Royal Tiaras 2019

It’s that time of year again! For the next few days leading up to the New Year, we will have a series of ‘Year in Review’ articles, compiling and featuring the Royal highlights of 2019. It’s my birthday today, and since all birthdays should have Tiaras, today’s feature is a roundup of the Royal Tiaras of 2019!

(as always, click on the link to get to the detailed article on the Tiara/Event)

Before we recap, some personal comments:

  • Each Year, there is a Royal lady that has had more notable Tiara appearances than the others, and after Queen Mathilde in 2016, Queen Letizia in 2017, and Queen Máxima in 2018, this was the year of three Coronations in Asia, so we have Empress Masako of Japan and Queen Azizah of Malaysia at a tie to win the title in 2019, with five and eight Tiara appearences respectively this year, most notably in the Meiji Scroll Tiara and Gandik Diraja Tiara, which came into their possession this year.
  • The Tiara appearences of other Queens include 4 for Queen Elizabeth II, only 1 for Queen Margrethe of Denmark (since the American State Visit was cancelled), 2 for Queen Sonja of Noway (the same one), 4 for Queen Silvia of Sweden (though she didn’t wear tiaras for State Banquets in two countries that Queen Máxima did), 2 for Queen Mathilde of Belgium, 4 for Queen Máxima of The Netherlands, 2 for Queen Letizia of Spain, and 2 for Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg.
  • There were just a few Tiara debuts and reappearances, most notably on Empress Masako of Japan, Queen Azizah of Malaysia, Lady Gabriella Windsor, and the new Princess Napoleon, and a few non-reigning Royal and Noble brides.
  • Compared to the previous few years, 2019 was relatively light on Royal Tiaras, with my often repeated phrase being ‘2019 lives up to being a dismissal tiara year’, due to the plethora of tiara-less State Visits, and the lack of a formal Banquet for Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s Confirmation.
  • In addition to all the Tiara events, we have featured articles on hundreds of royal jewels throughout the year, which you can visit HERE!

Also, let us know your favourite tiara from this year, and would would you like to see next year!

January

The first Royal Tiaras of 2019 came before much of the world had even seen the New Year, when the Japanese Imperial Family hosted their annual Ceremony of New Year’s Celebration at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on January 1st, this year being the last of Emperor Akihito’s Reign. While Empress Michiko didn’t wear a Tiara, Crown Princess Masako wore the Pearl Sunburst Tiara, Princess Kiko wore her Wedding Tiara, Princess Mako and Princess Kako wore their 20th Birthday Tiaras, and the extended members of the Imperial Family wore their Personal Tiaras.

The same evening in Copenhagen, the Danish Royal family attended the annual New Year’s Court (Nytårskur) and Banquet hosted by Queen Margrethe at Christian VII’s Palace, at which Queen Margrethe wore the Pearl Poire Tiara and pieces from the Crown Pearl Suite, Crown Princess Mary wore her Diamond Necklace Tiara (not her Ruby Parure as she has worn for all of the previous Receptions), and Princess Marie wore the Dagmar Floral Tiara.

On January 29th, Tunku Azizah wore the Pahang Tiara as she was appointed the Tengku Ampuan (Queen) of Pahang by her husband, the newly ascended Sultan of Pahang, ahead of his Installation as the King of Malaysia on the 31st.

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Two days later, Queen Azizah wore the Pahang Tiara again, as the Sultan of Pahang officially acceded as the new Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King of Malaysia), upon their arrival in Kuala Lumpur.

February

Queen Sonja wore Queen Maud’s Pearl Tiara and Princess Astrid wore Queen Alexandra’s Turquoise Circlet at the Banquet for the Diplomatic Corps at the Royal Palace in Oslo

Queen Rania of Jordan wore her Boucheron Bracelet Tiara on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, in an exclusive interview to mark the 20th Anniversary of King Abdullah’s Accession.

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Queen Letizia of Spain wore the Spanish Floral Tiara for Peruvian State Banquet at the Royal Palace in Madrid.

March

Queen Azizah wore one of the Tiaras from her personal collection for the King’s (Yang di-Pertuan Agong) first Speech to the Malaysian Parliament after their accession. The consorts of the nine Malay Sultanates also wore Tiaras for two sessions of Parliament and their Sultan’s Birthdays.

The Queen of Canada wore her Modern Sapphire Tiara and George VI Sapphire Parure  for a new Official Portrait which was taken by Chris Jackson at Windsor Castle in March 2019, which was released by the Canadian Government in October 2020.

April

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Queen Máxima wore the Antique Pearl Tiara, Princess Beatrix wore Queen Emma’s Diamond Tiara, and Princess Margriet wore the the Pearl Button Tiara,  for the annual Gala Dinner for the Diplomatic Corps at the Royal Palace of Amsterdam.

Crown Prince Leka and Crown Princess Elia released a series of Official Portraits to mark Easter, including a few of the Crown Princess wearing the Sapphire Goat Tiara, Queen Susan’s Diamond Necklace, and Queen Geraldine’s Ruby Earrings.

