Crown Princess Victoria sparkled in magnificent diamonds for Saturday evening’s Nobel celebrations in Stockholm—plus a necklace she’s been wearing for 25 years!
Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel joined her parents, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, on stage at the Stockholm Concert Hall for the annual Nobel Prize ceremony on Saturday.
For the ceremony and the banquet held afterward, Victoria gleamed in a pink satin gown designed by Camilla Thulin.
With the gown, she wore her father’s Royal Family Order and the sash and star of the Order of the Seraphim. She carried a baby blue clutch bag that echoed the colors of those decorations.
For the first time in more than a decade, Victoria wore the Diamond Six-Button Tiara for the Nobel ceremony and banquet. The tiara, which features six diamond rosettes set atop a double row of diamonds, was constructed in the 1970s for Princess Lilian’s use. But the rosettes themselves have a much longer history: the buttons once belonged to Queen Lovisa Ulrika (wife of an 18th-century Swedish monarch, King Adolf Frederik), and they were later affixed to King Carl XIV Johan’s coronation crown in 1818. The family calls the jewel the “Carl Johan Tiara” for this reason. An extra row of diamonds was added to the velvet base of the tiara for this outing.
Crown Princess Victoria most recently wore the tiara for the Nobels in December 2011, paired with pieces from the Leuchtenberg Sapphire Parure. She also added the extra row of diamonds to the tiara’s base on that occasion as well.
This time around, Victoria wore the tiara much lower and closer to her forehead, with a hairstyle parted down the middle.
With the tiara, Victoria wore the 18th-century Vasa Earrings, which also originally belonged to Queen Louise Ulrika. She has worn these on a few occasions before, both in their complete form and without the interior briolette pendant section. Victoria’s necklace may not be quite so antique, but it also has a long history in her jewelry box. She’s been wearing the necklace, which features blue and pink gemstones (topazes?) set in diamond floral clusters, for more than two decades.
Here’s one of the earliest appearances of the necklace, worn by Victoria with the Diamond Four-Button Tiara during a state visit from Boris Yeltsin to Stockholm in December 1997.
She also wore it often during her early appearances at the Nobels. She pairs the necklace with the Four-Button Tiara and a butterfly brooch here at the prize ceremony in December 2000.
And here, she wears the same necklace/tiara pairing again for the Nobels in December 2003.
Victoria added even more diamonds to her ensemble in brooch and bracelet form. She used another diamond rosette (previously worn as a pendant by Princess Lilian) to secure her Seraphim sash.
An identical diamond rosette brooch was also placed as an ornament in her hair.
Yet another small diamond brooch was used to secure the back of her order sash.
She finished off the look with the family’s Diamond Zig-Zag Bracelet, which has been worn by several ladies from the royal family for major occasions. Princess Madeleine even wore it (with the Vasa Earrings, coincidentally) on her wedding day! Victoria has also worn it previously at the Nobels (see here and here!).
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