Get excited, everyone: our first round of Nobel tiaras are officially here! Here’s a look at the four royal tiaras we saw sparkling at today’s ceremony and banquet in Stockholm.
The Swedish royals have been attending the presentation of the Nobel Prizes in Stockholm for more than a century, with the King handing over the awards personally to each laureate. This year, King Carl XVI Gustaf was joined on the stage by Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, and Prince Daniel. Four more members of the family—Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sofia, Princess Christina, and Tord Magnuson—were also seated in the audience for the ceremony.
Queen Silvia was lovely in pink and silver with diamonds and pink topazes for this year’s celebration. All four of the royal ladies, including Silvia, also wore the sash and star of the Order of the Seraphim and the King’s Royal Family Order.
Queen Silvia’s dress is by George + Arend. We previously saw her wear it during the celebrations of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark’s Golden Jubilee in September 2022. On that occasion, she paired it with pieces from the Napoleonic Amethyst Parure.
This time around, Queen Silvia accessorized with diamonds and pink topazes. She wore Queen Sofia’s Tiara, a fabulous nineteenth-century jewel that originally belonged to Queen Sofia of Sweden. This has been Queen Silvia’s most-worn Nobel Prize tiara in recent years.
She also wore a diamond necklace, plus the earrings and brooch from the grand Russian Pink Topaz Suite. That incredible set of royal jewels comes from the collection of Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia, the wife of Grand Duke Karl Friedrich of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. Maria Pavlovna was a daughter of Tsar Paul I of Russia. Her mother, Tsarina Maria Feodorovna, gave the pink topazes to Maria as a gift to mark the birth of her daughter, Princess Augusta, in 1811. Augusta’s granddaughter, Queen Victoria of Sweden, brought the jewels into the Bernadotte collection.
Queen Silvia also wore rings and bracelets, including the family’s lovely diamond zig-zag bracelet. The bracelet comes from the same royal source as the pink topazes: Queen Victoria of Sweden, the great-grandmother of the present King. She inherited the jewel, which can also be worn as part of a choker necklace, from her mother, Grand Duchess Louise of Baden.
Crown Princess Victoria was a vision in violet at this year’s Nobels, wearing a vibrant purple evening gown with the family amethysts.
We previously saw Victoria wear the same gown (and many of the same jewels) during the Dutch state visit to Sweden back in October 2022.
She wore the tiara, earrings, bracelet, and brooch from the amethyst parure with the gown for the Nobels. The amethysts are said to have originally belonged to Empress Josephine of France, who gave them to her daughter-in-law, Princess Augusta of Bavaria, as a wedding present in 1806. Augusta’s daughter later became Queen Josefina of Sweden and brought the amethyst set to Stockholm in the 1820s. It’s been part of the Bernadotte collection ever since, but Queen Silvia tweaked the parure a bit early in her marriage, having the large necklace from the suite set as a circlet on a tiara frame.
Crown Princess Victoria also wore another brooch from the amethyst suite in her hair, and she secured her order sash with a diamond rosette brooch.
And here’s a closer look at the bracelet from the amethyst parure on her right wrist during the ceremony.
Princess Sofia perhaps made the biggest statement at this year’s Nobel, wearing a black gown with the emerald setting of her wedding tiara and some major necklaces and bracelets.
Here’s a closer look at the emerald setting of the palmette tiara, worn with modern diamond and emerald earrings that we’ve seen her pair with the tiara on previous occasions. But let’s talk about those necklaces and bracelets, shall we? UFO No More was quick to suss out the source of the large pieces: Swarovski.
Both of the necklace, and both of the bracelets, comes from Swarovski’s Mesmera collection. Above is the choker from the line.
She stacked the choker with the Mesmera necklace, shown above.
And she also wore two of the Mesmera bracelets, one on each wrist. (I was fooled at first—I thought the dress just had embellished cuffs.)
I’m not someone who absolutely hates it when royals wear pieces from brands like Swarovski, but I have one bone to pick here: I wish Sofia had removed the pendants from the choker before stacking it with the other necklace. That would have given her a sort of Queen Mary effect—she loved to stack chokers and necklaces with pendants.
By the by, Sofia did wear one other piece of genuine heirloom jewelry. She secured her order sash with the family’s Diamond Lozenge Brooch, which has been with the family for generations. Like some of the jewels worn by Queen Sofia, the lozenge brooch was also worn by Queen Victoria of Sweden at the turn of the twentieth century.
Our final royal tiara moment from the ceremony came from the King’s sister, Princess Christina. She wore the family’s Six-Button Tiara, which features diamond rosettes that were once attached to the Swedish crown. She paired the tiara with pearls. Her gold necklace is another decoration: the King’s Medal. Her brother bestowed the honor on her in June 2021 in recognition of her “major non-profit social contributions.”
I’ll see you back here tomorrow afternoon with more tiaras from the King’s Dinner for the Nobel laureates in Stockholm!