24 November 2020

Diamond Tiara Tournament: Queen Josefina vs Dutch Star


Will it be the empire-era diamonds or the remixed stars?

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Queen Josefina's Diamond Tiara vs. The Dutch Star Tiara

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One of the grandest and most intricate tiaras in the Norwegian royal vaults, this early nineteenth-century sparkler first belonged to Queen Josefina of Sweden and Norway, a granddaughter of Empress Josephine. The tiara took an interesting path to Norway: Queen Josefina left it to her granddaughter, Queen Lovisa of Denmark, who willed it to her son, Prince Gustav. In turn, he bequeathed the tiara to his niece, Crown Princess Martha of Norway. Today, it is worn exclusively by Queen Sonja.

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This Dutch royal sparkler was made by combining the base of the family's Pearl Button Tiara with five of Queen Emma's diamond stars. Queen Maxima debuted the tiara on her wedding day in 2002, and she's been the primary wearer of it in the years since. You will occasionally spot it on other members of the family, too, including Princess Beatrix and Princess Margriet.