The Antique Pearl Tiara, with and without Pearls
and The Pearl Button Tiara, with Stars and ButtonsMáxima's tiara journey started early, during her engagement. The Antique Pearl was the very first one, worn to the wedding of Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, when she sported it without the upright pearls. She's since added the pearls back in (a great improvement, in my humble opinion). She's also worn the Pearl Button in two versions: her wedding tiara was of course a special version with stars, and we only recently saw her wear the original.
The Mellerio Sapphire Tiara (Diamond Setting Only) and The Diamond Festoon Necklace TiaraThese both look somewhat like children's drawings of a tiara. Except only one of them could double as a mountain range.
Wilhelmina's Haircomb and a Diamond AigretteAnd finally, two pieces Máxima brought out from long sleeps in the vault: a diamond haircomb and an aigrette. What more will she find? This is why she's my sparkly fave.
Things we haven't seen Máxima wear include the Laurel Wreath and Ears of Wheat Tiaras, both of which have been worn by other princesses, and the Mellerio Sapphire (full version) and Württemberg Ornate Pearl Tiaras, both of which have been reserved for Queen Beatrix. And then of course there is the big gun to put the other big guns to shame: the Stuart Tiara, which has been napping since Queen Juliana's reign. What's next???
UPDATE: Here's what's next...
The Mellerio Sapphire Tiara in its full version (with a modified top) was her pick for the inauguration, and our first glimpse of her in one of the family whoppers.
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