Yesterday (August 25th) was M-M and Haakon’s 18th wedding anniversary so I’m going to wrap up our “Mini-Mette-Marit” celebration with some photos from the various pre-wedding events, like photocalls, dinner parties, sailing events… you know, all of the usual Scandinavian royals pre-wedding fun! And if you’re hankering for some actual wedding day coverage, OC’s got you covered here, with her very first Masterpiece Theater entry – Mette Marit’s Wedding Gown.
There were two photocalls before their wedding, the first at The Royal Palace in Oslo…
In a move highly reminiscent of Their Majesties 80th Birthday celebrations from just a couple of years ago, the royal couple hosted a pre-wedding day “at sea” for their guests on August 24th, followed by a formal dinner at Akershus Castle.
Those Norways sure know how to party. And they slip so easily between oo-la la tiaras and big puffy ski jackets! No wonder they are the RF I’d most like to be adopted by! So what say you? Did everyone get it right for the times? Or do some leave you scratching your heads? Let us know in the comments. And feel free to share any photos you might have of the events as well!
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.