02 March 2021

Floral Tiara Tournament: Hanoverian Floral vs Braganza

It's time for our first contest of the Floral Tiara Tournament!

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The Hanoverian Floral Tiara vs. The Braganza Tiara

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This elaborate diamond tiara is made to resemble a floral spray, complete with blossoms, leaves, and berries. It has belonged to the former royal family of Hanover for at least two generations. Princess Caroline of Monaco wore the piece on at least one occasion early in her marriage to Prince Ernst August. In recent years, it has been worn as a wedding tiara by two Hanoverian brides.

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Also known as the Brazilian Tiara, this grand diadem was originally made in France using diamonds that belonged to the Brazilian imperial family. It was originally worn by Princess Amelie of Leuchtenberg, the second wife of Emperor Pedro I of Brazil. In 1873, it arrived in Stockholm when Empress Amelie bequeathed it to her sister, Queen Josefina of Sweden. Queen Silvia, who is half Brazilian, selected this tiara for her first formal portrait as queen. She also wore it at the wedding of her daughter, Crown Princess Victoria, in 2010.