Our royal birthday season continues with Princess Ingrid Alexandra, the future Queen of Norway, who celebrates her 19th birthday today! The future monarch made a splashy tiara debut last year, and she’ll be one of Europe’s reliable tiara-wearers for years to come. Today, let’s have a look at some of the candidates for her next royal tiara appearances.
When Princess Ingrid Alexandra opened up her birthday gifts in 2022, she was greeted by a gorgeous sight: an antique diamond and pearl tiara with an impressive family history. The Boucheron Pearl Circle Tiara was given to the princess by the royal family on behalf of the descendants of her great-aunt, the late Princess Ragnhild. The tiara had originally belonged to Ingrid Alexandra’s great-great-grandmother, Princess Ingeborg of Sweden.
The young princess proudly wore the tiara for her birthday gala dinner at the Royal Palace in Oslo in June, and she also posed for a set of formal portraits wearing the diadem. I think it’s fair to say that we’ll be seeing Ingrid Alexandra primarily use this tiara for gala events in the years to come.
But when we do see Ingrid Alexandra reach for other tiaras, which ones might she choose next? A likely candidate, I think, is the tiara from the family’s modern amethyst and diamond parure. After all, the princess already wore a piece from the set for her birthday gala last year. The petite tiara, with its youthful profile and playful upright sections, would be lovely on the dark-haired princess. It was first worn by Ingrid Alexandra’s grandmother, Queen Sonja, in the 1990s, but more recently it’s been worn by her mother, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, and her aunt, Princess Märtha Louise.
Speaking of Ingrid Alexandra’s mother, might we see Mette-Marit loan her own diamond wedding tiara to her daughter for a sentimental gala appearance? The Diamond Daisy Bandeau was a wedding gift to the crown princess from King Harald V and Queen Sonja. It’s an antique Edwardian jewel, made around 1910. Even though it’s a fairly small jewel with a low profile, it has remained one of Mette-Marit’s most-worn tiaras over the past two decades. I’d love to see how Ingrid Alexandra would style the piece.
Princess Ingrid Alexandra already has one family heirloom tiara in her jewelry box. Perhaps her next tiara could be another? Her great-aunt, the vibrant Princess Astrid, owns several tiaras with important family provenance. One of the grandest is Queen Alexandra’s Turquoise Circlet, which once belonged to Ingrid Alexandra’s great-great-great-grandmother, Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom (who is also one of her namesakes). Astrid has already passed along some important family jewelry to her great-niece, and I could see her being excited to share a tiara like this one with Ingrid Alexandra as well.
Another family heirloom that Princess Astrid might consider loaning to Ingrid Alexandra is the symbolic Vasa Tiara. The diamond diadem was one of the wedding gifts presented to Astrid’s mother (and Ingrid Alexandra’s great-grandmother), Crown Princess Märtha of Norway, in 1929. The jewel was a present from the people of Stockholm—Märtha was born a Princess of Sweden—and features symbolism related to the Swedish royal House of Vasa.
Ingrid Alexandra’s grandmother, Queen Sonja, has also been generous in loaning some of her tiaras to the other women of the royal family. One of them is Queen Maud’s Pearl Tiara, especially the smaller fringe-style setting of the jewel. (The tiara is, of course, a replica of the original, which was stolen in the 1990s.) Both Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Princess Märtha Louise have made elegant appearances in the small version of the tiara, and I think it would look beautiful on Princess Ingrid Alexandra, too.
Queen Sonja has also loaned another of Queen Maud’s jewels to Princess Märtha Louise: the diamond bandeau base of the Maltese Circlet. The tiara was originally a diadem worn in place of a crown by Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom, and it would be fun to see how the next generation of the family would tackle this somewhat-challenging jewel.
Or maybe Sonja might loan one of her most iconic (and controversial!) tiaras to her granddaughter? The Modern Gold Tiara is one of the newest additions to Sonja’s jewelry wardrobe, and it’s drawn comparisons to sci-fi characters and superheroes. The versatile tiara can be worn with a series of central ornaments, making it easy to pair with a variety of colors and clothing styles. I’d love to see Ingrid Alexandra take it out for a spin!