This week, we’re shining our sparkling spotlight on gorgeous royal wedding tiaras worn by July brides. Today, we’ve got a look at one of the most important royal wedding tiaras in Scandinavia, worn in 1999 by a Greek princess.
Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark is the eldest of the five children of King Constantine II, the former monarch of Greece, and his wife, Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark. All of Alexia’s grandparents were royal, and she’s also the niece of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Queen Sofia of Spain. In July 1999, her royal wedding was celebrated in London at St. Sophia’s Cathedral, followed by a reception at Kenwood House.
Alexia wore a simple, classic wedding dress to marry Carlos Morales Quintana, a Spanish architect. The gown was made by an Austrian designer, Inge Sprawson, who had previously designed clothing for Alexia’s mother, Queen Anne-Marie.
Alexia wore classic diamonds with impeccable royal provenance for the wedding ceremony. The spotlight piece was the Khedive of Egypt Tiara, a jewel made in 1905 for her great-grandmother, Princess Margaret of Connaught. Margaret received the tiara from the Khedive of Egypt as a wedding present when she married the future King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden. The jewel was inherited by their daughter, Queen Ingrid of Denmark, whose female descendants have all worn the tiara as a bridal diadem. Today, the tiara belongs to Alexia’s mother, Queen Anne-Marie.
Alexia also wore a delicate pair of diamond floral earrings. The choice of petite earrings was a smart one: they added additional sparkle, but they didn’t pull focus from the grand tiara.
The princess’s wedding ensemble was completed with an antique Irish lace veil. The veil also belonged to Margaret of Connaught, who wore it for her royal wedding at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor in 1905. Alexia’s grandmother, mother, aunts, and cousins have also worn the veil on their wedding days, and in 2004, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark was also offered the privilege of wearing the veil for her own royal wedding.