Today marks the 65th Anniversary of the Death of Crown Princess Märtha of Norway, the mother of King Harald, who tragically died of cancer on this day in 1954. While the Norwegian Emerald Parure is probably is most well known contribution to the royal vault, today we are featuring a piece that was made for her but never worn, and is now seen on Crown Princess Mette Marit.
In March 1954, Crown Prince Olav selected this pair of diamond chandelier earrings as a present for his wife, Crown Princess Märtha, on the occasion of their Silver Wedding Anniversary, for which a series of lavish events were scheduled. However, just a few days before, she was admitted into hospital, and the celebrations were cancelled. Just a few days later, she passed away in hospital, with the earrings, and her gown, remaining unworn. A few decades later, the Silver Wedding Earrings came into the procession of her daughter-in-law, Crown Princess (now Queen) Sonja, who usually wore them with the Vifte Tiara, and most notably at the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1997.
Queen Sonja also loaned Crown Princess Märtha’s Silver Wedding Earrings to her daughter, Princess Märtha Louise, who paired them with the Maltese Circlet Tiara for a State Banquet and also wore them at Infanta Elena’s pre-wedding Gala.
In 2001, King Harald and Queen Sonja gifted Crown Princess Märtha’s Silver Wedding Earrings to their daughter-in-law, Crown Princess Mette Marit, who first wore them on the eve of her wedding, with the Vifte Tiara as a necklace. Since then, the Chandelier Earrings have been regularly worn, quite often with the Diamond Daisy Bandeau, and remain staples in the Crown Princess’ jewellery box. There is no doubt we will continue to see them for years to come.