October 2021 really was an embarrassment of riches where royal weddings were concerned! On the heels of the Romanov wedding in Russia, we were treated to a Greek royal wedding in Athens for the first time in half a century. And even better, the nuptials confirmed a bridal tiara tradition in the family, too!
Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark, the youngest son of King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie (and a nephew of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Queen Sofia of Spain), married his Swiss bride, Nina Flohr, in a grand ceremony at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Athens on October 23. The religious wedding ceremony followed a civil wedding in Switzerland in December 2020.
With her Chanel bridal gown, the new Princess Nina wore a diamond and pearl tiara borrowed from her mother-in-law, Queen Anne-Marie. The Antique Corsage Tiara is a Scandinavian royal heirloom, made by repurposing a corsage ornament that had belonged to Queen Victoria of Sweden, the groom’s great-great-grandmother. Queen Anne-Marie received the tiara from her parents, King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid of Denmark, as an 18th birthday present in 1964.
Nina kept the rest of her jewelry simple, allowing the tiara to shine. Her only other major accessory was a gold bangle bracelet studded with round pearls.
By wearing the Antique Corsage Tiara for her wedding, Princess Nina cemented a tiara tradition within the former royal family of Greece. All three of Queen Anne-Marie’s daughters-in-law have now worn the tiara for their religious wedding ceremonies. (The daughters of the family, of course, are part of the grand Khedive of Egypt Tiara tradition.) Princess Marie-Chantal began the Antique Corsage Tiara tradition at her wedding to Crown Prince Pavlos in London in 1995.
And Princess Tatiana continued the tradition by wearing the Antique Corsage Tiara for her wedding to Prince Nikolaos in Greece in the summer of 2010.
The diamond and pearl tiara is really a perfect bridal diadem, with its romantic floral design. It’s also small enough to be comfortable for a bride to wear, especially one who perhaps isn’t used to balancing a tiara on such a spotlight occasion.
The royal wedding was attended by Philippos’s legion of royal relatives and friends from Greece, Denmark, Spain, Britain, Monaco, Bulgaria, and Germany. You can see all of the fantastic royal jewels that they wore for the occasion in our extensive article on the royal wedding!