|Princess Marie wears Princess Dagmar's Floral Tiara (Photo: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)|
The tiara’s first wearer was also a Danish princess: Princess Dagmar of Denmark, the daughter of King Frederik VIII. Dagmar’s siblings included King Christian X of Denmark, King Haakon VI of Norway, and Princess Ingeborg of Sweden — so you know she needed a tiara for all sorts of royal events. Where and how Dagmar received her tiara is unclear. We also don’t know who made it, although it seems quite possible that the tiara is a twentieth-century piece. But we do know that Dagmar wore it into her old age — she was photographed in the piece at a wedding shortly before her death.
Even though Dagmar and her husband had five children, she bequeathed her tiara to her nephew, King Frederik IX, who passed it along to his daughter, Queen Margrethe II. Maybe Dagmar knew there would be more use for a tiara in the main line of the royal family? Dagmar’s husband was a commoner, so all of their children were born commoners, too.
|Princess Marie wears the tiara on her wedding day (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)|
|Princess Marie wears the tiara (Photo: Schiller Graphics/Getty Images)|
Note: This is an updated version of an earlier post, with new text/images.