05 July 2019

Two Decades of Royal Wedding Jewels (Part 1)


To celebrate my wedding weekend, I've got a bit of a tiara bonanza for you: a two-part flashback to some of the many royal wedding tiaras and jewels worn over the past two decades. Today's post covers the first half, and the second will be up tomorrow morning. Enjoy!


Sophie Rhys-Jones

For her wedding to the Earl of Wessex on June 19, 1999, Sophie wore a diamond tiara given to her by the Queen and a set of pearls designed for her by the groom. (The wedding tiara was recently revamped.) Edward and Sophie recently celebrated their twentieth wedding anniversary. They have two children, Louise and James.


Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark

Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark wore the family's traditional bridal diadem, the Khedive of Egypt Tiara, with diamond earrings for her wedding to Carlos Morales Quintana in London on July 9, 1999. The couple welcomed four children (Arrietta, Ana Maria, Carlos, and Amelia) in the twenty years that followed.


Mathilde d'Udekem d'Acoz

Belgian aristocrat Mathilde d'Udekem d'Acoz borrowed Queen Elisabeth's Art Deco Bandeau from her new mother-in-law, Queen Paola, for her wedding to the Duke of Brabant in Brussels on December 4, 1999. She paired the tiara with diamond and pearl drop earrings. The couple now reign as King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians, and they have four children, Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel, and Princess Eleonore.

Angela Brown

On January 29, 2000, fashion designer Angela Brown wore the Kinsky Honeysuckle Tiara for her wedding to Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein in New York. The sparkler was a loan from her new mother-in-law, Princess Marie Aglae. The couple have one son, Prince Alfons.

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Laurentien Brinkhorst

On May 19, 2001, Laurentien Brinkhorst married Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands in The Hague. For the ceremony, she wore the Dutch Laurel Wreath Tiara, part of the royal family's jewelry foundation. The couple now have three children, Eloise, Claus-Casimir, and Leonore.

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Mette-Marit Tjessem Hoiby

Mette-Marit Tjessem Hoiby was the epitome of Nordic chic when she married Crown Prince Haakon of Norway in Oslo on August 25, 2001. She wore the Diamond Daisy Bandeau, an Edwardian-era tiara given to her by her new parents-in-law, King Harald V and Queen Sonja. The couple have three children, Marius Borg Hoiby, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, and Prince Sverre Magnus.

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Maxima Zorreguieta Cerruti

Maxima Zorreguieta Cerruti wore diamonds, including the Dutch Star Tiara, for her wedding to the Prince of Orange in Amsterdam on February 2, 2002. The tiara is part of the Dutch royal family's extensive jewelry foundation. The couple now reign as King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, and they have three daughters, Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Alexia, and Princess Ariane.

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Princess Martha Louise of Norway

Princess Martha Louise of Norway wore the small setting of (the replica of) Queen Maud's Pearl Tiara for her wedding to Ari Behn in Trondheim on May 24, 2002. She paired it with additional diamond and pearl jewels. The couple had three daughters, Maud, Leah, and Emma, before divorcing in 2017.

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Salma Bennani

This royal wedding was something of a first -- a royal consort had never received public recognition in Morocco until King Mohammed VI married Salma Bennani in 2001. For their marriage celebrations in Rabat on July 13, 2002, she wore diamonds, including a meander tiara. The couple had two children, Crown Prince Moulay Hassan and Princess Lalla Khadija, but in recent years, there have been unconfirmed reports that the couple have divorced, and Salma is now rarely seen in public.

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Claire Coombs

In Brussels on April 12, 2003, Claire Coombs wore diamonds and pearls as she married Prince Laurent of Belgium. Her diamond wedding tiara was a gift from her new parents-in-law, King Albert II and Queen Paola. The couple have three children together, Princess Louise, Prince Nicolas, and Prince Aymeric.

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Mabel Wisse Smit

Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau married Mabel Wisse Smit in Delft on April 24, 2004. For the wedding, Mabel borrowed a diamond tiara from the Dutch royal vaults. The couple had two daughters, Luana and Zaria, but Friso sadly died in 2013, a year after his tragic skiing accident.

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Mary Donaldson

On May 14, 2004, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark married Mary Donaldson in Copenhagen. For her wedding, Mary wore a diamond tiara that had been given to her by her new parents-in-law, Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik, as well as diamond and pearl earrings. The couple have since welcomed four children, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent, and Princess Josephine.


Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano

Journalist Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano wore diamonds for her wedding to the Prince of Asturias in Madrid on May 22, 2004. She borrowed the Prussian Tiara from her mother-in-law, Queen Sofia, pairing it with classic diamond earrings. The couple now reign as King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain, and they have two daughters, Infanta Leonor and Infanta Sofia.

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Princess Noor bint Assem of Jordan

Two lines of the Jordanian royal family came together when Prince Hamzah bin Hussein married Princess Noor bint Asem in 2003. For their marriage celebrations in Amman on May 27, 2004, Noor wore minimal jewelry but lots of lace. The couple had one daughter, Princess Haya, before divorcing in 2009.

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Camilla Parker Bowles

The Prince of Wales married his companion, Camilla Parker Bowles, in a pair of ceremonies in Windsor on April 9, 2005. The new Duchess of Cornwall wore a Prince of Wales Feather Brooch for the civil ceremony, but for the religious blessing, she donned a pair of diamond floral earrings inherited from her family. The couple will soon celebrate their fifteenth wedding anniversary.


Tessy Antony

Because she'd already given birth to their first child, Prince Gabriel, Tessy Antony's wedding to Prince Louis of Luxembourg was a subdued royal affair. The ceremony took place on September 29, 2006, in Gilsdorf, and Tessy wore diamonds and pearls for the occasion. The couple welcomed another son, Prince Noah, before divorcing in 2019.


Autumn Kelly

Peter Phillips became the first of Queen Elizabeth II's grandchildren to marry when he wed Autumn Kelly in Windsor on May 17, 2008. She borrowed his mother's diamond festoon tiara for the ceremony, pairing it with diamond and pearl jewels that she received from the groom. The couple now have two daughters, Savannah and Isla Elizabeth.


Marie Cavallier

Marie Cavallier became the second wife of Prince Joachim of Denmark when they married in Mogeltonder on May 24, 2008. She wore Princess Dagmar's Floral Tiara for the ceremony; the tiara is on long-term loan to her from her mother-in-law, Queen Margrethe II. She paired it with long diamond earrings from Genève. The couple has two children, Prince Henrik and Princess Athena, who joined Joachim's elder sons, Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix.

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Sophie Winkleman

Lord Frederick Windsor, son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, married actress Sophie Winkleman at Hampton Court Palace on September 12, 2009. For the ceremony, she wore pearl drop earrings and a sparkling hair ornament with a matching comb to secure her veil. The couple now have two daughters, Maud and Isabella.

Stay tuned tomorrow for part two of this post!