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On her wedding day, Princess Madeleine borrowed her mother’s Modern Fringe Tiara, wearing it with orange blossoms arranged at the tiara’s base. She also wore the Vasa earrings, historic pieces of Swedish royal heirloom jewelry.
On her left wrist, Madeleine wore one of the family’s diamond bracelets.
The gown was designed by Valentino. The groom also received a new bit of bling: the Order of the Polar Star, the second highest-ranking order of chivalry in Sweden.
The mother-of-the bride wore jewelry that reminded all gathered that she was, indeed, the Queen of Sweden. Silvia donned Queen Sofia’s Tiara (also sometimes called the “Nine-Prong”) with diamond earrings, a diamond riviere with a pendant stone, and the diamond floral brooch from the Brazilian parure. She also wore the Order of the Seraphim and her husband’s family order.
In memory of her late great-aunt, Princess Lilian, Crown Princess Victoria wore the tiara that Lilian bequeathed to her: the Boucheron Laurel Wreath Tiara, which was given to Crown Princess Margareta of Sweden as a wedding present by Queen Sofia. The tiara can also be worn as a necklace, but Victoria chose another heirloom necklace for the wedding: the one created by modifying a stomacher that had belonged to Joséphine of Leuchtenberg. Victoria also wore diamond earrings, diamond bracelets, a diamond rosette brooch, the Order of the Seraphim, and her father’s family order. Her best accessory, though, was probably the adorable Princess Estelle!
Royal girlfriend Sofia Hellqvist, who will become Princess Sofia of Sweden on Saturday, wore a pair of golden earrings with a leaf motif for the wedding.
The king’s sisters were all at the wedding as well. Princess Margaretha wore the Baden Fringe Tiara with diamond earrings and a diamond necklace, plus the Order of the Seraphim and her brother’s family order.
Princess Birgitta wore the Connaught Diamond Tiara, plus diamond earrings, diamond bracelets, and the sapphire and diamond necklace that belonged to her mother, Princess Sibylla. She’s also wearing the Order of the Seraphim and her brother’s family order.
Princess Désirée, the king’s third sister, wore the Napoleonic Cut-Steel Tiara, pairing it with diamond earrings and a coordinating diamond (and pink topaz?) brooch. She also wore the Order of the Seraphim and her brother’s family order.
Princess Désirée of Hohenzollern, Princess Birgitta’s daughter, wore a diamond necklace with the pearl tiara that Birgitta received from her grandfather, King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden.
Vicky, the girlfriend (now wife) of Princess Christina’s son, Gustaf Magnuson, wore a gorgeous pair of pendant earrings.
Countess Gunnila Bernadotte af Wisborg, the widow of Count Carl Johan Bernadotte af Wisborg, wore her diamond aigrette tiara with pearls.
Countess Marianne Bernadotte af Wisborg, the widow of Count Sigvard Bernadotte af Wisborg, wore her amethyst and gold parure.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway wore her mother-in-law’s amethyst parure with the Order of the Polar Star.
Mette-Marit’s sister-in-law, Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, wore the small version of Queen Maud’s Pearl Tiara, plus a demi-parure set with either sapphires or tanzanites. She also wore the Order of the Polar Star.
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark donned the tiara from the Midnight Parure, a pair of diamond earrings, the Order of the Polar Star, and her mother-in-law’s family order.
Princess Marie of Denmark wore her usual sparkler: Princess Dagmar’s Floral Tiara. She also wore diamond earrings. She doesn’t have a Swedish order, so she wore her highest Danish order, the Order of the Elephant, plus her mother-in-law’s family order.
Princess Benedikte of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, one of Madeleine’s godparents, wore the star and pearl tiara that once belonged to Queen Sofia of Sweden. She also wore a set of diamond stars that belonged to Queen Victoria of Sweden, a diamond necklace that belonged to Queen Alexandrine of Denmark, and pearl earrings. She’s wearing the Order of the Polar Star, plus her father’s family order and the ribbon and badge of the Order of the Dannebrog. (Note: the man walking beside Benedikte isn’t her husband, Prince Richard; it’s Prince Andreas of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, first cousin of the Swedish king.)
Marie-Chantal of Greece and Denmark wore her daughter’s diamond fringe tiara, plus diamond earrings, a long delicate necklace, and the Order of Saints Olga and Sophia (her highest Greek order, as she doesn’t have a Swedish order).
Theodora of Greece and Denmark borrowed a diamond tiara from her sister, Alexia. She also wore diamond and pearl pendant earrings, a small diamond and pearl brooch, and the Order of Saints Olga and Sophia.
The Countess of Wessex borrowed an aquamarine tiara from her mother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II. She paired it with diamond earrings, a round diamond and aquamarine brooch, the Royal Victorian Order (her highest British order, as she doesn’t have a Swedish order), and Elizabeth II’s family order.
Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg wore the family’s suite of pearl and citrine jewelry for the first time at the wedding. Because she doesn’t have a Swedish order, she wore her highest Luxembourgish order, the Order of Adolphe of Nassau. (The citrines and the blue order sash also helpfully echoed the colors of the Swedish flag!)
