This week, the Swedish royals welcomed Finland’s presidential couple to Stockholm for a state visit—and we got tiaras on Tuesday evening at the state banquet!
King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden hosted President Sauli Niinisto of Finland and his wife, Jenni Haukio, for a state banquet at the Royal Palace in Stockholm Tuesday night.
Both the First Lady and the Queen were dressed in their elegant finest for the dinner. Ms. Haukio wore a blue gown with a lovely embroidered floral overlay, while Queen Silvia wore a structured column gown with cape-style detailing in a dark shade of rose pink.
The Finns and Swedes both wore orders and decorations. President Niinisto wore the collar and star of the Order of the Seraphim, plus the sash and star of the Order of the White Rose of Finland, while Ms. Haukio wore the sash and star of the Order of the Polar Star and the star of the Order of the White Rose of Finland. King Carl XVI Gustaf wore White Rose of Finland collar and star, the Seraphim star, and the Polar Star neck badge. Queen Silvia wore the White Rose of Finland collar and star as well as the Seraphim star, plus King Carl XVI Gustaf’s Royal Family Order.
With her gown and decorations, Queen Silvia wore ruby and diamond jewels from the family collection. She wore the King Edward VII Ruby Tiara, a jewel that was given by King Edward to his niece, Princess Margaret of Connaught, when she married into the Swedish royal family in 1905. She also wore the tiara’s coordinating bracelet on her right wrist, and she added additional sparkle with the family’s diamond floral earrings.
Crown Princess Victoria was lovely in blue for the dinner, wearing a Jennifer Blom dress she previously wore for the Nobel Prize celebrations back in December 2017. The dress has since been altered, with sleeves added. She pinned her father’s Royal Family Order to the dress, and wore the collar and star of the Order of the White Rose of Finland, plus the star of the Order of the Seraphim. (Prince Daniel is wearing the White Rose of Finland sash and star, the Polar Star neck badge, and the Seraphim star.)
For the dinner, Victoria combined together two sets of antique jewelry that date to the Napoleonic era. She wore the Napoleonic Cut Steel Tiara, a unique diadem that manages to sparkle without a single diamond. It’s said that the tiara was made for Hortense de Beauharnais, daughter of Empress Joséphine (and, therefore, a stepdaughter of Napoleon Bonaparte). The tiara features flower, feather, leaf, and acorn motifs in its design. It came to Sweden with Hortense’s niece, Queen Josefina of Sweden and Norway.
With the cut steel tiara, Victoria wore the earrings and bracelet from the Cameo Parure. The suite of jewels was given by Napoleon to Joséphine in 1809. The cameos also came to Sweden with Joséphine’s granddaughter, Queen Josefina of Sweden and Norway. The individual cameos feature scenes from mythology, and portraits—even a portrait of Napoleon himself.
The royal contingent at the banquet was rounded out by Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia. She wore a striking red gown that she previously wore at the Nobels in December 2018. Her decorations included her father-in-law’s Royal Family Order, plus the sash and star of the Order of the White Rose of Finland and the star of the Order of the Seraphim. Prince Carl Philip also wore the sash and star of the Order of the White Rose of Finland and the star of the Order of the Seraphim, plus the neck badge of the Order of the Polar Star.
Sofia accessorized with diamonds and pearls. She wore the pearl setting of her Diamond Palmette Tiara, and her earrings featured large, slender diamond hoops with diamond and pearl pendants. She secured her order sash with the family’s Floral Pearl Drop Brooch.