15 March 2021

Floral Tiara Tournament: Douglas vs Dagmar

It's time for the first contest of our blossom bracket!

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The Douglas Floral Tiara vs. Princess Dagmar's Floral Tiara

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This diamond daisy tiara was made in nineteenth-century France. Today, it belongs to Countess Elisabeth Douglas, who married Prince Max, Duke in Bavaria in 1967. Although the title sounds Scottish, the family is actually Swedish nobility. Elisabeth's floral tiara has become something of an official wedding tiara for her descendants. Four of her daughters—Sophie, Marie-Caroline, Elisabeth, and Maria-Anna—have borrowed the tiara from their mother and used it as a bridal diadem. You'll recognize Sophie's name, as she's currently the Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein.

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This detailed diamond floral tiara originally belonged to Princess Dagmar of Denmark, a sister of King Christian X (and King Haakon VII of Norway). The tiara was later passed on to Queen Margrethe II, who offered it as a long-term loan to her daughter-in-law, Princess Marie, in 2008. Since then, it has been Marie's primary tiara, worn for all sorts of gala occasions.