Say it with me, everybody: Princess Charlene wore no jewelry. Maybe they forgot to pack her jewel case?
Princess Takamado, on the other hand, wore a delightful suite of matching pearl and diamond jewelry, including a tiara, a necklace, a pair of earrings, and two bracelets. Hisako doesn’t have a Swedish order, so she wore her highest Japanese order, the Order of the Precious Crown.
Princess Anna of Bavaria wore a tiara that reportedly belongs to her own family, the Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburgs, plus diamond earrings and a necklace with a vivid purple-pink gemstone.
Hereditary Princess Kelly of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha wore the family’s antique turquoise and diamond tiara at the wedding, plus small earrings and the Ducal Saxe-Coburg and Gotha House Order, which was revived by Kelly’s father-in-law in 2006.
The mother of the groom, Eva O’Neill, kept her jewelry simple, choosing a fascinator instead of a tiara and wearing (relatively) small diamond earrings.
Eva’s daughters, however, donned tiaras. Tatjana d’Abo wore a small diamond bandeau with a floral motif.
And Countess Natascha of Abensberg-Traun wore a delicate diamond meander bandeau with simple diamond earrings and an elaborate bracelet.
With less than a week until the Swedish royal wedding in Scotland, let’s continue our look back to the most recent Bernadotte weddings. Two years ago today, Princess Madeleine married Chris O’Neill in a wedding that will likely resemble the one her brother celebrates this weekend. Tomorrow, we’ll examine the tiaras from Madeleine’s wedding; today, let’s have a look at the jewels worn the night before!
For the pre-wedding dinner hosted by her parents, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm, Madeleine wore a gorgeous, glittering Elie Saab gown. She accessorized with dramatic earrings featuring an aquamarine drop.
Madeleine also wore one of the Bernadotte family’s diamond bracelets. (The green string you can see peeking out the diamonds is a Brazilian wish bracelet, designed to be worn until it falls off.)
Queen Silvia matched her jewelry to her red gown, wearing her set of modern diamond and ruby jewels.
Crown Princess Victoria, Madeleine’s sister, wore delicate diamond earrings and a coordinating bracelet.
Royal girlfriend Sofia Hellqvist — who will become Princess Sofia of Sweden later this week — wore gold earrings with a leaf motif for the dinner. (Beside her is one of Madeleine’s close friends, Louise Gottlieb, who went for a bit more sparkle with her earrings and bracelet.)
The king’s sisters also attended the pre-wedding dinner. Princess Margaretha wore diamond earrings and a diamond necklace, while Princess Birgitta wore a distinctive diamond cross necklace and diamond earrings.
The king’s third sister, Princess Désirée, is looking away from the camera in the photo above. She wore pearls for her niece’s pre-wedding dinner.
Princess Christina (one of Madeleine’s godparents) attended the dinner, too, wearing an extremely whimsical necklace and bracelet set.
Some of Madeleine’s Swedish cousins attended as well. That’s Princess Désirée of Hohenzollern, daughter of Princess Birgitta, wearing pearls and a stack of bracelets.
Princess Christina’s eldest son, Gustaf Magnuson, brought his girlfriend (now wife) Vicky, who wore a delicate diamond necklace.
A few foreign royals arrived early to attend the pre-wedding dinner as well. Princess Märtha Louise of Norway wore exuberant earrings with her green dress.
Princess Marie of Denmark went with slightly more subdued diamonds with her neutral evening gown.
The Greek royal cousins (who are related to the Swedes via their grandmother, Queen Ingrid of Denmark, who was King Carl XVI Gustaf’s aunt) brought a bit more sparkle. Princess Marie-Chantal wore a large golden cuff bracelet and glittering earrings with her sparkling dress.
Princess Tatiana wore statement diamond earrings and a stack of bracelets with her midnight-blue gown (probably my favorite dress of the entire evening!).
Princess Theodora went with simpler bracelets. (You can catch a glimpse of her golden bracelet, a Swedish/Danish family tradition, on her left wrist!)
Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg opted for diamond pendant earrings and an evening watch, plus a very sparkly clutch.
And, predictably, Princess Charlene of Monaco wore … absolutely no jewelry at all. You break my heart, Charlene.
But Princess Takamado did better in the jewelry department. The Japanese imperial ladies usually wear only white jewels, so it was extra exciting to see what looks like a sapphire in the clasp of Hisako’s pearl choker necklace.
Princess Anna of Bavaria wore a truly intriguing bracelet, plus a pair of pendant earrings.
Hereditary Princess Kelly of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha wore a stunning heirloom jewel: the Albany diamond necklace. It was a wedding gift to Princess Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont (the wife of Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, a son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert) from her parents in 1882. Leopold and Helena were the grandparents of Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, who was the mother of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
I’d be remiss, I think, if I didn’t include the glittering jewels worn by the groom’s family. Chris’s mother, Eva O’Neill, wore gold statement earrings and a jewel-studded clutch with her bright pink gown.
And Chris’s sisters, Countess Natascha of Abensberg-Traun and Tatjana d’Abo, also wore major jewels with their evening gowns.