06 November 2020

Diamond Tiara Tournament: Floral Aigrette vs Grace's Diamond


Our final contest of the week features tiaras from Denmark and Monaco!

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The Danish Floral Aigrette vs. Princess Grace's Diamond 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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This understated tiara features more than two hundred diamonds in its festoon design. Worn by Princess Grace of Monaco throughout her life, the tiara popped up often at galas and state dinners. It may even have been the one worn by Princess Caroline on the eve of her first wedding. Today, the tiara is still part of the Monegasque princely jewelry collection.

Stay tuned -- we'll have the results of this week's votes on Sunday (and more sparkle in the meantime!)