10 August 2019

Queen Wilhelmina's Diamond Haircomb

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The Dutch royal tiara collection is full of enormous sparkling diadems, but the royal vaults also include more petite pieces. Today's tiara is a small (but mighty!) diamond haircomb that belonged to Queen Wilhelmina.




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Wilhelmina was, appropriately, the first recorded wearer of the comb; the photographic portrait above shows her wearing the piece around 1903. The piece is a delicate, petite diamond hair ornament featuring a dotted diamond base topped by small diamond clovers. At some point, it was placed in the family's jewelry foundation.


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Wilhelmina wore the piece for several decades, after which it was relegated to the depths of the family vaults. But in June 2010, then then-Princess Maxima surprised everyone during a pre-wedding gala for Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.


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For the gala, Maxima placed the comb at the back of her head, nestling it into a curly 'do. She paired the comb with a major pair of diamond statement earrings.


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Another view from the gala shows the petite comb sparkling away.


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And one more angle from the pre-wedding dinner allows a clearer view of the comb's placement.


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Three years later, Maxima brought out the comb again, this time during a state visit to Singapore. In January 2013, she wore the comb as a small tiara for a state banquet at Istana Palace. She paired the comb with the same diamond earrings from their previous outing, as well as a bracelet from her tutti frutti suite and another diamond bracelet from the family vaults.