Last week, the royal court in Sweden shared a magnificent new set of official royal portraits. Let’s have a look at the jewels on display, shall we?
All of the current members of the royal house gathered to sit for the portraits, which were taken by Linda Broström and Thron Ullberg. The royal house includes the following people: King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, Princess Estelle, Prince Oscar, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia, and Princess Madeleine. The larger royal family, of course, includes many other members, including Princess Madeleine’s husband and children, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia’s children, the King’s sisters, and the Queen of Denmark and her sisters.
Today, I’m going to focus on the royal jewels worn by the women of the royal house in these new portraits, which include images in both daytime and gala jewelry. Let’s start off with Queen Silvia, who posed in jewels made of gold set with pearls. These include pearl earrings, a pearl torsade necklace, and a brooch with a modern floral design.
In her gala portrait, Queen Silvia posed in a glamorous evening gown with her orders and decorations (the Order of the Seraphim and the King’s Royal Family Order), plus pieces from the Cameo Parure.
She wore the tiara, necklace, and brooch from the Cameo Parure, plus a pair of antique diamond and pearl drop earrings from the family collection.
Crown Princess Victoria also wore pearls for her daytime portrait: diamond and pearl drop earrings, plus a diamond and pearl brooch with a pearl pendant from the Bernadotte vaults. This brooch features a unique cluster, made of a thin row of diamonds puncuated by four round brilliants, surrounding the central pearl.
Victoria wore a dramatic evening gown from H&M for her gala portraits, paired with the Seraphim and her father’s family order, plus several antique jewels from the family collection.
Her jewelry included the Napoleonic Cut-Steel Tiara, diamond and pearl drop earrings, the family’s diamond zig-zag bracelet, and another of the family’s diamond and pearl brooches. This brooch features diamonds in a triumphal laurel pattern surrounding a large pearl.
Princess Madeleine also posed for both daytime and evening portraits. Here, she wears a pair of modern diamond line earrings with a floral-printed day dress.
She also posed for gala portraits, though hers were clearly taken in a different session from those of the other members of the family. She wore a grand evening gown with floral appliques, plus the Seraphim and her father’s family order, as well as several important pieces of jewelry.
She wore her own tiara, the Modern Fringe Tiara, with the diamond floral earrings from the Bernadotte collection. She also wore a large diamond bracelet stacked with a gold Cartier Love Bracelet.
Princess Sofia rounded out the group of ladies in the portraits. She wore earrings with gemstone drops for her more casual, daytime photograph.
For her gala portrait, she wore an elaborate embroidered evening gown, plus gala jewels with the Seraphim and the king’s family order.
She wore the all-diamond setting of her wedding tiara, the Palmette Tiara, with the diamond and amethyst earrings from the Napoleonic Amethyst Parure.
We also had one more delightful portrait: a three-generations photograph featuring King Carl XVI Gustaf, Crown Princess Victoria, and Princess Estelle. Victoria wore the same gown and jewels from her solo portrait, and Estelle wore a sparkling headband with her dress.
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