradition of using this tiara as a wedding tiara. This tiara used to belong to Empress Joséphine, wife of Napoleon. The tiara came to Sweden via Joséphine’s granddaughter, also named Joséphine, when she married King Oscar I of Sweden and Norway. The tiara itself is made of gold and pearls and features seven cameos. Contrary to the theory that this tiara is specifically a wedding tiara for a queen/future queen, this tiara has been worn by two of the King’s sisters for their weddings.
I really like the uniqueness of the Cameo Tiara and thought it looked absolutely perfect in contrast to Victoria’s wedding gown.
Princess Madeleine bucked the Cameo wedding tiara tradition and wore the Modern Fringe Tiara. In the press releases for the Nobel Prize ceremonies last December, the Swedish Court referred to this tiara as a “private tiara”. It is thought this tiara was a gift from King Carl XVI Gustaf to Queen Silvia in the 1980s. Silvia used to wear the tiara, and Victoria wore it as a necklace, but it’s been seen exclusively on Maddie in the last few years. It’s been speculated that Silvia gave this tiara to Maddie as a wedding gift.
I really like this tiara in general because I think it looks light and feminine, though I think it got lost with the veil and the orange blossoms behind and around it.
British Royal Family
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge
The Queen lent Kate Middleton the Halo Scroll Tiara to wear on her wedding day. The tiara was made by Cartier in 1936 and purchased by King George VI (then Duke of York) for the Queen Mother (then Duchess of York).
As with Maddie’s Fringe, Kate’s Halo got lost a bit with the veil behind it. It just blends in too much. Also, it may just be the way Kate’s hair falls on her forehead, but the tiara looks crooked to me. Oddly enough, though, as with her wedding dress Kate’s wedding tiara landed near the top in my list because I dislike many of the other ones.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex
Sophie, Countess of Wessex wore a tiara cobbled together from four diamond pieces from the Queen‘s private collection (the pieces may have once belonged to Queen Victoria, though that is just a rumor).
I’m not a fan of this tiara. I don’t like it’s cobbled together look, or the fact that it makes her look like she has cat ears to the sides and a random horn in the middle of her head.
Danish Royal Family
Crown Princess Mary
Crown Princess Mary received a brand new tiara for her wedding, as a wedding gift from Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik. The diamond tiara features five peaks with smaller peaks in between. The tiara is so small and delicate that it gets lost with the veil and flowers.
Princess Marie wore the Danish Diamond Floral Tiara for her wedding. This tiara has been in the Danish Royal Family since the early 1900s.
**This is a picture of Marie from the March 17 State Dinner during the State Visit from the Netherlands. I’m using it because it gives a better view of the tiara than any wedding photos I could find.
Spanish Royal Family
Queen Letizia‘s wedding tiara seems more Greek than Spanish, with it’s laurel leaves on top and Greek key design on bottom, but that’s to be expected (kind of). This tiara came to Spain from Prussia by way of Greece. It first belonged to a daughter of Kaiser Wilhelm II, then made it’s way to Greece, and finally landing in Spain when it came over with Queen Sofia when she married King Juan Carlos.
Dutch Royal Family
Queen Maxima wore a tiara cobbled together from pieces in the Dutch Royal Family collection – to much better results than poor Sophie – resulting in the Diamond Star Button Tiara. The base was the base of the Dutch Pearl Button Tiara and the five stars were brooches that once belonged to Queen Emma.
The tiara didn’t get lost in Max’s veil, but I’m not a huge fan of the peak-y tiaras.
Royal Family of Norway
Crown Princess Mette-Marit
Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore a small tiara that was a wedding gift from King Harald and Queen Sonja. The Diamond Daisy Tiara is a diamond tiara in the shape of daisies with a scalloped edge.
**Mette-Marit is pictured at the wedding of Frederik and Mary in 2004 to get a better close-up of the tiara.
Belgian Royal Family
Queen Mathilde wore a tiara that once belonged to Queen Elisabeth, wife of King Albert I of Belgium. The diamond tiara is in the Art Deco style. I’m going to call it Queen Elisabeth’s Art Deco Tiara.
Luxembourg Royal Family
Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie
Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie wore her family tiara, the Lannoy Tiara, for her wedding. The tiara was made by Altenloh in Brussels and features a large pear-shaped center diamond with smaller brilliant diamonds in a floral-ish scrolling motif all set in platinum. Not my favorite, but family tiaras are cool.
Monaco Royal Family
Princess Charlene chose to forgo a tiara (as I mentioned in the engagement ring post, Charlene is not much of a jewelry wearer) and instead opted for a diamond floral headpiece that once belonged to Prince Albert‘s grandmother, Princess Charlotte.