Today marks the Anniversary of the birth of Princess Ingeborg of Sweden and Denmark, who was the mother of Queen Astrid of Belgium, Crown Princess Martha of Norway, and Princess Margaretha of Denmark and is the grandmother and great-grandmother of King Harald V of Norway, King 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.
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.
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!