Happy 71st Birthday to King XVI Gustaf of Sweden. The Swedish Royal Family have a very large tiara collection, and since the King is the Head of the Royal family, many of these tiaras are worn because of the lady’s relation to him. In honour of his birthday, take a look at the Swedish Royal Tiaras-
Made in 1829 for Princess Amélie of Leuchtenberg, a granddaughter of Empress Joséphine of France, as a wedding gift from her husband, Emperor Pedro I of Brazil, from diamonds acquired from his children, which had belonged to his first wife. After his abdication in 1831, the couple eventually settled in Lisbon, and upon Empress Amélie’s death in 1873, all of her jewels were left to her sister, Queen Josefina of Sweden. Worn by all subsequent Queens of Sweden, the Braganza Tiara is worn by Queen Silvia at only the most special occasions, including the Wedding of Crown Princess Victoria in 2010.
Leuchtenberg Sapphire Tiara
A wedding gift from Napoléon to his step-daughter-in-law, Princess Augusta of Bavaria, Duchess of Leuchtenberg, the Sapphire Parure was given to her daughter, Queen Josefina of Sweden. Worn by all Queens of Sweden since Queen Victoria, it was also worn by Princess Sibylla, when she was the ‘First Lady’, and Princess Brigitta. Worn solely by Queen Silvia these days, the Leuchtenberg Sapphires are often worn at the Nobel Prizes, and is one of her favourite tiaras, since it is very flexible and easy to transport.
Queen Sofia’s 9-Prong Tiara
This piece originally belonged to Queen Sofia of Sweden. Worn by subsequent Queens, the Tiara has been lent to the King’s sisters and aunt, Princess Lillian. Though reportedly inflexible difficult to wear, the 9-Prong Tiara is a favourite of Queen Silvia’s and is frequently worn at the Nobel Prizes, as well as for the grander banquets.
Connaught Diamond Tiara
Another favourite of Queen Silvia, the Connaught Diamond Tiara was a wedding gift from the Duke and Duchess of Connaught to their daughter, Princess Margaret, when she married the Crown Prince of Sweden. After her early death, it was inherited by her eldest son and became such a favourite of his wife, Princess Sibylla, that it is also known as Princess Sibylla’s Tiara. One of those tiaras worn by almost all Swedish Royal Ladies, it is worn frequently by Queen Silvia at most banquets, and has eben worn by both of her daughters.
Baden Fringe Tiara
A wedding gift to Princess Victoria of Baden when she married King Gustav V of Sweden in 1881, the Baden Fringe Tiara has been worn by almost all the Swedish Royal ladies since, and is currently most associated with Crown Princess Victoria, and was even reproduced on a Barbie doll produced in her likeness.
Napoleonic Amethyst Tiara
Said to have originated from the famous Empress Josephine of France, the large, heavy amethyst necklace was put on a tiara frame by Queen Silvia, soon after her marriage. Also loaned to most of the Royal ladies, the Tiara and parure have also been worn by Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Madeleine, and, most recently, Princess Sofia.
The oldest tiara in the collection, the Cameo parure originate from Empress Josephine of France, given to her by Napoleon sometime around 1809. Eventually ending up with her granddaughter, Queen Josefina of Sweden, the Cameo Parure went outside the main royal family, but was loaned to the aforementioned Crown Princess Margaret of Sweden, and eventually left to her daughter-in-law, Princess Sibylla. Worn as a wedding tiara by two of her daughters, the Cameo Tiara was worn by Queen Silvia at her wedding in 1976, and most famously, by Crown Princess Victoria at her wedding in 2010.
Laurel Wreath Tiara
Given as a wedding gift to Princess Margaret of Connaught when she married Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf in 1905, from her husband’s grandmother, Queen Sofia, the piece was left to her third son, Prince Bertil, upon her early death in 1920. Prince Bertil had a long-term romance with Welsh-born Lillian Craig, which you can read more about HERE, and she wore this laurel wreath tiara a few times before they eventually got married in 1976. One of her most worn tiaras after her wedding, Princess Lillian eventually left the Tiara to crown Princess Victoria upon her death in 2013, who has worn it a few times, including at an Official Dinner last month.
Napoleonic Cut-Steel Tiara
Discovered by Queen Silvia soon after her marriage, when she was making her way through the cupboards of the Palace, the Cut-Steel Tiara was made for Queen Hortense of Holland, and brought to Sweden with her niece, the aforementioned Queen Josefina of Sweden. Also worn by the King’s sisters, it is a favourite of Crown Princess Victoria, who wears it frequently, including at the Nobel Prize Ceremony last December.
Modern Fringe Tiara
A gift to Queen Silvia from King Carl XVI Gustaf in the 1980s, the Modern Fringe was one of her most worn pieces until recently, when it started to be frequently worn by Princess Madeleine, who also wore at to her 2013 wedding. It has been announced that the Tiara was given as a wedding gift to the Princess at the time of the wedding.
Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara
Originating from Crown Princess Margaret of Sweden, the Aquamarine Kokoshnik and brooch were left to her eldest son, who gave it as a wedding gift to his wife in 1932. Worn frequently during her marriage and widowhood, the Tiara was given as a wedding gift to her eldest daughter, Princess Margretha, in 1964, and was also worn by her daughter at her 1998 wedding. Remaining unworn from public view for a few years, the tiara was thought to have been sold, until it was worn by Princess Margretha at the 2010 wedding of Crown Princess Victoria. Since then, the Aquamarine Kokoshnik has also been worn by her sister, Princess Christina, and niece, Princess Madeleine.
Princess Sofia’s Emerald and Diamond Tiara
A wedding gift to Princess Sofia from King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia when she married their son, Prince Carl Phillip, in 2015, the Tiara was reportedly modified from a necklace given to the Queen from a Thai Prince. Worn to all of her earlier tiara events, the piece has remained unworn recently, as Princess Sofia wears more Tiaras from the Family Foundation.
Cut Steel Bandeau
Originating from the same collection as the Napoleonic Cut-Steel Tiara, the Cut Steel Bandeau was first seen on Crown Princess Victoria in 2012. Since then, the piece has been worn a couple of times, most recently by Princess Sofia at the Nobel Prize last December, and an Official Dinner last month.
King Edward VII Ruby Tiara
Another wedding gift to Margaret of Connaught, this time from her uncle and aunt, King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom, the ruby tiara and necklace were left to her Prince Sigvard, who lost his title when he married a commoner. At some point, he sold/gave the piece to his father, which caused a lot of controversy, and was left to Sigvard’s son Michael, who sold it King Carl XVI Gustaf. However, despite the King and Queen loaning the piece to his third wife, Sigvard still objected to the legality of the transaction, and openly protested when the Tiara was worn, causing it to be put away for a long time, and only worn after his death. While it is not a favourite of Queen Silvia, the Edward VII Ruby Tiara was worn quite often in the late 2000s, and the early 2010s.
Said to include buttons which adorned the crown of King Carl XIV Johan at his Coronation in 1818, the Six-Button Tiara was reportedly commissioned for Princess Lilian. Worn by other royal ladies, the piece has been worn by Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Madeline, but is most likely to be seen on the King’s sister, Princess Christina, who personal tiara got stolen and thrown into a river.
Made in the 1960s, for the use of King Car Gustaf’s four sisters, the Four-Button Tiara was worn by the more minor members of the Royal Family, but have also been worn by Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Madeleine, and most recently, Princess Sofia.