21 July 2020

Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Maud's Diamond vs Martha's Bandeau

This one's a battle of the brilliants!

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Queen Maud's Diamond Tiara vs. Crown Princess Martha's Diamond Bandeau

Grand Ladies Site

This diamond sparkler was one of the wedding gifts that Queen Maud received when she married the future King Haakon VII of Norway in 1896. Originally, the piece featured an alternate turquoise setting, but now it is fixed as an all-diamond tiara. Maud wore the tiara for the coronation of her parents, King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom, in 1902; she also wore it for the wedding of her son, the future King Olav, to Princess Martha of Sweden in 1929. The tiara most recently belonged to King Harald V's late sister, Princess Ragnhild, but rumor has it that it may have returned to the Norwegian royal vaults after her death in 2012.

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Crown Princess Martha's Diamond Bandeau

This geometric diamond bandeau can also be worn as a large bracelet. The piece was given to Crown Princess Martha of Norway by her uncle and aunt, King Gustaf V and Queen Victoria of Sweden, when she married the future King Olav V of Norway in 1929. Today, it belongs to Martha's daughter, Princess Astrid, who wears it very occasionally for gala events.

More tiaras coming your way this afternoon!