26 September 2018

Swedish Opening of Parliament Jewels 2018

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On Tuesday, the Swedish royal family gathered for the annual opening of parliament at the Riksdag in Stockholm, and all three royal women present brought along jewels set with diamonds and/or pearls.




Princess Sibylla attends the state opening of parliament, 1957 (Image licensed to The Court Jeweller; do not reproduce)

The state opening of parliament used to be a much more elaborate event in Sweden, with the royal women wearing gala jewels and full court dress. For example, the image above shows Princess Sibylla on her way to the state opening, wearing the Connaught Diamond Tiara and the Bernadotte emeralds. The event was changed in the 1970s, becoming a much simpler occasion. (You can see more of the old-school style in our post here.)


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The gala jewels and gowns are gone, but the black-and-white color scheme has remained for the Bernadotte women. Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, and Princess Sofia were all present this year.


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Befitting her status as queen consort, Silvia's jewels were the grandest. She paired classic diamond and pearl drop earrings with a pearl necklace and a brooch featuring a large diamond and pearl cluster and a pearl drop.


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Crown Princess Victoria also wore diamonds and pearls for the occasion.


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She chose her diamond and pearl cluster stud earrings from Kreuger, a gorgeous diamond rose brooch, and a necklace with a horseshoe charm.


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Sofia went even more minimal with her jewelry, wearing her petite diamond hoop earring with her black-and-white ensemble.