Over the years, Princess Madeleine of Sweden has proved herself to be a capable wearer of some of the royal family’s most challenging tiaras—including this converted amethyst jewel.
For the Nobel Prize ceremony and banquet in Stockholm on December 10, 2012, Princess Madeleine wore a strapless evening gown in a light shade of gray, paired with silver accessories. The sash and star of the Order of the Seraphim and King Carl XVI Gustaf’s Royal Family Order were pinned to the dress.
With the gown, Madeleine wore pieces from the family’s Napoleonic Amethyst Parure. As the name suggests, the set dates to the reign of Napoleon I. The jewels came to Sweden with Empress Josephine’s granddaughter, Queen Josefina. The tiara from the suite, worn here by Madeleine, was originally a necklace.
Madeleine also wore other pieces from the parure, including the earrings.
She wore one of the bracelets from the set on her right wrist.
Madeleine secured her order sash at the back of her gown with one of the family’s small diamond rosette brooches.
The converted tiara from the amethyst parure is particularly challenging to wear. Its rather flat design makes it sometimes difficult to wear without making the wearer’s head look a little flat, too. But by wearing it at an angle on this occasion, Madeleine managed to avoid that aspect of the piece, allowing the tiara to shine.