Happy Birthday to Princess Maria Olympia of Greece and Denmark, who turns 25 today! The eldest grandchild of King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie and a goddaughter of the Prince of Wales, who studied photography at Parsons and has modelled for Dolce & Gabbana, Princess Maria Olympia is the only Greek Princess of her generation, and owns this spectacular Tiara, which is not a Royal Heirloom but a piece that comes from her wealthy maternal family!
Inspired by the Kokoshniks at the Russian Royal Court, notable examples of Fringe Tiaras are found in the British, Swedish, Danish, Thai, Monaco, Liechtenstein, Lesotho and Selangor Royal Collections, and while the provenance of this piece is unknown, it was likely created in the late 19th century. The Fringe Tiara was bought at Auction by Chantal Miller, the mother of Crown Princess Marie-Chantal, as a Christening Gift for Princess Maria Olympia in December 1996. While she was growing up, the Tiara was worn by her mother, Crown Princess Marie Chantal, who first wore the Tiara for the Gala Performance and Banquet to celebrate Queen Margrethe’s Silver Jubilee just the following month.
In 2004, Crown Princess Marie Chantal wore the Fringe Tiara for the Pre-Wedding Gala of Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, the cousin of Crown Prince Pavlos, and two years later, the Miller Fringe Tiara was worn for King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden’s 60th Birthday Banquet.
Crown Princess Marie Chantal wore the Fringe Tiara for a Queen Margrethe’s Ruby Jubilee Gala Gala Performance in January 2012, and later that year, the Tiara was worn for the Wedding Gala of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg and Countess Stephanie de Lannoy.
In 2013, Crown Princess Marie Chantal wore the Miller Fringe Tiara for the Wedding of Princess Madeline of Sweden, and four years later, Crown Princess Marie Chantal wore the Fringe Tiara for likely the last time King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway’s 80th Birthday Banquet.
While Princess Maria Olympia could have worn the Fringe Tiara after she turned 18 in 2014, it took a few years for her to attend a Gala event, and it was only in 2018, when she first for the Miller Fringe Tiara at Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark’s 50th Birthday Gala Dinner at Christiansborg Palace. While we missed an appearance at Queen Margrethe’s cancelled 80th Birthday celebrations, there is no doubt we will continue to see this tiara for years to come!
UPDATE: Princess Maria Olympia wore the Fringe Tiara for Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s 18th Birthday Banquet at the Royal Palace of Oslo in 2022.