Today’s Sparkling Spotlight post takes us back to October 2016, and an especially sparkly state visit appearance in Germany by Queen Silvia of Sweden.
King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden embarked on a four-day trip to Germany, which included an official dinner at Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin. Carl Gustaf and Silvia have significant professional and personal connections to Germany. For Silvia, every visit to Germany is a homecoming: she was born in Heidelberg. The royal couple met for the first time at the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972.
For this official dinner, hosted by President Joachim Gauck and his partner, Daniela Schadt, Silvia wore a sleek, simple gown in a vibrant shade of violet. She accessorized with a sparkling silver clutch and matching shoes.
For the dinner, Silvia reached into the Bernadotte family vaults for Swedish royal jewels with links to Germany. She wore the Baden Fringe Tiara, a classic diamond tiara with a sunray design. It originally belonged to the king’s great-grandmother, Queen Victoria of Sweden, who was the daughter of two German royals: Grand Duke Friedrich I of Baden and Princess Louise of Prussia.
With the tiara, she also wore another of Victoria’s jewels: the grand diamond and pearl sunburst brooch. The piece, which is really more of a corsage ornament, also features elaborate diamond fringe pendant sections. Silvia finished off the look with pearl drop earrings from the vaults, plus a diamond and sapphire cluster ring.