Sweden · Tiaras

Ten Best for the Tenth Anniversary-Wedding Guest Attire

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a dozen times here on the Bag…THIS is the event that keeps on giving. These guests are in no particular order, until the very last (and best according to this Hofdame). Let’s get down to business!

Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg

He may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I think we can all agree this is a fine appearance in a striking uniform.

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Princess Tatiana of the Hellenes

For some reason, this gown just screams junior Greek royal family to me. It’s a bit seaside, a bit floaty, and a bit glam all at the same time.

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Parents of the groom, Olle and Ewa Westling

Both of these people have a LOT of sartorial competition and I think they each did more than holding their own. Mrs. Westling looks lovely in what looks to be a dove gray somewhat traditional mother dress. Mr. Westling can do white tie just as well as anyone.

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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark

Daisy brought her A-game in the Green Apple Awesomeness.

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Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands

The striking entry into the division is worthy of discussion. Black and white with red accents kept true to this princess’s quirky style.

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King Abdullah of Jordan

He always smartens up nicely. Throw in white tie and hey there!

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Parents of the bride, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden

Mom brought out baby pink for her baby girl’s wedding and Captain Sweden shines in full regalia.

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Queen Anne Marie of the Hellenes

I mayyyy be cheating a bit with this entry as it could be I love Anne Marie’s outfit because of the fine ruby parure suite accompanying the navy gown.

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Princess Claire of Belgium

This princess is often turned out quite nicely, but I find this red gown to be one of her finer appearances.

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Hofdame’s Choice

We’ve come to the end of our post. It should be no surprise that Infanta Elena of Spain, Duchess of Lugo is my winner here. You can read more about this fabulosity in our Masterpiece Theater entry for this ensemble.

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What say you? Who were some of your favorite entries in the wedding guest division? Show us a photo and tell us why you love the appearance in the comments!

Denmark · Tiaras

Fix This Fiasco–Daisy’s Turquoise Pieces

I refuse to call this set a parure. I suppose it technically meets the definition, but your pal OC just can’t do it.

Turquoise is a stone which means many different things to many people. Many of these pieces are gifts from the late Henrik so there is added sentimentality.

It’s a small bandeau rarely seen. What can we do with it?

Lots of pieces. Big and bigger.


Do any of these pieces go with each other?

Do you want to see these pieces on the next queen or different family members?

How would you fix this fiasco to make Daisy’s turquoise more palatable to you?

Sweden · Tiaras

In Defense of the Tiara – The Cameo

Time for a perennial love it or hate it tiara…the Swedish Cameo Tiara. This one dates back to the coronation of Napoleon, apparently made for Josephine by the court’s jeweler Marie-Étienne Nitot.

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Upon Josephine’s death in 1814, it seems her son, Eugene inherits the tiara. Eugene was later created Duke of Leuchtenberg by his father in law, King Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria. Eugene’s eldest daughter, Josephine, married Crown Prince Oscar of Sweden, with the Cameos accompanying her to Sweden. They then take a winding trip through the Swedish Royal Family: from Josefina to her daughter Eugenie; Eugenie to her nephew Eugen (who loaned them to Crown Princess Margareta); and then Eugen to Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha as a wedding present.

Two of Sibylla’s daughters wore the tiara for their weddings, as well as the current Queen Silvia and Crown Princess Victoria.

The Case For the Tiara

LuckeyGirl: This one did take me a while to warm up to. While never actively hating it, it was one of those “oh…that tiara” ones. Until Victoria wore it on her wedding day. It was absolute perfection with her wedding gown, and became a firm favorite; I even started liking it in previously outings (except Silvia’s wedding look…still don’t like that one). The history is one of the draws, but I love the idea of a tiara with nary a diamond (yes, I love the Cut Steel too…oh, future post…).

The Handbag: I love it. It is my favorite tiara. Is it intrinsically pretty? Hmmmmm, well you have to love cameos and gold and that is a hard sell. I love it because it is history in jewelry form – come on, it dates back to Napoleon. I also love that it is distinctive, that it comes with an awesome whatever-you-call-it parure (you can tell I am not the jewelry expert around here), and that is a challenge to wear. I still maintain that the one truly successful contemporary outing was on Vickan’s head, at her wedding.

The Case Against the Tiara

LiL: DISCLAIMER: Written prior to my complete Cameo tiara awakening. You aaaall think you know where this is headed, right? Not so fast. I mean, yeah, I still don’t care for it, but…BUT. I don’t hate it anymore. That’s something, right? I think it’s all of the photoshops I’ve done of it over the years that has softened my opinion. I really love it “on” Maddie and Sofia. So yeah, not a hard pass anymore. More of a “If I have to, okay. But don’t expect me to wear it all the time.”

OC: This was a tough one for me, but overall it’s a no. Victoria SLAYED on her wedding day, and the history on this piece alone should put me in the Yes column but I just can’t. The gold and the mismatching of the cameo colors with seed pearls makes me bonkers. I only want to see it in photos of Victoria’s wedding. The parure is also generally hideous.

Now for the fun…love it or leave it?

How do you feel about the Cameo Tiara?
Denmark · Japan · Netherlands · Tiaras

Battle of the Tiaras – Star Edition

And here we are again…time for a Battle. Side note: anyone remember Celebrity Deathmatch from MTV in the 90s? For some reason this reminds me of that…without the death or bad claymation…

As The Handbag suggested over on the Japanese Abdication post we are going to put some star tiaras up against each other.

Máxima’s Wedding Tiara

Starting with my fave star tiara, the Wedding Tiara of Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti. Worn for her wedding to Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, The Prince of Orange on February 2, 2002; Maxima took the base of the Pearl Button Tiara, and topped it with Queen Emma’s Diamond Star Brooches, she created her own special tiara for the day.

Benedikte’s Star and Pearl Tiara

Princess Benedikte of Denmark inherited this tiara upon her mother’s death in 2000. Queen Ingrid inherited this tiara from her grandmother, Queen Victoria of Sweden (originally Princess of Baden). Victoria was given the tiara by her mother-in-law, Queen Sofia, who in turn was gifted the tiara for her wedding to Crown Prince Oscar of Sweden in 1857. The tiara features alternating stars and pearls, set on diamond spikes.

The Meiji Scroll Tiara

We briefly talked about this one over in the Abdication post, but let’s get some deeper history. This one is said to be by Chaumet, dating from around 1885 or so. This one is reserved for the Empress alone, and every Empress from Empress Shōken on has worn it. Empress Shōken was the one who replaced the diamond toppers with stars (a woman after my own heart). Empress Kōjun, consort of Emperor Hirohito, also wore this version.

Which star tiara lights up your night?

Housekeeping note: The United States has a holiday on Monday, 25 May and The Handbag will be taking the day off. We will return on Tuesday, 26 May!

Sweden · Tiaras

Tiny Tweaks-The Six Button

Many of us enjoyed the two part Swedish documentary on royal jewels “Kungliga smycken” which aired recently on SVT. I think it’s fair to say that at least a few community members have changed their opinions on some of the featured pieces.

Here is the Six Button Tiara. We can read and look at documentaries about the history of this piece elsewhere. Today, let’s focus on what tiny tweaks you could make to this diadem that would make it more wearable for you.

Let’s have some sparkly (mostly Nobel) appearance examples to get things going…first up is Crown Princess Victoria.

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Next is Princess Christina with a healthy dose of Hey There Uncle Tordie.

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And finally, the lovely Lilian.

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What tiny changes would you make to this piece? Would you add any colored stones?

You don’t have to like it, or even care about the rich history…but what would make it more wearable for you?