My tiara-loving heart is so full! We had three new tiara debuts last night (June 17) during the 18th birthday gala for Princess Ingrid Alexandra, from the birthday girl herself and the other two newly 18 year old princesses of Europe: Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange; and Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant.Embed from Getty Images
Four of Europe’s Queens-in-Waiting, and one Grand Duke-in-waiting, posed for a photo together. Back (L-R): Princess Amalia of The Netherlands, Princess Elisabeth of Belgium. Front (L-R): Princess Estelle of Sweden, Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway, Prince Charles of Luxembourg.
Ingrid Alexandra wore a purple ruffled Alberta Ferretti dress which her mother wore during a visit from Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan in May 2005 (which isn’t the only repeat of the night). Adorning her head is Princess Ingeborg’s Diamond and Pearl Tiara, and she wore the Order of St. Olav, King Harald’s Family Order, and her medals for the Royal House of Norway Centenary and King Harald’s Silver Jubilee. Ingrid is also wearing pieces from the amethyst parure.
I love that Ingrid keeps wearing her mother’s old clothes.Embed from Getty Images
Princess Amalia wore a coral pink gown with a cape and the Order of the Netherlands Lion. For her tiara-debut, she chose the Diamond Star Button Tiara, which her mother wore on her wedding day. I think she looks lovely. She walked into the gala with King Felipe of Spain, who is not pictured because he’s right behind Elisabeth.
Princess Elisabeth surprised everyone, debuting a brand new tiara. The Belgians don’t have a large tiara collection and this one is a brand new one. It’s very pretty. I’m going to call this Princess Elisabeth’s Diamond Tiara for now. She wore the Order of Leopold and a very shiny purple tiered gown.
While we’re here, let’s talk Queen Mathilde. She wore the Wolfers Necklace Tiara and the Order of St. Olav.
A photo with Ingrid’s immediate family was released featuring (back, L-R) Marit Tjessem (Mette-Marit’s mother), Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Crown Prince Haakon, Prince Sverre Magnus, Marius Borg Hoiby and (front L-R) King Harald, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, and Queen Sonja.
Mette-Marit wore a pink ruffled gown which she previously wore in official portraits from 2010, along with her Diamond Daisy Tiara and the Order of St. Olav. Sonja wore her big bird yellow dress which she’s worn 84 million times (she must really love this) and Empress Josephine’s Emerald Tiara and accompanying parure. She, Harald, and Haakon are all also wearing the Order of St. Olav.Embed from Getty Images
Queen Maxima wore a gown she previously wore in 2019 to the State Banquet in Japan for the new Emperor’s Enthronement. Max, being Max, opted for a larger tiara for the occasion, wearing a smaller setting of the big gun Stuart Tiara along with the accompanying necklace. Both she and King Willem-Alexander wore the Order of St. Olav.Embed from Getty Images
Let’s talk some of the other tiara showings from the event that we haven’t mentioned yet.
Norway: Princess Astrid (she’s 90!) (first row, left) wore Queen Maud’s Turquoise Tiara and the Order of St. Olav. Princess Martha Louise (second row, 5th from left) was there with her fiancé Durek Verrett (second row, 4th from left). Martha Louise wore King Olav’s Gift Tiara and the Order of St. Olav. (Not going to lie, I have a very low view of Martha Louise and Durek – I think they’re two grifters after they tried to use Martha Louise’s title to shill to some wellness retreat or whatever it was.)
Denmark: Crown Princess Mary (first row, 3rd from the left) wore the Midnight Tiara. Both she and Crown Prince Frederik (first row, 4th from the left) wore the Order of St. Olav.
Sweden: Crown Princess Victoria (first row, 4th from the right) wore a dress I don’t recognize and Princess Lilian’s Laurel Wreath Tiara which she inherited after Princess Lilian died in 2013. She and Prince Daniel wore the Order of St. Olav. Prince Oscar was in a little suit, and Princess Estelle wore a floral headband and a pretty blue gown.
Luxembourg: Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume (second row, 3rd from right) wore the Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau, and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie (second row, right) wore the Order of Civil and Military Merit of Adolph of Nassau and Grand Duchess Marie-Adélaide’s Tiara. They had little Prince Charles (second row, 2nd from right) with them.
Greece: Crown Princess Marie-Chantal (third row, 4th from right) wore Queen Sophie’s Diamond Tiara, and her daughter Princess Olympia (third row, 3rd from right) wore Marie-Chantal’s Diamond Fringe Tiara. Both women wore the Order of Saints Olga and Sophia.Embed from Getty Images
Harald, Haakon, Mette-Marit, and Ingrid all gave speeches at the gala.Embed from Getty Images
Proud papa Haakon was getting teary when Ingrid was speaking.Embed from Getty Images