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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!


Battle of the Tiaras – Big Gun Edition

Following up on last week’s discussion on the Luxembourg Empire Tiara, we’re going all in on the big guns! Let’s see which of these comes out on top.

The Bragança  Tiara

This is the biggest gun, and one of the oldest, in the Swedish vault. Originally owned by Empress Amélie  of Brazil (hence one name for this one – The Brazilian Tiara), it was then inherited by her sister Queen Josephine of Sweden upon Amélie’s death in 1873. While the sharing from the Swedish vaults is legendary (although not as widespread as the Dutch), this one is reserved solely for the Queen.

The Stuart Tiara

The name for this tiara comes from the Stuart Diamond which is the centerpiece of this tiara. The stone originally belonged to King William III and Queen Mary of England. The diamond is a massive, rose cut, pear shaped 39.75 carat wonder, and it has a pale blue-greenish tint to it. Upon King William’s death in 1702 the stone returned to the Netherlands. Since then it has been worn as a brooch, a pendant, and ultimately as the main stone of the Stuart Tiara, which was created in 1897 for Queen Wilhelmina’s inauguration. This was a favorite of Wilhelmina’s daughter, Queen Juliana, but was not worn by Queen Beatrix. Luckily for us, Queen Maxima seems to have taken a shine to it.

Queen Sophie’s Diamond Tiara

The Greek entry for this battle is Queen Sophie’s Diamond Tiara. Princess Sophie of Prussia received this tiara as a wedding present upon her marriage to Crown Prince Constantine of Greece in 1889. It is thought to have been a gift from one of her many royal relatives (being a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, there were quite a few), with most guessing her mother, Empress Friedrich, or her brother, Kaiser Wilhelm II. Upon Sophie’s death in 1932, the tiara was next worn by Queen Friederike, born Princess of Hanover, her daughter in law. When Friederike passed away in 1981, the tiara disappeared from view, with many thinking it had been sold during exile. Marie Chantal surprised us all when she wore this piece to Queen Margrethe’s Ruby Jubilee in 2012.

Which of these Big Guns is your favorite?

Royal Rock Retrospective

One of the things I most love about royalty is the ability to display history through the use of house jewelry. Today, we’ll take a quick look at one of my favorite tiaras, the Dutch Antique Pearl.

Here we have current Queen Máxima wearing it.

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One generation back we have have former Queen (now Princess) Beatrix and her sisters Margriet and Irene.

Beatrix and her magical bouffant.
Margriet, a family workhorse and always a treat to see.
Princess Christina of the Netherlands (L) and Princess Irene of the Netherlands arrive on April 29, 2013 to attend a dinner at the National Museum (Rijksmuseum) in Amsterdam hosted by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands on the eve of her abdication. AFP PHOTO / POOL / ROBIN UTRECHTROBIN UTRECHT/AFP/Getty Images

Another generation back we have the formidable Juliana…

Juliana and her fab cat eye glasses.

And lastly, we have Wilhelmina.

Wilhelmina, a queen uncharacteristically portrayed without earrings in this image.

Lots of the Orange ladies have worn it over the years and I think it is a classic that will serve them well through future generations.