The holiday season always puts me in the mood for a good wreath tiara, so we’ll be taking a closer look at several sparkling examples over the rest of the week. First up: the dazzling Dutch Laurel Wreath Tiara.
The tiara sparkled on Princess Laurentien, sister-in-law of the King of the Netherlands, as she attended a state banquet in honor of the visiting President of Argentina in March 2017. She wore a glittering gown in an interesting shade of chocolatey bronze for the occasion, decorated with diamonds.
The Dutch Laurel Wreath Tiara was her main accessory. It’s reportedly one of the oldest tiaras in the Dutch royal vaults, but it’s primarily associated with Laurentien’s mother-in-law, Princess Beatrix. The tiara was the first one that Beatrix wore when she came of age in the 1950s. She’s since shared it with several other family members, including her sisters. Princess Laurentien wore the jewel as her wedding tiara when she married Beatrix’s youngest son, Prince Constantijn, in 2001.
The rest of Laurentien’s jewels for the banquet were a mix of the old and the new. The diamond scroll and floral brooch that she pinned to her neckline came from the collection of Queen Wilhelmina, and the diamond floral watch that she wore on her left wrist belonged to Queen Juliana. Laurentien also wore a classic diamond rivière necklace, plus a modern diamond ring and earrings.