28 April 2014

Queen Margrethe's Baden Palmette Tiara

As we wind down our salute to our Magpie of the Month, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, let's take a look at one of the smaller sparklers in her collection. The Baden Palmette Tiara, an heirloom with a long history, is a petite diadem that still packs a big, sparkly punch.

The tiara is originally a German piece, made in the mid-nineteenth century by Koch. It was a wedding gift from King Wilhelm of Prussia (who later became the first German kaiser) to his daughter, Princess Louise, who married Grand Duke Frederick of Baden in 1856.

Frederick and Louise's daughter, Victoria, married King Gustaf V of Sweden in 1881. She brought the tiara with her to Stockholm (along with another rather familiar diadem, the Baden Fringe, which is generally worn today by Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden). When Victoria died in 1930, her granddaughter, Princess Ingrid, inherited the tiara, and when Ingrid married Frederik IX of Denmark five years later, she brought the tiara with her to her new country.

Queen Ingrid died in 2000, and her impressive jewel collection has filtered through the royal and princely families of Denmark, Greece, and Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg. Queen Margrethe was the lucky inheritor of this lovely tiara, and she wears it often. As it's a rather romantic tiara, with its heart-shaped palmette motifs, she often dons it for romantic occasions, like the weddings of both Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Martha Louise of Norway (where she's pictured above, with a young Queen Maxima of the Netherlands). It’s easy to see why the sparkler is one of Daisy's favorites: it’s elegant, playful, and (most importantly for a tiara) small and therefore likely quite comfortable [1].

1. A version of this post originally appeared at A Tiara a Day in February 2013.