This week, the royal family of Sweden welcomed the President and First Lady of Germany to Stockholm for a state visit. And that, of course, means state banquet tiaras! Here’s a look at all the jewels from the first day of the German state visit to Sweden.
On Tuesday, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel went to the airport to greet President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife, First Lady Elke Büdenbender, on their arrival.
Victoria wore pearl drop earrings and a necklace with a horseshoe pendant for the official arrival. She also pinned one of the family’s diamond and pearl cluster and drop brooches to her jacket. It’s tough to say from this angle, but I think this might be the Swedish Floral Pearl Drop Brooch. If so, it’s a nice nod to her German guests, as the brooch was originally worn by Queen Victoria of Sweden (who was born a Princess of Baden).
King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden were waiting at the palace to welcome their guests. President Steinmeier and the King inspected a guard of honor during a welcoming ceremony at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. Note that, rather than the usual blue sash of the Order of the Seraphim, the King is wearing the red, black, and gold sash of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. He’s wearing the star of the German order as well, along with the Seraphim star.
The royal and presidential couples toured the city together in carriages as a part of the official welcome.
For the welcome ceremony, Queen Silvia wore a twisted necklace of pearls. She also wore her usual stacks of bracelets, plus a pair of pearl earrings with red beaded drops. The red color from the earrings coordinated with the red, black, and gold ribbon of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, which she pinned to her jacket.
The royals and their guests posed for formal pictures inside the Royal Palace. Like her mother, Crown Princess Victoria is wearing the miniature ribbon of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia joined the family inside the palace. Carl Philip is also wearing the sash and star of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany with his uniform, plus the star of the Order of the Seraphim.
Jewels, tiaras, and decorations were brought out for the state banquet held on Tuesday evening at the Royal Palace. All five of the members of the Swedish royal family in attendance (King Carl Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, and Prince Carl Philip) wore the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. President Steinmeier wore the Order of the Seraphim, and Ms. Büdenbender wore the Order of the Polar Star.
Queen Silvia’s jewelry was probably the most exciting sartorial part of the evening. With a green evening gown, she wore Queen Sofia’s Tiara and the Bernadotte Emeralds. For the first time, she wore a new pair of earrings that were created to coordinate with the existing emerald pieces.
The necklace has been shortened, and the two diamond and emerald clusters that were taken from it are now the pendants on this new pair of earrings. It’s wonderful to see the way that the family continues to innovate and develop this antique suite of jewels into a workable set of contemporary gala jewelry.
Crown Princess Victoria was the only other royal lady at the banquet. She wore an elegant red evening gown with diamond and ruby jewels from the family vaults: the Connaught Diamond Tiara, the family’s diamond floral earrings, a diamond necklace, a diamond and ruby bracelet, and the family’s diamond and ruby cluster brooch. (Here’s another view of her jewelry from the evening.)