21 July 2020

Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Maud's Pearl vs Sofia's Gold Bandeau

Two family heirlooms face off in this contest!

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Queen Maud's Pearl Tiara vs. Queen Sofia's Gold Bandeau

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The original version of this convertible diamond and pearl tiara was given to Queen Maud by her parents, King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom, when she married the future King Haakon VII of Norway in 1896. The tiara stayed with the family for almost a century, but in 1995, it was stolen after it was sent to Garrard's in London to be cleaned and never recovered. An exact replica was made, and that piece is now worn by Queen Sonja, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, and Princess Martha Louise.

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This golden bandeau and its coordinating jewels may look modern, but it dates back several royal generations. It belonged to Princess Pauline of Wurttemberg, the mother of Queen Sofia of Sweden. Now, the suite of semi-precious gems belongs to Princess Astrid, Sofia's great-granddaughter, who has worn the tiara, earrings, brooch, and bracelet for more than half a century.

More necklaces and tiaras coming your way next!