17 September 2020

Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Floral Birthday vs Louise's Diamond

Our final match-up of our Sparkling Sixteen round is a diamond dazzler!

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Princess Benedikte's Floral Birthday Tiara vs. Queen Louise's Diamond Tiara

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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.

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This petite diamond scroll tiara belonged to Queen Louise, the second wife of King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden. She fashionably wore the tiara across her forehead in the 1920s. Later in life, she often loaned the small tiara to her husband's granddaughters: Princess Margaretha, Princess Birgitta, Princess Désirée, and Princess Christina of Sweden. In 1964, the tiara was given to Princess Désirée, likely as a wedding present. She continues to own the tiara today.

We'll have all the results from this week's polls -- plus two very glittering surprise posts -- coming up this weekend!