Denmark · Tiaras

In Defense of the Tiara – Alexandrine Diamond Drop

For our next face-off we’re going with tiaras that were gifted to the brides by their new in-laws. These can either be from the vaults, as today’s is, or newly purchased. Let’s jump in!

Not a great shot of the tiara, I know, but c’mon…that’s a fab pic!
Better? 🙂

The History

This one entered the Danish vault around the turn of the last century courtesy of Queen Alexandrine. We’re not sure of the exact provenance, some saying it was made in Paris around 1912, others saying it was Alexandrine’s own 18th birthday tiara, but there’s no solid evidence either way.

What we do know is that when Queen Alexandrine passed away in 1952 this tiara was inherited by her son, King Frederik IX. Six years later Frederik presented the tiara to Princess Margrethe as her 18th birthday tiara.

As usually happens, after King Frederik’s death and Margrethe’s accession this tiara was chosen less and less as the new Queen had access to the entire jewelry vault. But it was given new life in 1995, when Prince Joachim married Alexandra Manley. Alexandra wore this tiara on her wedding day, and for all tiara events afterward, as it was her only tiara.

The Case for the Tiara

OC: I like this piece on craftsmanship alone. In another community I had mentioned I thought it looked like water droplets on spider webs and I imagine it’s difficult to achieve that using rocks. I appreciate its symmetry.

The Handbag: I love this. No one can tell me it isn’t a beautiful, twinkly thing. I think it must be nestled in the hair, and when Alex was a princess she obliged us by doing so, often. It cannot be perched. That ruins it.

The Case against the Tiara

LiL: Not a fan. I mean, it’s okaaaay, but there are others out there that do a much better job of looking like water droplets on spider webs.

LG: It’s pretty enough, but once I read “water drops on spider webs” I was done… Any tiara described as looking like spider webs is no tiara for me. Although, Alexandra wears it extremely well.

So…what do you guys think?

What are your thoughts on the Alexandrine Diamond Drop Tiara?

Denmark Celebrates Dannebrog

Denmark celebrated the 800th anniversary of the Danish flag (Dannebrog) on June 15th. According to myth, the flag fell from the sky during a battle between the Danish King Valdemar and local chieftains in Estonia in 1219. Celebrations took place in multiple locations through out Denmark, and also in Estonia where Queen Margrethe began a two day visit in commemoration of both Dannebrog, and Estonia’s 100 years of independence.

Margrethe was greeted by Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid. (Doesn’t she look sharp!? I love that coat!) Later she visited the “Danish King’s Garden” where she saw the sculpture, “Memorial for Old King”. The sculpture was erected in 1969 on the occasion of the 750-year celebration of the legend of Dannebrog, and Her Majesty was given a copy of the oldest known version of the flag.

Photos:  Keld Navntoft, Ritzau Scanpix © – Kongehuset

Back at home, Fred and Mary attended the ceremonies in Vordingborg, which was King Valdemar’s city. Doesn’t she look fabulous!? This is the Mary of old, right here. Quite possibly our first “Poppins” appearance of 2019.

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And finally, Joachim and Marie attended a service led by Bishop Peter Skov-Jakobsen in The Church of Our Lady – Copenhagen Cathedral. I love everything about Marie’s look, especially the color of her dress and the hat. I’ll take both please, and thanks!

Photos:  Chris Christophersen © – Kongehuset

I thought all of our Danish ladies looked especially nice for such a special occasion. How about you? Which of the three was your favorite?

And if you’re interested, more information on Dannebrog’s fall, as well as Day Two of Margrethe’s visit can be found at both the Kongehuset website, and at their Facebook page, Det Danske Kongehus


In Defense of the Tiara Headpiece – Daisy’s Poppies

We started this week in Denmark, so it feels right to end it there as well. Today let’s discuss one of the more interesting headpieces to reside in a royal vault: The Golden Poppies.

This headpiece was commissioned by Margrethe in 1976 from Danish artist Arje Griegst. The flowers are made from hammered gold, with moonstones, aquamarines, pearls, crystals, opals and diamonds, representing dew drops and tiny bejeweled insects (not a sentence I ever thought I’d write).

The Case For the Tiara

The Handbag: All right. Just hear me out here. First I am throwing out a bunch of qualifiers, but I do overall think this piece is interesting and could even be attractive! I don’t think this works for Daisy’s coloring and it definitely doesn’t flatter her grey hair, so we aren’t seeing it at its best. I do think on dark hair, arranged in a more concentrated fashion (maybe something along the lines of Charlene’s wedding hair), they could be both unusual and stunning. Yes, stunning.

OC: I agree with the illustrious Handbag with the Poppies. The flowers themselves are lovely, but the sturdy gold hairnet doesn’t belong on anyone. I look forward to seeing them on darker hair and love the idea of hairpins being made available to junior princesses for fancy gatherings.

LiL: This gets a yes from me. Not because of what it is today, but because of what it can possibly become. On Mary’s head.

The Case Against the Tiara

LG: I’m sorry…I just can’t with this one. I agree with my fellow Hofdames that this might be something, one day, on Mary. But that’s a very big might. For now I hope this stays tucked away in the very back corner of the vault.

What do you guys think?

What do you think of Daisy's Golden Poppies?

Battle of the Tiaras – Hanging Pearls

On to our next round of tiara fun…we’ve had fun defending tiaras, or not defending them, but now we’re going to put some famous tiaras up against each other.

We’re going to start with a good one: hanging pearls. Let’s see which of these beauties takes the crown!

Queen Mary’s / Cambridge Lover’s Knot

Queen Mary had this tiara made, inspired by one owned by her aunt, Grand Duchess Augusta of Mecklenburg-Strelitz’s. It originally had pearl toppers above the lover’s knots, but those were later removed. Queen Elizabeth inherited this tiara upon Mary’s death in 1953. It was later gifted to Diana, Princess of Wales, upon her marriage to Prince Charles. On their divorce, the tiara returned to the vault, to be loaned again to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

The Danish Pearl Poire Tiara

The Pearl Poire tiara first came to Denmark in the vaults of Princess Louise of Sweden, who married the future King Frederik VIII in 1869. The tiara was inherited by Louise upon the death of her mother, Queen Louise of Sweden, who inherited it from her mother, Princess Louise of the Netherlands. It became part of a married parure with a necklace and earrings which were a present from the Khedive of Egypt. The married parure has been worn by all Danish Queens since Louise: Alexandrine, Ingrid and Margrethe II.

The Cartier Pearl Drop Tiara

This Monégasque  tiara was made by Cartier as a wedding present for Princess Charlotte of Monaco, from her husband Count Pierre de Polignac. Charlotte was the grandmother of Prince Rainier. Princess Charlotte wore the tiara to a pre-wedding event for Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly. We’re not sure if Princess Grace ever wore this tiara, although there is a painting of her maybe wearing it… The tiara was then passed on to Princess Caroline, who has been wearing it ever since.

Which hanging pearl tiara is your favorite?

Random Royaling – Daisy Welcomes 79

I sound like an old person but didn’t Daisy just turn 75? We just had a big party and all. Time is a flying, and things are a changing. Christian is morphing into Fred, Isabella is wearing Mary’s Massimo Dutti Reversible coat, Josephine has emerged as a family style queen, and Vincent – well, he still charms every woman in his path.

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Heaven has tentatively identified Mary’s green coat as Theory, and it seems as good a guess as any!