27 August 2020

Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Marianne's Diamond vs Floral Birthday

This one's a diamond showdown!

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Countess Marianne's Diamond Tiara vs. Princess Benedikte's Floral Birthday Tiara

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Countess Marianne's Diamond Tiara

This petite diamond and pearl scroll tiara belongs to Countess Marianne Bernadotte, an aunt of both King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. The tiara, which features a fleur-de-lis element at its peak, is reportedly Marianne's personal property -- perhaps from the family of her first husband, Gabriel Tchang. Today, Marianne wears it occasionally for Swedish royal family events, including the wedding of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia in 2015.

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This classic diamond floral tiara was made using a brooch that belonged to Queen Alexandrine of Denmark. In the 1960s, Queen Ingrid had the brooch supplemented with additional gemstones to form an eighteenth-birthday-gift tiara for her second daughter, Princess Benedikte. (The brooch is also still detachable.) Benedikte has worn the tiara throughout her life, and she's also loaned it to her daughters, Princess Alexandra and Princess Nathalie.

One more tiara vote is coming up next!