Our tour of the tiaras of Princess Margaret of Connaught, who later became Crown Princess Margareta of Sweden, continues today with another of her royal wedding gifts: a present from her parents.
The Connaught Diamond Tiara has remained with the main line of the Swedish royal family, and it’s been worn by Queen Silvia and her daughters as well as the king’s sisters. In June 2010, Princess Madeleine of Sweden wore the tiara for the wedding of her elder sister, Crown Princess Victoria, in Stockholm. She paired the tiara with a dramatic light blue gown featuring a bodice covered in beading and sequins and a major ruffled skirt. For the wedding ceremony, Madeleine added a shrug in the same fabric.
For the banquet after the wedding, Madeleine removed the shrug. She carried a matching clutch bag and wore silver shoes. To her gown, she pinned her father’s Royal Family Order, the sash and star of the Order of the Seraphim, and a special medal issued to celebrate Victoria and Daniel’s wedding.
Madeleine accessorized with diamonds, pearls, and sapphires. She wore the Connaught Diamond Tiara, which dates to 1904. The following year, in 1905, the Duke and Duchess of Connaught presented the tiara to their daughter, Princess Margaret of Connaught, to celebrate her marriage to Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden. The tiara is a floral garland of forget-me-nots, and it can be worn in two different necklace settings as well.
The tiara has been a beloved jewel in the Swedish royal family for generations. It was a favorite tiara of the king’s mother, Princess Sibylla, and so the family often calls the piece “Princess Sibylla’s Tiara.” Princess Christina even wore the tiara as a wedding diadem, a tribute to her mother, who had passed away before the wedding ceremony. The tiara is most frequently worn by Queen Silvia (and now Crown Princess Victoria as well). The brown velvet wrapping on the base is meant to coordinate with Silvia’s dark hair.
Princess Madeleine also wore another important piece of Swedish royal jewelry: the Processional Jewels. The necklace, made of diamonds, sapphires, and pearls, originally belonged to Princess Victoria of Baden, the German princess who married King Gustaf V of Sweden. She received the necklace during her formal arrival into her new country—hence the “processional” part of the jewel’s name.
Madeleine secured the sash of the Order of the Seraphim with a small diamond bow brooch from the Swedish royal jewelry collection. (It’s actually the same brooch her sister was wearing in yesterday’s Sparkling Spotlight post!)
She bridged the all-diamond tiara and the diamond, pearl, and sapphire necklace with a pair of diamond and pearl drop earrings from the family vaults.
And she finished off the look with bracelets on both wrists, plus a large ring on her right hand.