Our sparkling spotlight on royal August birthdays shines today on Queen Rania of Jordan, who celebrates her birthday at the very end of the month. Today, we’ve got a look at one of her most unique royal jewels, the Arabic Scroll Tiara.
In October 2006, King Abdullah II and Queen Rania led a Jordanian royal delegation on a state visit to the Netherlands. On the first evening of the visit, a state banquet was held in The Hague, hosted by Queen Beatrix. (Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima were not present, as they were in the middle of a lengthy royal visit to Australia and New Zealand.)
There were lots of tiaras present: Queen Beatrix wore the Antique Pearl Tiara, while Princess Margriet wore the pearl setting of the Dutch Emerald Parure Tiara and Princess Laurentien wore the Dutch Laurel Wreath Tiara. And two more Jordanian princesses were also present and decked out in diamond tiaras. On the left in the second row is Princess Noor, who was then the wife of Prince Hamzah, and second from the right is Princess Rahma, the king’s cousin. Noor appears to have worn a diamond ribbon tiara that may belong to Queen Noor, while Rahma wore a tiara that may belong to her mother, Princess Sarvath.
Queen Rania wore a deep blue dress for the evening with black gloves and accessories. This photograph appears to lighten the color of the dress a bit. She has the sash and star of the Order of the Netherlands Lion pinned to her gown.
Rania accessorized with diamonds. She wore the Arabic Scroll Tiara, a spectacular modern diadem that features the prayer “Allah is Great” in Arabic lettering. Larger pear-shaped diamonds are also incorporated in the piece, which was made by Yan Sicard for FRED in 2005. The tiara was reportedly a gift to Rania from her husband.
She finished off the look with a pair of modern diamond earrings, an interesting take on the traditional chandelier style.