“You DO wear it on your head! I just LOVE finding new places to wear diamonds.”
Oh, the insightful and always wonderful Lorelei Lee, from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Truth is, we all have a fascination with tiaras. Pair them with a love affair and a royal wedding, and we’re sold. This weekend, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden married Daniel Westling, a “man of the people”: Daniel used to be Princess Victoria’s personal trainer.
The wedding took place at the Stockholm Cathedral. 1,200 people were in attendance, including royal guests and dignitaries, plus 500,000 people who lined the streets, and an estimated 500 million TV viewers from around the world.
Not since Prince Charles and Lady Diana’s nuptials has there been a wedding so anticipated among royal watchers. However, unlike that ill-fated pairing, this one’s a real love story.
The details of the bride’s wedding gown remained under wraps until her big day, but it was widely expected she would wear one of the Swedish royal family’s most prized crown jewels for her walk down the aisle: The Cameo Tiara.
Once owned by Napoleon’s Empress Josephine, The Cameo Tiara came to the Swedish royal family when Josephine’s granddaughter Josefina married the future King Oscar I in 1823.
The pearl-covered diadem, heightened by seven cameos depicting mythological figures, has become traditional bridal headgear in the House of Bernadotte (the Swedish dynasty), with Victoria’s mother, Queen Silvia, wearing it on her own wedding day on June 19, 1976.
But the Cameo wasn’t the only magnificent tiara on display this weekend. Victoria’s stunning sister, Princess Madeleine, wore the Connaught Tiara designed with loops of diamond forget-me-not flowers secured by bows with diamond drops. Her royal statement necklace is made of Ceylon sapphires, baroque pearls and diamonds.
Queen Silvia wore the Braganca Diamond Tiara – a French 18th century piece that was modernized around 1820 to give it its current form. It is also called the Brazilian Tiara because it belonged to the Brazilian Empress Amelie, the younger sister of Swedish Queen Josefina.
Below, pictures of the royal women in attendance of Princess Victoria’s wedding with, of course, their jewels.