Happy Birthday to Princess Birgitta of Sweden and Hohenzollern who turns 80 today. The daughter of Prince Gustaf Adolf and Princess Sibylla of Sweden, Princess Birgitta is the sister of King Carl XVI Gustaf and the second of the four ‘Haga Princesses’. She is also the first cousin of Queen Margrethe of Denmark and Queen Anne Marie of Greece. In 1961, she married Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern, son of the Prince of Hohenzollern, in a civil ceremony in Sweden and a religious ceremony in her grooms native Germany. The couple had three children but separated in 1990, while continuing to attend Royal events. Princess Birgitta was widowed in March 2016. She lives in Spain. In honour of her birthday, we are featuring her Pearl Circle Tiara.
Made of small pearl circles separated by small diamonds, with diamonds in the centre of each pearl cluster in the center of the pearl circle, the Pearl Circle Tiara was made by Court Jewellers Carlman in Stockholm in 1961 on the order of King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden as a wedding present for his granddaughter, Princess Birgitta. Princess Birgitta wore her grandfather’s Wedding Gift at her Wedding Ball at the Royal Palace of Stockholm in 1961. She wore her Pearl Circle Tiara just a few times after her wedding, notably King Gustaf VI Adolf’s 90th Birthday Banquet in 1972, since she usually borrowed larger Tiaras from the Swedish or Hohenzollern vaults for grand events.
In 1990, Princess Birgitta’s only daughter, Princess Désirée of Hohenzollern, wore the Pearl Circle Tiara for her wedding to Hereditary Count Heinrich Franz Josef of Ortenburg. In 2000, the Pearl Circle Tiara was worn by Uta Maria König when she married Princess Brigitta’s youngest son, Prince Hubertus of Hohenzollern in Palma de Majorca.
These days, Princess Désirée is the person who is most likely to be seen wearing the Pearl Circle Tiara and it is thought that Princess Brigitta has gifted it to her. Princess Désirée wore the Pearl Circle Tiara to the Wedding of Crown Princess Victoria in 2010, the Wedding of the Prince of Prussia and Princess Sophie of Isenburg in 2011, the Wedding of Princess Madeline in 2013, and the Wedding of Prince Carl Philip in 2015.
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