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Royal Mythbusters: Tiaras

Myth (noun\ (ˈmith ) – a widely held but false belief or idea.
synonyms:  mistaken belief, false notion, fiction, delusion, figment of the imagination.

Which rule shall we take on next? How about this oldie but goodie: only married women are allowed to wear tiaras. “She’s forbidden to wear a tiara because she’s not married yet” spout all of the so called “experts” at least 148,000 times a year.

From the experts at Brides Magazine – “Believe it or not, per royal tradition, unmarried women are prohibited from wearing tiaras in public”.

WRONG!

Royal ladies in Denmark don’t have to wait until marriage for tiaras. Daisy in the Alexandrine diamond drop in 1958. Benedikte and her floral in 1962.

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The good folks at The Cut schooled us on royal wedding etiquette.- “It’s considered a massive faux pas to wear one (tiara) when the bride is planning on wearing one, so please leave yours at home.”

NOPE!

We all know the Swedes would never leave their tiaras at home for any reason, especially for one as silly as that. Victoria wore her first tiara in 1995 as a guest at Prince Joachim and Alexandra’s wedding, while Madeleine started with Princess Martha Louise’s wedding in 2002.

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From jeweler Geoffery Munn, another so called expert (He is so wrong on so many levels that I wonder if he’s ever even seen a royal in a tiara before) – “The ancient etiquette is that you wear one for the first time on the occasion of your marriage. This is because they symbolise the loss of innocence and the crowning of love.”

*HYSTERICAL LAUGHTER*

Norwegian royals start young as well. Princess Astrid was the First Lady of Norway after her mother’s death in 1954, so you know she wore tiaras pre marriage. Martha Louise wore them as well.

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From MSN – “It has been tradition for numerous years that only a married woman, or bride, can wear a tiara.” 

SERIOUSLY?

The Netherlands rolls the same as everyone else. Beatrix and Irene in tiaras before their marriages as well.

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“Well,” I hear them saying, “maybe those other royals do, but they certainly don’t do it in Britain!” From The Sun’s experts – “Only married women wear tiaras at social events.”

TRY AGAIN.

Princess Margaret started wearing tiaras in the early ’50s. Anne in the late 60s.

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Of course these are but a drop in the Unmarried Lady Tiara Bucket. There are at least million more examples from every royal house out there.

Do you have a favorite Unmarried Lady Tiara Moment? Toss it in the comments below!

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ROYGBIV—Purple jewelry

It’s Thursday once again friends and that brings us to Purple jewelry in our ROYGBIV series. For those new to the Handbag, you can read back on the other jewel entries at these links:  Red jewelryOrange jewelryYellow jewelry,  Green jewelry and Blue jewelry. Let’s get started.

Britain

The brooch from the Kent Amethyst parure sings to me, even when worn without its pendants.

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Norway

Mette Marit wore the Amethyst Necklace Tiara at Daisy’s 70th birthday celebrations. The soft makeup here with the braid here is so beautiful. The next slide shows Martha Louise wearing quite a few of the amethyst pieces at Sweden #1’s wedding.

Luxembourg

Luxembourg has an amethyst and pearl bandeau that has seen itself passed through many members of the family. I think the necklace grabs my attention the most.

Denmark

Marie of Denmark has had a tiara designed for her which includes amethysts, but really has only been seen in public once in 2014. The Flora Danica is meant to represent Marie, Joachim and Henrik as it was designed prior to Athena’s arrival.

Sweden

THIS is the Swedish amethyst necklace I’m concerned with…not that one that’s stapled to a frame and worn as a tiara (she writes with a cheeky wink). Victoria wore these items to the 2015 Nobels while pregnant with Estelle. Oscar. I love the brooch and earrings as well.

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Monaco

Charlene really knocks me off my socks sometimes, and this Dior dinner in 2013 was one of them. Look at those earrings!

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Do these purple gems delight you? Who should wear more purple jewelry and what should she wear?

Show us your favorite purple jewelry in the comments!

Norway

Random Royaling – Auntie Astrid Lends a Hand

President Moon Jae-In and First Lady Kim Jung-sook of South Korea were in Norway on June 12th and 13th for a state visit. Unfortunately both Queen Sonja and Crown Princess Mette-Marit were absent due to illness, so who do you think they called in to cover? Princess Astrid, or Auntie Astrid, as we call her in these parts, is who. The 87 year young princess worked this event like a boss, with a little help from King Harald and Crown Prince Haakon.

Astrid was not at the drizzly welcome ceremony, but she did attend the official luncheon at the Royal Palace. I am very fond of both of the lady’s outfits, which are dignified with a little embellished zazz. I particularly love that Astrid added a zippy hat to finish off the ensemble.

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Photo: Oskar Aanmoen / Royal Central.

Unfortunately, the photos from the banquet are few and we have no glimpses of Auntie Astrid, nor can we confirm she was there. We do have this lovely shot of the First Lady in a traditional dress, though!

The President and First Lady are now headed to Sweden, so keep an eye on this space for more information on their Scandinavian sweep.

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ROYGBIV-Purple

Well hello there—it’s about that time again! Today’s featured color of the ROYGBIV series is Violet, but for us regular folks, we’ll just call it purple for now. Feel free to get comfy and review our other ROYGBIV discussions–click back and review Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, and Blue/Indigo. If you’re new to the site, there are also corresponding posts in the ROYGBIV-Jewels portions of the program!

