The Leuchtenberg Sapphire Tiara
This tiara is one of my many personal favourites in the Swedish collection and lord let me tell you I cannot wait to see it on Crown Princess Victoria.
This tiara was brought to Sweden by Josephine of Leuchtenberg, the granddaughter of Empress Josephine, who married Oscar I of Sweden & Norway and became the Queen Consort of Sweden & Norway.
Josephine inherited the sapphire set from her mother, the Duchess of Leuchtenberg who recieved the set as a wedding gift from Napoleon Bonaparte when she wed his step son Eugène de Beauharnais.
The tiara features 11 sapphires framed in diamonds on a diamond base of honeysuckle and leaf motifs, the tiara originally had pearls that could be mounted in place of the sapphires, but they have since been lost.
In addition to the tiara, the set includes a broach, earrings, a necklace and two hairpins, and we know the Swedes love them some hair jewelery.
Queen Silvia has said that this tiara is “not heavy” and “easy to wear” making it one of her favourites.
A unique trait of this tiara is that is can be laid completely flat making it very convienient to travel with. It can also be adjusted to be worn open or closed.
Queen Silvia has described the tiara as being “very practical” and it has become Queen Silvia’s go to tiara for making state visits abroad.
Although for the past 37 years the tiara has been worn exclusively by Queen Silvia it is not strictly reserved for Queens. The most noteable exception was at the pre-wedding dinner for King Carl XVI Gustaf and Silvia Sommerlath it was worn by the King’s sister Brigitta.
Victoria has previously worn parts of the parure but I’m hoping we might be seeing this tiara on Crown Princess Victoria before she ascends the throne.
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