11 March 2021

Floral Tiara Tournament: Brabant Laurel vs Dutch Laurel



Which victory wreath will triumph in this contest?


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The Brabant Laurel Wreath Tiara vs. The Dutch Laurel Wreath Tiara


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This antique diamond laurel wreath tiara, made in England in 1912, was given to Queen Mathilde of the Belgians by a group of aristocrats as a wedding present in 1999. She has worn the lovely convertible jewel often over the last two decades, both as a tiara and a necklace.


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The Dutch royal vault is the home of this classic diamond laurel wreath tiara, which is inspired by the wreaths worn to represent victory and power in the ancient world. The small profile of the tiara has made it an excellent "starter" tiara for Dutch princesses, especially Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands. It's also become a popular wedding tiara for members of the family, having been worn by both Princess Laurentien and Princess Maria Carolina at their weddings.