Sweden

It seems that I’ve been leading off with Sweden lately, and today will be no different. First off we have Victoria at Oma’s going away party back in 2013 (side note–six years already!) in this deeply saturated gown.

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Indulge me when I post the original styling at the 2009 Nobels, which I MUCH prefer. It just goes to show the same dress with different accoutrement is a different being.

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Silvia wore this gown to a Scandanavian gala in New York back in 2011. I’m not drawn to the purple as much as the cut of the bodice here. I don’t remember her wearing a lot of that shape (plus bonus Big Bird sighting in the slideshow).

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Christina wore this simple but lovely silhouette to Leonore’s christening.

Hey there Uncle Tordie…I seeeeeee you.

Bavaria

Princess Anna of Bavaria looked like a million bucks at Sweden #3’s wedding back in 2013. My only quibble is her necklace, but we’ll let it slide.

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Greece

Anne Marie wore this gown for her sister’s 40th anniversary of accession party back in 2012. One of her finer gala appearances, in my opinion.

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Denmark

For those with lace fatigue, avert your gaze. Daisy’s eggplant gown with lace overlay was most recently seen at sister Benedikte’s birthday party in April 2019.

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And who can forget her costume at Mr. & Mrs. Sweden’s 25th Anniversary party?

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Romania

Margareta wore this delightful ensemble in Bucharest in 2017. I think it flatters her immensely.

Spain

Sophia has worn this gorgeous suit with just the right touch of whimsy a few times. It really is a spectacular suit.

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Letizia wowed us when Peru came to visit in 2019 in a repeated ballgown.

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Norway

Sonja is never one to shy away from a ruffle.

Mette Marit wore this chic outfit when Singapore came to visit in 2016.

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And Martha Louise wore a traditional ballgown at Sweden #3’s wedding.

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Jordan

Haya looking simply gorgeous in this beautiful (what appears to be a) caftan.

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Belgium

Despite my general dislike of Mathilde’s multiple vertical pleats, this floaty gown was super flattering on her when Australia came to visit.

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Britain

With Elizabeth and the purple, simple wins the day for me.

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Diana wore this fantastic suit to perfection. So smart.

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Beatrice wore a deeper shade at the 2018 Met Gala “Heavenly Bodies”.

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Britain’s final entry is Betty Senior, shown here at the 1985 Epsom Derby.

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Netherlands

Máxima wore this statement gown in Singapore back in 2013.

Sumptious fabric–check. Questionable shoes–check. Subtle, giant diamonds–check. All hail my favorite lady Oma!

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And although it’s bordering on burgundy, I want to give a special nod to her abdication outfit, because Miss Lady looked fantastic as she signed things over to Wax.

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Do you like any of these garments? Would you want to see any of them again?

OK, friends! Have at it! Show us your preferred purples in the comments!

Don’t despair–ROYGBIV lives on next week with Violet Jewels, and then we will branch out into other colors such as pink, silver & gray, gold, black, white, black & white, florals, and possibly even plaid. Get to researching!

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ROYGBIV—Blue jewelry

Happy Thursday, Handbaggers! It’s time for blue jewelry. If you are new to our community, please do take a moment and review the other colors covered thus far: Red jewelry, Orange jewelry, Yellow jewelry, and Green jewelry. Don’t worry you aquamarine lovers—plenty to see here! Let’s get started.

Sweden

Ooooooh I do love me an appearance of their Coronation Necklace and Madeleine wore it beautifully at her sister’s 2010 wedding.

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Britain

I just love this photo of Elizabeth’s Aquamarine Tiara in its original form, which I think quite attractive. And we all know, I prefer almost any necklace without the pendants so I find this outing very successful.

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A timely entry for these sapphire earrings, as they were worn during the 2019 incoming state visit from the United States.

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Sophie’s tiara is growing on me. Very slowly, but it is indeed growing on me.

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How excited was I to see my beloved aquamarine pinecones at the banquet this week? I cannot explain my admiration for them. They make me smile. You can read more at the Court Jeweller.

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And last but not least, my favorite of Betty’s sapphires because of their beauty and that her beloved papa gave them to her. Read more about them at Her Majesty’s Jewel Vault.

The Natural Sapphire Company

Netherlands

Another fabulous entry from our Dutch friends with this unusual piece. More fabulous information from dutchroyaljewels, as always!

I gave a hint to this during ROYGBIV-Blue last week, and I really do love this smaller tiara. This week we’ll show it on Maxima wearing some other spectacular pieces of the Dutch vault.

Italy

It’s a stretch to include the Barberini, as it technically isn’t royal, but it’s hard for me to ignore. You can read more about it and the rest of the parure at Order of Sartorial Splendor.

France

Queen Amelie’s Sapphire & Diamond parure is quite impressive. I feel like the tiara is somehow unbalanced with the size of the other pieces, but I’ll take it.

Luxembourg

Absolute my favorite tiara coming out of this tiny country. Looks good on everyone. Please visit our friends at Luxarazzi for more information.

Norway

Auntie Astrid’s got about the only turquoise pieces I can tolerate, and even the tiara doesn’t thrill me. But she wears them with her usual panache, and who can ask more than that!

And my final comment? Denmark and Belgium–GET IT TOGETHER. I can’t even bring myself to post the paltry amount of blue in your houses.

What say you about these blue examples? Would you like to see other people wear any of these pieces besides the current holder? Show us your favorite blue royal jewels in the comments!