May

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Empress Masako wore the Meiji Scroll Tiara (for the first time) and two Diamond Riveres for Emperor Naruhito’s Sokuigo Choken no Gi Ceremony in the Matsu no Ma State Room of the Imperial Palace, to mark his accession to the Chrysanthemum Throne. Crown Princess Kiko wore the Crown Princess Diamond Scroll Tiara (for the first time) while the other members of the Imperial Family wore their Personal Tiaras.

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No tiara, but King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun of Thailand recieved a Crown during his lavish Royal Coronation Ceremony in Bangkok.

An Important Fabergé Diamond Tiara from the collection of Crown Princess Cecilie of Prussia, née Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin was auctioned at the Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels Sale in Geneva.

Grand Duchess Alexandra of Mecklenburg-Schwerin’s Fabergé Aquamarine and Diamond Tiara was auctioned at Christie’s and is now on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

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Lady Gabriella Windsor wore the Kent City of London Fringe Tiara, a wedding gift to her grandmother in 1934, for her wedding to Tom Kingston at Windsor Castle, a fitting tribute as it had also been worn by her aunt and mother at their wedding celebrations.

After wearing a few other jewels from his family earlier this year, Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg wore the Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille Floral Tiara for her wedding to Count Michael Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille in Svendborgsund.

Alessandra Caspari wore an antique Belle Epoque Tiara for her wedding to Prince Philipp von Thurn und Taxis in Schwangau, on the same day as the previous two weddings.

Empress Masako wore the Meiji Scroll Tiara and two Diamond Riveres again for a series of new formal photos in May 2019, which were released in February 2020.

June

Alana Bunte wore an heirloom Tiara for her wedding to Prince Casimir of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn.

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The Queen wore the Burmese Ruby Tiara and Crown Ruby Parure, the Duchess of Cornwall wore the Greville Tiara, and the Duchess of Cambridge wore Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara and the Queen Mother’s Sapphire Earrings for the American State Banquet at Buckingham Palace. The Princess Royal wore her Aquamarine Pine-Flower Tiara. The Countess of Wessex wore a new modified version of her Wedding Tiara. The Duchess of Gloucester wore the Gloucester Honeysuckle Tiara. Princess Alexandra wore the Ogilvy Tiara with her heirloom Pearl and Diamond Brooch. Princess Michael wore the Kent Festoon Tiara.

Princess Astrid of Norway wore the Vasa Tiara for the South Korean State Banquet at the Royal Palace of Oslo in honour of President Moon Jae-In and First Lady Kim Jung-sook. Queen Sonja and Crown Princess Mette-Marit were absent, not for the only time this year, due to illness.

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Queen Máxima of The Netherlands wore the Dutch Emerald Tiara for the State Banquet at Áras an Uachtaráin on the Dutch State Visit to Ireland, a welcome surprise after Queen Silvia didn’t wear a Tiara in Ireland a few weeks earlier.

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However, Queen Silvia did wear the Leuchtenberg Sapphire Tiara for the State Banquet in honour of South Korean President Moon Jae-In and First Lady Kim Jung-sook at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Crown Princess Victoria wore the Baden Fringe Tiara, Princess Sofia wore her Wedding Tiara and Princess Madeleine wore the Modern Fringe Tiara.

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For the Luxembourg National Day Gala, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa wore the Belgian Scroll Tiara, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie wore the Small Floral Tiara (for the first time), and Princess Alexandra wore the Turquoise Tiara and Parure.

July

The Danish Royal Court released new official portraits of Prince Joachim and Princess Marie, with the Princess wearing the Dagmar Floral Tiara.

Queen Saleha wore her Emerald Tiara and later her Diamond Heart Tiara for the Sultan of Brunei’s 73rd Birthday Celebrations, including a Parade, Audience, and lavish Banquet at the Istana Nurul Iman in Bandar Seri Begawan.

After wearing it for an earlier Official Portrait, Queen Azizah of Malaysia wore the Gandik Diraja Tiara at the Official Installation of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Raja Permaisuri Agong (King and Queen) of Malaysia, for a five year period

Raja Permaisuri Agong (Queen) Azizah wore the Pahang Tiara for the Installation Banquet at the Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur, with a host of Royal Guests and Relatives, also glittering in Tiaras.

August

Raja Permaisuri Agong (Queen) Azizah wore the Gandik Diraja Tiara again for King Abdullah’s Official Birthday Celebrations at the Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur.

September

We got a glimpse of the Duchess of Cornwall wearing the the Greville Tiara and her modern diamond parure in a previously unseen Mario Testino portrait (probably taken for her 70th Birthday in 2017) on an evening programmes for the Bruce Oldfield fashion show, in aid of the Royal Osteoporosis Society.

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Princess Senate of Lesotho was photographed in an mysterious Diamond Tiara for a series of portraits taken to mark her 18th Birthday. She had worn another tiara for a school dance in March.

