03 March 2021

Floral Tiara Tournament: Spanish Floral vs Floral Birthday

Two naturalistic floral sprays meet up in this competition!

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The Spanish Floral Tiara vs. Princess Benedikte's Floral Birthday Tiara

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This Spanish tiara has an important pedigree: it was a gift from King Alfonso XII to his wife, Queen Maria Cristina. The sparkler was sold when the family went into exile in the '30s, but it was later bought back by Franco and given as a wedding present to Queen Sofia. Today, the classic diamond floral tiara is one of Queen Letizia's signature pieces.

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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.