08 September 2020

Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Floral Aigrette vs Pearl Poire

Will it be the floral diamonds or the pear-shaped pearls?

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The Danish Floral Aigrette vs. The Pearl Poire Tiara

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Some believe that this incredible, flexible floral ornament originally belonged to Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia, grandmother of King Frederik IX. We know for sure, though, that in the 1960s it belonged to a famous Danish-American tenor, Lauritz Melchior. He sold it to King Frederik in 1963, and it's been sparkling on the heads of Queen Ingrid and Queen Margrethe II ever since. Queen Margrethe is especially inventive in the ways she wears the three-sectioned tiara.

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One of the most important tiaras in the Danish royal collection, this sparkler came to Denmark via Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden. It was given to Princess Louise of Prussia when she married Prince Frederick of the Netherlands in 1825, and it was inherited in quick succession by her daughter, Queen Louise of Sweden and Norway, and her granddaughter, Queen Lovisa of Denmark. Lovisa brought the tiara to Copenhagen, where it has been worn by a succession of Danish queens: Queen Alexandrine, Queen Ingrid, and now Queen Margrethe II. It features a coordinating brooch and is often worn with a pearl necklace and earrings given to Lovisa by the Khedive of Egypt.

We've got a sparkling tiara and a dainty necklace coming up next!