One of the fanciest tiaras in the entire Dutch collection is the Württemberg Ornate Pearl Tiara. It makes sense, then, that so far this tiara (unlike most of the other Dutch sparklers) has only been worn by reigning queens.
|Wilhelmina wears the tiara (source)|
The tiara was almost certainly made by Schürmann for Queen Wilhelmina in 1897, a year before the young queen was enthroned. However, there’s a second provenance story for this piece floating around, too. That story suggests that the tiara is much older, made for Sophie of Württemberg (hence the tiara’s name) in 1839, the same year that she married King Willem III.
|Wilhelmina wears the tiara (source)|
That second theory claims that Schürmann altered the tiara in 1897 instead of creating it. Either way, one thing is for sure: the pearls in this tiara have been in the family since before Schürmann’s involvement with the piece.
When Queen Juliana inherited the tiara from Wilhelmina, she placed it in the family’s jewel foundation, making it a permanent part of the Dutch collection. Its importance in the family was cemented in 1966, when Princess Beatrix wore the tiara at her wedding to Claus van Amsberg (pictured above). This was one of the rare occasions where she wore the tiara in its complete version, including the pearls that sit at the very top of the piece.
Beatrix has continued to wear the tiara fairly frequently, but often without those extra pearls. (Taking those away makes this piece more casual, obviously. Ha!) But she brought out the pearl toppers again at the gala held the night before her official abdication — her last tiara appearance as a queen (pictured above).
So here’s the big question: now that Máxima is queen, how long will we have to wait to see this fabulous piece on her? Or will Princess Beatrix continue to wear this one exclusively for now? We’ll have to wait and see…
With the royals still hibernating during their annual holidays, the weekly jewel news is on hiatus for another week. But while we wait, let’s look at some of the big events that are already on the calendar for this autumn. There are jewels in the wings, everyone! (This is a quick list of events — feel free to add additional ones in the comments!)
The event scheduled so far that will undoubtedly get the most press is the Duchess of Cambridge’s upcoming visit to Malta. Kate’s visit, on September 20th and 21st, will be part of the celebrations of the nation’s 50th anniversary of independence. But other British royals will also be making international trips. The Earl and Countess of Wessex will be in Canada for an extended tour from September 12-20, and Princess Anne will head to Africa at the end of September, with scheduled trips to Ethiopia and Tanzania. No word yet on whether any foreign heads of state will be visiting Britain this fall, though usually there is an incoming state visit held in October or November.
The annual state opening of the Dutch parliament will be held on September 16; the event has an unusual gowns-and-hats daytime dress code, so get excited for that. There are also two state visits on the books for the Dutch royals this fall. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima will visit the Japanese imperial family from October 27-31, and then they will move on to Korea for a second state visit from November 2-4.
Edward and Sophie aren’t the only royals who will be in Canada in September: Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark will make an official visit to Ottawa and Toronto on September 17-19. There are also two big events scheduled so far for October: the opening of Parliament, and a state visit to Croatia by Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik on October 21-24.
The Swedish royal family will be attending the Polar Music Prize ceremony in Stockholm on August 26; except for Carl Philip and Sofia, the entire family is scheduled to be there. The opening of the Swedish parliament takes place the following month, on September 30. Looking further ahead, you can also mark down December 10, the date of the annual Nobel Prize ceremony.
The Norwegian royals are kicking off state visit season early this year, welcoming the president of Estonia to Oslo from September 2-4. And like the Swedes, the Norwegians already have an annual Nobel event on the schedule: the Peace Prize will be awarded on December 10.
November 19 is Monaco’s National Day, and the event is generally celebrated with both day and evening events, including a gala. As Princess Charlene is apparently due to give birth at the end of the year, we’ll see whether she attends this year’s celebrations.