03 August 2020

Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Khedive vs Gunnila's Aigrette

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The Khedive of Egypt Tiara vs. Countess Gunnila Bernadotte's Aigrette

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The diamond scroll tiara, made by Cartier, was Crown Princess Margareta of Sweden's wedding gift from Khedive Abbas II of Egypt. The gift was especially sentimental, because Margareta and her husband, the future King Gustaf VI Adolf, had fallen in love in Cairo. The lovely jewel was able to be worn as a traditional tiara, or taken off the frame and worn as a corsage ornament. When Margaret died, the tiara was inherited by her only daughter, Queen Ingrid of Denmark. All three of Ingrid's daughters, as well as three of her granddaughters, have worn the tiara on their wedding days. When Ingrid died in 2000, the tiara was bequeathed to her youngest daughter, the former Queen Anne-Marie of Greece. She continues to wear the jewel (and lend it to other family members) today.

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This French-made tiara, which features diamonds and pearls in a lily of the valley motif, comes from the Swedish aristocratic family of Gunnila Wachtmeister af Johannishus. The piece's association with royalty comes from Gunnila herself, who married Count Carl Johan Bernadotte, the son of King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden and his first wife, Princess Margaret of Connaught. Count Carl Johan was the uncle of two sovereigns, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Because of her husband's royal links, Countess Gunnila often attended royal functions, and she generally wore this tiara. After her death in 2016, the tiara was sold.

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