We’re officially in catch-up mode here at The Court Jeweller after the massive coronation jewelry week, but never fear: we’ll be covering all the big tiara moments from last week! Let’s kick things off today with a pair of sparklers worn by Queen Silvia of Sweden.
King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden headed to Estonia for a state visit last week. They were the guests of honor at a banquet in Tallinn on May 2, hosted by the President of Estonia, Alar Karis, and his wife, Sirje.
Queen Silvia wore an evening gown decorated with midnight blue sequins for the banquet. Her red sash is part of the insignia of Estonia’s Order of the White Star.
Silvia echoed the red color of the sash by wearing ruby and diamond jewels for the banquet. The spotlight piece was the King Edward VII Ruby Tiara, which was given as a wedding present by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra to their niece, Princess Margaret of Connaught, in 1905. Margaret was the grandmother of the present King of Sweden. I really enjoy that Silvia chose to wear a British royal tiara during coronation week!
Silvia paired the tiara with modern earrings set with diamonds, pearls, and rubies, as well as a classic diamond necklace.
She secured her sash with another ruby jewel: a petite diamond and ruby brooch from the Bernadotte vaults.
And she added diamond and gold bracelets and rings to the look as well.
On the following evening, May 3, the King and Queen hosted a return dinner for their Estonian hosts in Tallinn.
The dinner was another white-tie event, with the royal and presidential couples wearing their finest formal wear and all of their orders and decorations.
Queen Silvia, pictured here with Sirje Karis, wore a dark green evening gown. She also again wore the insignia of the Order of the White Star. (The second star pinned to her gown is the star of Sweden’s highest chivalric order, the Order of the Seraphim.)
For the return dinner, Silvia was decked out in diamonds. She wore Queen Sofia’s Tiara, sometimes nicknamed the “Nine-Prong Tiara” because of its top line design. You can read more about the nineteenth-century tiara, which may have begun life as a diamond hair comb, in our earlier article here.
She also wore a diamond necklace, the family’s incredible diamond floral earrings, and one of the Braganza rose brooches.
Here’s one more look at Silvia’s diamond dazzle at the return dinner.