The Tiarapedia: Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

Below is a list of the tiaras worn by the women of the Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg branch of the Danish royal family; it includes only the tiaras currently worn by the family, not historical tiaras or tiaras whose ownership is currently uncertain. Click on the title of the tiara to be taken to pages with fuller histories, large images, and much more information. Enjoy!

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The Bernstorff-Gyldensteen Floral Tiara: A classic diamond tiara featuring large flowers that can be removed and worn separately as brooches. From the collection of the Bernstorff-Gyldensteen family. Loaned by the family on one occasion to Carina Axelsson.

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Princess Benedikte's Floral Birthday Tiara: A classic, intricate diamond floral tiara with a large central brilliant that can be exchanged for an emerald center stone, able to be broken down and worn as brooches. Made in the 1960s using a series of three brooches (the central floral brooch came from the collection of Queen Alexandrine, while the brooches on either side, originally one larger brooch that was divided in two, were presented to Princess Benedikte as a confirmation gift by her parents in 1959) and a large brilliant left over from the creation of her sister's Antique Corsage Tiara. Worn by Princess Benedikte, Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, and Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.

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Queen Sofia's Star and Pearl Tiara: A delicate, unusual tiara featuring alternating diamond stars and upright pear-shaped pearl ornaments on a slender diamond festoon and floral base. Presented to Queen Sofia of Sweden as a wedding gift by her brother, the future Grand Duke Adolphe of Luxembourg, in 1857. Bequeathed in 1913 to Queen Victoria of Sweden, and inherited in 1930 by Queen Ingrid of Denmark. Inherited in 2000 by Princess Benedikte. Worn by Queen Sofia of Sweden, Queen Ingrid of Denmark, Princess Benedikte, Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, Princess Margaretha of Denmark, Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, and Carina Axelsson.

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The Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg Diamond Spike Tiara: A tiara of diamond spikes, topped with round brilliants, interspersed with smaller round brilliants and set atop a base of diamond scrolls with suspended diamonds. Worn by Carina Axelsson.


The Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg Fringe Tiara: An imposing diamond tiara featuring large fringe sections interspersed by much shorter, smaller spikes, able to be converted for wear as a necklace. Made by Koch in 1905 for Princess Madeleine of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg. Bequeathed to her grandson, Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, in 1976. Worn by Princess Madeleine and Princess Benedikte.