Crown Princess Mette-Marit was born on August 19th, 1973, which makes today her 46th birthday! So in honor of this special occasion, I thought it might be fun to take a look back at “pre-engagement/engagement” Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby.
Here she is heading to work in July of 2000, about three months before the news of their eventual engagement was announced.
For our last entry in this series of “daughter in law” tiaras, we are focusing on the Diamond Daisy Tiara that Mette-Marit wore for her wedding.
This tiara of daisies surrounded by scalloped circles, was made in 1910 and was given to Mette-Marit by King Harald and Queen Sonja. It is believed to have been made by Garrard.
For the 1999 movie, An Ideal Husband, Cate Blanchett either wore either this tiara or a duplicate. Since the movie was released two years prior to the wedding, it may indeed be the same tiara. As Garrard’s provides loans to movie makers, and has sold jewelry to the Norwegians in the past, it is likely the tiara came from them.
In the years after the wedding, this has become Mette-Marit’s most worn tiara, although she has worn others from the vault as well.
The Case for the Tiara
LiL: I LOVE this tiara. Would I like to see her shake it up a bit, and branch out more often? Sure. But this is so HER, that I can’t complain too much.
The Handbag: Can a tiara be low-key? If so, this is it. It is lovely. Feminine. Very MM, and will be suitable for Ingrid Alexandra when the time comes. It is so…..Norwegian. It never shouts, it whispers.
LG: I’m not usually one for smaller tiaras, but this one is gorgeous. It is perfectly suited for our Norwegian Crown Princess, and will one day suit Ingrid Alexandra as well.
The Case against the Tiara
OC: As part of MM’s reimaging campaign, this piece cannot be beat. However, this is not the tiara of a Crown Princess, but rather her daughter coming of age.
Today we turn our eyes to that Scandinavian beauty with the propensity for ruffles and prints, Crown Princess Mette-Marit. At the 2015 wedding of Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo, Mette-Marit wore a bespoke Giambattista Valli gown. The dress featured several of Mette-Marit’s signature touches: a high neck, long sleeves, and a flowing, printed skirt. The bodice and skirt fabric is chiffon, and the neck and waist are embellished with black lace.
As you can see, the dress fit in with the attire of the other attendees very nicely. She wore flat sandals to complete the easy breezy summer effect.
The Case For the Dress
The Handbag – Ok, so bear with me. It’s a pretty dress, and it really reflects the wearer. It is flowing and soft and it suits her glowing skin. It is a lovely, summery color. The black accents enhance the subtle flower pattern, and do not overwhelm. It may ping prairie to North American eyes, but for a glamorous European island wedding, I think it telegraphs summer sunlight and celebration.
LiL: She’s worn worse. Is that defense enough? LOL
The Case Against the Dress
OC: Newp. It’s a black bib gone too far. I agree with the esteemed Handbag that the black accents don’t overwhelm the dress. For me, they are just plain ugly. Honestly, I’d prefer no black. But if I have to I could live with the black belt and the black clutch. Otherwise, no thanks.
LG: Just no. Black, crocheted bibs do not belong with a floaty, summery floral.