Today, Princess Christina, sister of the King of Sweden, celebrates her 79th birthday! To join in the festivities, we’re jumping in our tiara time machine to take a look at some of the sparkling Swedish royal tiaras that the princess has worn over the decades.
December 1964: Christina wears Queen Sofia’s Diamond and Pearl Tiara for the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm. The tiara originally belonged to Queen Sofia of Sweden. Christina received the tiara as a present from her godmother, Elsa Cedergren, who was Queen Sofia’s granddaughter.
December 1968: During the Nobel Prize celebrations, Princess Christina pairs the Diamond Four-Button Tiara with the earrings and large necklace from the Napoleonic Amethyst Parure. About a decade later, Christina’s sister-in-law, Queen Silvia, would have the necklace set on a tiara frame to make the amethyst set a more complete parure.
June 1974: For her wedding to Tord Magnuson, Princess Christina wears the Connaught Diamond Tiara. The choice was a sentimental one—Christina wore the tiara to honor her late mother, Princess Sibylla, who died of cancer in 1972. The tiara was Sibylla’s favorite, and it’s still a much-treasured piece in the Swedish royal family today because of its association with the late princess.
December 1983: Princess Christina pairs Queen Sofia’s Diamond and Pearl Tiara with a fantastic punk-inspired ’80s hairstyle for the Nobel Prize banquet.
December 1991: Princess Christina wears the Diamond Four-Button Tiara with a colorful suite of multi-gem jewelry for a gala dinner at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. (Her outfit adds to the jewel-toned theme, too!)
May 1992: Princess Christina wears the same jewels—the Diamond Four-Button Tiara and the multi-gem suite—for a dinner at the Royal Palace in Stockholm during a state visit from King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway. She’s pictured here with her sister, Princess Désirée (wearing Queen Louise’s Diamond Tiara), and her niece, Crown Princess Victoria. This was Victoria’s very first formal gala event!
December 2003: For the annual Nobel Prize banquet, Princess Christina wears the Diamond Six-Button Tiara with diamond and sapphire jewels.
June 2010: For the wedding of her niece, Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Christina pairs the Diamond Six-Button Tiara with pink and pearls.
December 2011: Princess Christina wears Queen Sofia’s Diamond and Pearl Tiara at the Nobel Prize banquet with additional diamond and pearl jewels. Sadly, this would be one of her final appearances in the tiara, which was stolen from her home in Stockholm in 2012. Since then, Christina has borrowed tiaras from the royal vaults for gala events.
June 2013: Princess Christina sparkles at the wedding of her niece, Princess Madeleine, in Stockholm, wearing the Diamond Six-Button Tiara with diamond and pearl pieces.
March 2014: For a gala dinner at the palace in Stockholm, Princess Christina wears the Swedish Aquamarine Kokoshnik, which belongs to her eldest sister, Princess Margaretha. Because Margaretha lives a quiet, retired life in England, she has generously placed her tiara in the royal vaults so that the ladies of the family can get much more use out of it.
June 2015: For the wedding of her nephew, Prince Carl Philip, in Stockholm, Princess Christina again wears the Diamond Six-Button Tiara with some of her favorite diamond and pearl jewels.
December 2017: Princess Christina goes delightfully punk again at the Nobel Prize Banquet, wearing the Swedish Cut-Steel Bandeau with a fabulous spiky short hairstyle.
December 2018: In one of her most recent tiara appearances, Princess Christina wears the Diamond Six-Button Tiara with a gorgeous demi-parure of gold, pearl, and pale gemstone jewels for the Nobel Prize banquet.