|The Dutch Laurel Wreath Tiara (Photo: Jacopo Raule/Getty Images)|
The laurel wreath tiara is one of the oldest pieces in the Dutch collection, but there are two competing theories about its arrival in the family’s vaults. One posits that the tiara originally belonged to Princess Louise of Orange-Nassau, the sister of King Willem I of the Netherlands. Princess Louise died in the early nineteenth century, which would be just about right for the presumed creation date of the tiara. (Laurel wreaths were especially in vogue during the Empire period in France, an aesthetic that looked back to ancient Greece and Rome.)
|Princess Christina wears the tiara (Photo: Michel Porro/Getty Images)|
|Princess Carolina wears the tiara (Photo: CLAUDIO GIOVANNINI/AFP/GettyImages)|
Note: This is an updated version of an earlier post, with new text and images.