18 June 2020

The Top Ten: Tiaras at Crown Princess Victoria's Wedding (#4)

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Our countdown of the best tiara moments from Crown Princess Victoria's royal wedding arrives at a perhaps controversial pick: the diamonds and pearls worn by Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway!



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The wedding marked Mette-Marit's debut in a major Norwegian royal tiara: Queen Maud's Pearl Tiara. She wore the smaller setting of the diadem, which was made as an exact replica of the original after it was stolen in the 1990s.


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Mette-Marit wore the tiara tipped back slightly, creating an irregular halo of diamonds and pearls around her face. I know many of our readers dislike tiaras worn this way, but for me, the placement really worked on this particular occasion.


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I also didn't mind the haphazard arrangement of the pearls themselves -- I thought the "messier" mode for the tiara worked beautifully with Mette-Marit's hairstyle.


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With the tiara, Mette-Marit also wore additional diamond and pearl jewels, including pearl drop earrings, a pearl ring (the same one, I believe, worn by her mother-in-law at the previous evening's gala), and a very important family brooch.


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This is the Drapers' Company Brooch, which was one of Queen Maud's wedding gifts back in 1896. The diamond and pearl brooch is often worn with the diamond and pearl tiara, almost as a sort of married parure.


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Mette-Marit finished off her jewelry ensemble with a gorgeous diamond brooch on her right wrist.


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Here's one more view of the bracelet -- and you'll also note another ring peeking out here.


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Here's a look at Mette-Marit's entire ensemble for the wedding. While lots of outfits from this particular occasion were memorable, this one ended up having a pretty big cultural impact: it's rumored to have been an inspiration for Disney's Princess Elsa from Frozen! You're welcome, parents around the world.