12 November 2020

Diamond Tiara Tournament: Queen Sofia vs Anne's Festoon

 

This contest matches up festive tiaras from Sweden and Britain!


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Queen Sofia's Tiara vs. Princess Anne's Festoon Tiara


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This unique diamond sparkler, which is also sometimes called "the Nine-Prong Tiara," originally belonged to Sofia of Nassau, the wife of King Oscar II of Sweden. The tiara is reportedly a very difficult piece to wear, as it is heavy and inflexible with a rigid base, but it has become one of Queen Silvia's favorite tiaras. She even selected it for the wedding of her younger daughter, Princess Madeleine, in 2013, and she often chooses it for the annual Nobel Prize ceremony and banquet.


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This delicate diamond festoon tiara was given to the Princess Royal in 1973 when she christened a ship. (Not a bad thank-you present!) It's intricate and pretty, which made it a perfect wedding tiara for Anne's daughter-in-law in 2008.