At the state banquet in Norway this week, Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore a tiara that has been her signature piece of jewelry since her wedding day more than a decade ago: a delicate bandeau tiara featuring daisy designs studded with diamonds.
sparkler has never been made clear. Some think they may have bought the
piece from Garrard in London, but the family has never released any
information on the maker or the means by which it was acquired. (I have always seen a major resemblance between this tiara and another Scandinavian sparkler: Queen Margrethe’s turquoise bandeau.)
new in-laws, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway, in 2001. She wore the tiara on her wedding day, and although she’s worn two other tiaras since (the family’s amethyst tiara and their copy of Queen Maud’s pearl tiara), this is the tiara that she’s worn most frequently since then.
The bandeau is undoubtedly easier to
wear than most grand tiaras, so comfort is probably a factor, along with
sentimental wedding/family reasons. It would not surprise me even a
little bit, though, if this tiara is eventually passed along to her
daughter, Princess Ingrid Alexandra. It seems like a perfect first tiara
for a future queen.