19 August 2015

All My Tiaras: Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway

Happy birthday to our Magpie of the Month, Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway! To celebrate, we're taking a look at every tiara that M-M has worn in public since she married Norway's hunky Crown Prince Haakon. Which sparklers are your favorite, and which Norwegian pieces do you hope Mette-Marit will debut next?

Queen Maud's Vifte Tiara

This petite fan-shaped diamond necklace/tiara (the word vifte means "fan" in Norwegian) was Queen Maud's eighteenth-birthday present from her grandmother, Queen Victoria. (The eighteenth-birthday gift tiara has become a tradition in Scandinavia -- see more over here!) Mette-Marit wore the tiny tiara as a necklace for the first time at her pre-wedding gala in 2001. Her diamond chandelier earrings, also Norwegian heirlooms, coordinate nicely with the piece.

The Diamond Daisy Bandeau

Mette-Marit's wedding tiara, a bandeau of small diamond daisies, was a gift from her parents-in-law. Since her wedding day, it's become her most-worn tiara, worn both traditionally and more like a headband.

The Norwegian Amethyst Parure Tiara

There are conflicting reports about whether or not Mette-Marit actually owns this parure of amethyst jewels -- a magazine reported that Sonja gifted the set to Mette-Marit, possibly to mark the birth of Princess Ingrid Alexandra. She's been wearing the convertible necklace from the set as a tiara in public since (I think) 2004.

Queen Maud's Pearl Tiara (Small Setting)

The grandest Norwegian sparkler to grace Mette-Marit's head so far is Queen Maud's Pearl Tiara -- or, rather, the replica version made after the original tiara was stolen in the 1990s. She wore the small version of the diamond and pearl tiara at Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden's wedding in 2010.

Which Norwegian tiara would you like to see Mette-Marit wear next?