Happy (belated) birthday to Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, who celebrated her 41st birthday yesterday! Mette-Marit, the commoner who found love with her country's future king, has been a part of the Norwegian royal family for thirteen years, and in that time, she's had a chance to attend quite a lot of glittering events. Today, we're looking at the jewels she's worn at gala occasions over the years. Enjoy!
24 August 2001: Pre-Wedding Gala at Akershus
On the night before her wedding, Mette-Marit wore major Norwegian heirloom jewels. Queen Maud's Vifte Tiara, given to her by Queen Victoria as an eighteenth-birthday present, is worn here as a necklace. Her diamond chandelier earrings also have a sentimental family link. They were King Olav's silver wedding anniversary present to his wife, Crown Princess Märtha -- but sadly, Märtha died before she could wear them. King Harald and Queen Sonja gave the earrings to Mette-Marit as a wedding present.
25 August 2001: Royal Wedding
Mette-Marit became a crown princess when she married Haakon of Norway. Her bridal look was classic Nordic cool, with a low-profile wedding tiara and minimal jewelry. The Edwardian-era tiara was a gift from King Harald and Queen Sonja, who reportedly purchased it from Garrards in London; it may or may not be the same tiara worn by Cate Blanchett in the film An Ideal Husband. Her diamond and ruby engagement ring has a longer royal history: it is the same ring that was given to Crown Princess Märtha by King Olav, and to Queen Sonja by King Harald.
23 May 2002: Norwegian Pre-Wedding Gala
Pearls for the gala held the night before the wedding of her sister-in-law, Princess Märtha Louise; I believe the necklace and bracelet were wedding gifts from Crown Prince Haakon.
24 May 2002: Wedding of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway
A few months after her own royal wedding, Mette-Marit went for the full princess look at her sister-in-law's wedding, wearing her wedding tiara, Crown Princess Märtha's silver wedding earrings, a diamond bracelet, the Order of St. Olav, and a whole lot of tulle.
13 May 2004: Danish Pre-Wedding Gala
Mette-Marit wore her mother-in-law's amethyst parure and the Order of St. Olav for the gala performance held the night before the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
14 May 2004: Wedding of Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark
For the wedding of her Danish counterparts, Mette-Marit wore her wedding tiara, Crown Princess Märtha's silver wedding earrings, and the Order of St. Olav.
27 June 2004: Official Visit to Iceland
Mette-Marit wore Crown Princess Märtha's silver wedding earrings for a dinner with the Icelandic president.
23 November 2004: Official Visit to Thailand
Colorful earrings (set with aquamarines and amethysts?) for a reception at the ambassador's residence.
05 February 2005: Centenary of Norway's Independence
Crown Princess Märtha's silver wedding earrings got another outing during the celebrations of a hundred years of Norwegian independence.
25 October 2005: State Visit to the United Kingdom
Mette-Marit borrowed Queen Sonja's amethysts for a state banquet at Buckingham Palace, plus Harald V's family order and the Order of St. Olav.
26 October 2005: State Visit to the United Kingdom
For a banquet at the Guildhall, Mette-Marit wore her diamond wedding tiara and Crown Princess Märtha's silver wedding earrings; she also wore the family order of her father-in-law, King Harald V, and the Order of St. Olav.
30 April 2006: 60th Birthday of King Carl XVI Gustaf
To celebrate the 60th birthday of the Swedish king, Mette-Marit wore her wedding tiara and Crown Princess Märtha's silver wedding earrings. (It looks like she's also secured the sash of her order with a brooch from Queen Sonja's amethyst parure.) She also wore a Swedish order, the Order of the Polar Star, and three small medals: the Order of St. Olav, the Royal House Centenary Medal, and the Olav V Centenary Medal.
13 June 2006: 60th Anniversary of Thailand's King
Queen Sonja's amethysts, the Order of St. Olav, and King Harald's family order were Mette-Marit's choices for a banquet in honor of the Thai king.
23 February 2007: 70th Birthday of King Harald V
Dramatic pendant earrings for a gala concert in Oslo in honor of her father-in-law's birthday.
24 February 2007: 70th Birthday of King Harald V
Full white-tie attire for a ball at the Royal Palace -- Mette-Marit wore her wedding tiara, Crown Princess Märtha's silver wedding earrings, a diamond bracelet, the Order of St. Olav, and her father-in-law's family order.
24 May 2008: Wedding of Prince Joachim of Denmark
Mette-Marit wore her own wedding tiara to the Danish royal wedding, along with Crown Princess Märtha's silver wedding earrings, King Harald's family order, the Order of St. Olav, and a petite diamond and pearl brooch used to secure her order sash.
15 April 2010: 70th Birthday of Queen Margrethe II
Mette-Marit wore her mother-in-law's amethysts, her father-in-law's family order, and the Order of St. Olav at the gala in honor of the 70th birthday of the Danish queen.
18 June 2010: Swedish Pre-Wedding Gala
Mette-Marit added glitter to her pink gown for this black-tie theater gala in the form of diamond and ruby pendant earrings. The earrings can be worn at various lengths and with various pendant stones, including various pearls.
19 June 2010: Wedding of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden
An exciting tiara debut for Mette-Marit at the Swedish royal wedding: for the first time, she wore the smaller version of (the recreation of) Queen Maud's pearl tiara. Her brooch is also an heirloom from Maud's collection -- like the tiara, it was one of her wedding gifts in 1896. Mette-Marit's also wearing diamond and pearl drop earrings (shorter versions of the same earrings she wore the evening before), a pair of diamond bracelets, and the sash and star of the Order of the Polar Star. She also appears to be wearing the star of her Norwegian order, the Order of St. Olav.
15 January 2012: Queen Margrethe II's Ruby Jubilee
To celebrate 40 years of the Danish queen's reign, Mette-Marit chose a familiar pairing -- her wedding tiara and Crown Princess Märtha's earrings -- plus King Harald's family order, and the Order of St. Olav. She also added a gorgeous geometric brooch to secure her order sash.
19 October 2012: Luxembourgish Pre-Wedding Gala
The night before the wedding of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg, Mette-Marit accessorized with her wedding tiara, a diamond bracelet, her father-in-law's family order, and a gorgeous smiling prince.
08 June 2013: Wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden
Queen Sonja's amethysts and Mette-Marit's Swedish order, the Order of the Polar Star, were the crown princess's choices in Stockholm.
10 June 2014: amfAR Gala in New York
Pendant earrings and a glittering diamond bracelets were Mette-Marit's adornment of choice for the amfAR Inspiration Gala.