Our May birthday tiara tribute continues with a look at the sentimental royal wedding jewels worn by Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, who celebrated her birthday this month.
Princess Nathalie is the daughter of Princess Benedikte of Denmark and her late husband, Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg. Nathalie’s maternal grandparents were King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid of Denmark, and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is her aunt. On June 18, 2011, Nathalie married Alexander Johannsmann in a religious ceremony in Berleburg, Germany. The couple met because of their mutual of love equestrian sport: Nathalie is an Olympic showjumper, and Alexander is a horse breeder. They had married in a civil ceremony the previous year.
Princess Nathalie wore a wedding gown designed by Henrik Hviid. The ’60s inspired dress features a floral lace overlay on the bodice and sleeves, plus scattered floral appliques on the skirt.
The train of the dress was also embroidered with the couple’s joint monogram. Along with the gown, Nathalie wore the Irish lace wedding veil that was first worn in 1905 by her great-grandmother, Princess Margaret of Connaught, for her wedding to the future King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden. The wedding veil was later worn by Queen Ingrid, as well as all of her female descendants (and Crown Princess Mary, too!).
Princess Nathalie anchored the veil with a tiara that also belonged to Margaret of Connaught: the Khedive of Egypt Tiara. This romantic diamond scroll tiara was Margaret’s wedding gift from the Khedive of Egypt, and it’s become the traditional bridal diadem of all of her female descendants. Nathalie’s grandmother, mother, and aunts all wore the tiara for their weddings, as have all of the women of Nathalie’s generation.
She completed the bridal look with a gorgeous pair of diamond drop earrings. Overall, the look was unique, mixing vintage elements and antique pieces together—a very cool mix of personal style and family history.