As we wind down our salute to our Magpie of the Month, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, let’s take a look at one of the smaller sparklers in her collection. The Baden Palmette Tiara, an heirloom with a long history, is a petite diadem that still packs a big, sparkly punch.
The tiara is originally a German piece, made in the mid-nineteenth century by Koch. It was a wedding gift from King Wilhelm of Prussia (who later became the first German kaiser) to his daughter, Princess Louise, who married Grand Duke Frederick of Baden in 1856.
Queen Ingrid died in 2000, and her impressive jewel collection has filtered through the royal and princely families of Denmark, Greece, and Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg. Queen Margrethe was the lucky inheritor of this lovely tiara, and she wears it often. As it’s a rather romantic tiara, with its heart-shaped palmette motifs, she often dons it for romantic occasions, like the weddings of both Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Martha Louise of Norway (where she’s pictured above, with a young Queen Maxima of the Netherlands). It’s easy to see why the sparkler is one of Daisy’s favorites: it’s elegant, playful, and (most importantly for a tiara) small and therefore likely quite comfortable .
NOTES, PHOTO CREDITS, AND LINKS
1. A version of this post originally appeared at A Tiara a Day in February 2013.