11 December 2016

Nobel Banquet 2016: Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden

Crown Princess Victoria at the 2016 Nobel Banquet (Photo: SOREN ANDERSSON/AFP/Getty Images)

In my opinion, we've saved the very best Nobel jewels and gown for last! Here's a closer look at the inventive jewel pairing chosen by Crown Princess Victoria for the Nobels -- and that gown!




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Victoria wore the larger Napoleonic Cut-Steel Tiara, a piece she's worn with relative frequency over the years. The tiara combines gold with highly-polished steel, and it manages to sparkle without a single diamond. As the tiara's name suggests, it dates to the Napoleonic period, making it about two centuries old.


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Here's a side view of the tiara and Victoria's hairstyle...


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And here's the hair and the tiara from the back.


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Victoria chose to wear the tiara with pieces from another suite of jewels: the Cameo Parure. This set of gold, pearl, and cameo jewels dates to the same period as the Cut-Steel Tiara. Victoria famously wore the cameo parure, including the tiara, on her wedding day in 2010. Above, a good look at the necklace...


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And here, a nice view of the necklace's ornate diamond clasp.


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Victoria wore the earrings from the set, shown in detail above.


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She also wore the suite's bracelet on her left wrist. Also on that wrist: a delicate silver bracelet. You can also spot her engagement and wedding rings here.


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And she secured her Order of the Seraphim sash with the brooch from the set (which was possibly a later addition to the suite).


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She pinned the back of the sash to her gown using a diamond rosette brooch.


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Here's a good, detailed look at Victoria's family order badge, with its specific portrait and diamond frame.


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And now: the gown! The dress is a custom design from H&M, featuring golden embroidery on a light gray base -- gold and steel, just like the tiara. The piece was made using sustainable materials.


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Just one look won't do it justice; here's another angle from the Nobel ceremony, where you can really see the train.


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And one more of the back of the gown, just for fun!