October

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Queen Máxima  wore the Rose Cut Diamond BandeauStuart Tiara Earrings, and the Romanov Pink Diamond and Pearl Corsage for a State Dinner hosted by President Ram Nath Kovind and First Lady Savita Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, during the Dutch State Visit to India, which made us hopeful for a Tiara on Queen Silvia in India a few weeks later, but we were disappointed.

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The Queen wore the George IV State Diadem (for the entire length for first time since 1952), while the Duchess of Cornwall wore the Greville Tiara for the first of this year’s two State Openings of Parliament. Lady Susan Hussey wore the Waldegrave Tiara and there were a number of other bejewelled ladies present, including the wives of the Peers, wearing glittering tiaras and other family heirlooms, among them Princess Antonia, Duchess of Wellington wearing the Wellington Tiara.

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At the Belgian State Banquet in Luxembourg, Queen Mathilde wore the Nine Provinces Tiara, Grand Duchess Maria Theresa wore the Belgian Scroll Tiara, and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie wore the Citrine/Topaz Tiara.

Princess Astrid wore her Aigrette Tiara, for the annual Gala Dinner for Members of the Norwegian Parliament (Stortingsmiddag) at the Royal Palace of Oslo. Queen Sonja and Crown Princess Mette-Marit pulled out again due to last minute illness.

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Countess Olympia von und zu Arco-Zinneberg wore the heirloom Savoy-Aosta Choker/Bandeau Tiara (from her grandmother, the Dowager Archduchess of Austria-Este) and her mother’s Wedding Earrings for her Wedding to Prince Jean-Christophe Napoléon in Paris.

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Empress Masako wore the Meiji Scroll Tiara, Diamond Riveres and Chrysanthemum Earrings for the Banquet following Emperor Naruhito’s Enthronement, which featured Queen Maxima of The Netherlands in the Mellerio Ruby Parure, Queen Mathilde of Belgium in the Nine Provinces Tiara, Queen Letizia of Spain in the Fleur-de-Lys Tiara, the Raja Permaisuri Agong of Malaysia in the Gandik Diraja Tiara, Queen jetsun Pema of Bhutan in an Heirloom Pearl Bandeau, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden in her Laurel Wreath Tiara, and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark in her Necklace Tiara.

November

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Empress Masako wore the Meiji Scroll Tiara, Two Diamond Riveres, and Diamond Earrings, and Crown Princess Kiko wore the Crown Princess Diamond Scroll Tiara again for the Enthronement Parade thorough the streets of Tokyo.

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Queen Silvia wore the Connaught Diamond Tiara, Crown Princess Victoria wore the Six-Button Tiara, Princess Sofia wore her Wedding Tiara, and Princess Christina wore the Four-Button Tiara for the Representationsmiddag (Representatives Dinner) at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

Sheikha Sharifa Abdullah Nawaf Al Ahmed Al Sabah wore a replica of the Spanish Fleur-de-Lys Tiara for her wedding to Sheikh Jaber Duaij Jaber Al Ali Al Sabah.

Princess Margriet of the Netherlands wore the Dutch Diamond Prong Tiara and Queen Wilhelmina’s Diamond Trellis Necklace at the 38th annual Peter Stuyvesant Ball in New York City.

December

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Queen Silvia wore Queen Sofia’s 9-Prong Tiara, Crown Princess Victoria wore the Baden Fringe Tiara, Princess Sofia wore a new Turquoise Version of her Wedding Tiara, Princess Madeleine wore the Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara, and Countess Bettina Bernadotte wore her Cufflink Tiara at the 2019 Nobel Prize Ceremony and Banquet.

Queen Silvia wore the Connaught Diamond Tiara, Crown Princess Victoria wore the Laurel Wreath Tiara, Princess Sofia wore the diamond version of her Wedding Tiara, and Princess Madeleine wore the Modern Fringe Tiara at the King’s Dinner for Nobel Laureates at the Royal Palace of Stockholm

Charlotte de Rothschild wore the Württemberg Pink Topaz Tiara for a performance at the Albion Art Institute’s Holiday Party in Tokyo.

Princess (Pengiran Anak) Hafiyyah of Brunei wore Crown Princess Sarah’s Diamond Tiara and Bruneian Crescent Star Tiara at her wedding to Muhammad Aizat bin Pengiran Yasmin at Ma’ Wassalihin .

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The Queen wore the Grand Duchess Vladimir TiaraGreville Emerald Earrings and a huge Emerald Necklace (likely from the Greville Bequest), the Duchess of Cornwall wore the Greville Tiara, and her 4-strand Pearl Choker with Queen Alexandra’s Antique Diamond Clasp, and the Duchess of Cambridge wore Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiarathe Queen’s Diamond Chandelier Drop Earrings, and the Nizam of Hyderabad Necklace for the annual Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace, a magnificently glittering end to the year.

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