Princess Ingeborg’s Boucheron Pearl Circle Tiara

Today marks the Anniversary of the birth of Princess Ingeborg of Sweden and Denmark, who was the mother of Queen Astrid of BelgiumCrown Princess Martha of Norway, and Princess Margaretha of Denmark and is the grandmother and great-grandmother of King Harald V of NorwayKing Philippe of Belgium, and Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg. To mark her birthday, we are featuring her Princess Ingeborg’s Boucheron Circle Tiara-

Made by Boucheron, this Diamond Circle Tiara was displayed at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900, where it was bought by Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland and given to his wife, Princess Ingeborg, who later added the three pearl elements.

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After she gave her grand Emerald Parure to her daughter, Crown Princess Martha of Norway, during the Second World War, the Boucheron Circle Tiara became Princess Ingeborg’s most worn piece, appearing at the Dutch State Visit to Sweden in 1946, the Danish State Banquet at the Royal Palace of Stockholm in 1947, King Gustav V’s 90th Birthday in 1948, King Haakon’s 80th Birthday in 1952, and King Harald’s 21st Birthday in 1957, just a few weeks before she passed away.

Princess Ingeborg also loaned the Tiara to her daughters, Princess Margretha of Denmark for a portrait and Crown Princess Märtha of Norway for a tour of the United States, though it wasn’t as frequently loaned as her Turquoise Star Tiara. In 1947, the Tiara was worn by Princess Margaret of Bourbon-Parma for the Wedding Ball of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark in 1947.

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However, Princess Ingeborg’s Boucheron Pearl Circle Tiara was inherited by her granddaughter, Princess Ragnhild of Norway, after her death in 1958, and became one of Princess Ragnhild’s most worn pieces, notably worn for the weddings of King Harald and Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, and Princess Märtha Louise. After her death in 2012, this Tiara was inherited by her children, Haakon, Ingeborg, and Ragnhild Lorentzen, though has not yet been worn by them at Norwegian Royal events. With Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s Confirmation Gala coming up later this month, let’s hope to see the Boucheron Pearl Circle Tiara worn again soon.

UPDATE: The Norwegian Royal Court has released new images of Princess Ingrid Alexandra wearing Princess Ingeborg’s Boucheron Pearl Circle Tiara with the Order of St. Olav and the Royal Family Order of King Harald V of Norway, which she will wear for her 18th Birthday Banquet at the Royal Palace of Oslo, along with a gown worn by her mother to the British State Banquet in 2001. The Tiara was given as a gift from the Lorentzen Family, with Princess Astrid saying:

“It means a great deal to me that the tiara has now been given to Princess Ingrid Alexandra. Princess Ragnhild wanted her to have Grandmother’s tiara”

Princess Ingrid Alexandra wore Princess Ingeborg’s Boucheron Pearl Circle Tiara for her 18th Birthday Banquet at the Royal Palace of Oslo!



18 thoughts on “Princess Ingeborg’s Boucheron Pearl Circle Tiara

  1. It is really sad that Princess Ragnhild was the one who inherited this piece. Along with Queen Maud’s Diamond tiara, the Boucheron was an important piece that shouldn’t have left the main line. After her marriage, Princess Ragnhild pretty much retired from royal life and attended only family events like weddings. By taking these two tiaras with her to Brazil, it left Norway’s jewel vault very poor indeed. Her sister Princess Astrid, who has been the stay and support of her brother all her life, should have had these pieces at her disposal. Instead she got a couple of aigrettes (that look like antennae), the Burger King tiara, Queen Alexandra’s Turquoise tiara, and the Vasa. Norway’s royal family has had to purchase or commission new tiaras because they don’t have enough to go around. That’s how Queen Sonja’s modern Wonder Woman tiara came to be as well as the Amethyst Parure and CP Mette-Marit’s diminutive wedding tiara. If they’re not going to establish a jewel foundation like Sweden or the Netherlands, they should at least designate the important pieces as royal heirlooms like the British and the Spanish have done. That way those important and historical pieces won’t end up in the auction block like this one probably will. I guess being the eldest worked in Princess Ragnhild’s favor as she got the lion’s share of the jewelry. Even though she passed away in 2012, nobody knows how she left her jewels, so we’ll just have to wait and see-and hope-that she left these to the main line.

  2. I agree. But, the Lorentzen family is one of the most wealthy «royals» so do they really need to sell these jewels? Ragnhild had a large collection of pearl necklaces, diamond rivieres and brooches too. Some of it of royal origin and a lot private gifts from her rich husband. Unfortunately, they do not really attend royal events in Norway any longer. Her oldest daughter seem to not be feminine (bad style) and her youngest dauhter is never in Norway. Don’t know that much about her son’s wife. They say the diamond tiara is the property of the king. But who really knows…

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