19 August 2020

Scandinavian Sparkler Spectacular: Maud's Diamond vs Maud's Pearl


It's a Queen Maud tiara battle!



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Queen Maud's Diamond Tiara vs. Queen Maud's Pearl Tiara


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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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.




Another royal necklace is on the way next, and then more tiara voting!