14 December 2020

Diamond Tiara Tournament: Floral Birthday vs Crown Princely

Will it be the dazzling diamonds from Denmark or Japan?

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Princess Benedikte's Floral Birthday Tiara vs. The Japanese Crown Princely 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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Two Japanese crown princesses -- Empress Michiko and Empress Masako -- have worn this tiara on their wedding days. The impressive diamond scroll and ribbon tiara is part of a mirrored parure that includes a coordinating necklace. Today, the tiara is worn by Crown Princess Kiko.