Our Sparkling Spotlight on gorgeous royal pearl tiaras continues today with a glittering example from Norway, worn for a royal wedding celebration in October 2012.
In October 2012, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway joined royals from around the world in Luxembourg to celebrate the wedding of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg and Countess Stephanie of Lannoy. The Norwegian and Luxembourgish royals are close cousins. King Harald’s mother, Crown Princess Märtha of Norway, was a sister of Queen Astrid of Belgium, the grandmother of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg.
For a gala dinner held the night before the wedding, Queen Sonja wore a bright blue gown with a white wrap for warmth. The flash of red on her gown is the ribbon of King Harald’s Royal Family Order.
To accessorize, Sonja reached for several diamond and pearl pieces from the Norwegian royal collection. She wore the full setting of Queen Maud’s Pearl Tiara. Seasoned royal jewelry watchers will immediately note that this is technically a replica of Maud’s original tiara. The real tiara, made in the 1890s and given to Maud as a wedding present, was stolen from the Garrard workshop in London in the 1990s. The jewelry firm made an exact replica of the tiara for the family following the theft.
With the tiara, Sonja wore lovely diamond and pearl drop earrings, plus a major pearl choker necklace.
She added a pearl bracelet on her right wrist as well, plus a watch and her favorite stack of gold bangles on her left. And, if you look closely at the bodice of her gown, you’ll spot one more diamond and pearl jewel. It’s the Drapers’ Company Brooch, another of Queen Maud’s wedding presents.