07 August 2014

Tiara Thursday: The King Olav Gift Tiara

The King Olav Gift Tiara
Add this one to your list of 18th birthday tiaras (others include Crown Princess Victoria's 18th Birthday Tiara, the Swedish Aquamarine Bandeau, Princess Benedikte's Floral Tiara, the Antique Corsage Tiara, and the Alexandrine Drop Tiara): this was an 18th birthday gift from King Olav V of Norway to his granddaughter Princess Märtha Louise. Made by Garrard, it's a small tiara of scattered diamond foliage (very petite ears of wheat, it looks like) with a few tiny pearls in the body and small pearl accents along the top.
Princess Märtha Louise
This is by far the tiara we see most often on Princess Märtha Louise. It's the only one she personally owns, and in Norway they tend to stick to their own tiaras. There are exceptions every now and then, though, and so we've seen her borrow another tiara on a handful of occasions (Queen Maud's Pearl and Diamond Tiara for her wedding and Princess Madeleine's wedding, the Amethyst Necklace Tiara for Crown Princess Victoria's wedding, the bandeau of the Malteser Tiara on at least one occasion). I find that I like her in those special tiaras more than this one, but I recall from our ultimate tiara voting that King Olav's Gift Tiara has plenty of admirers out there.

Is this your favorite tiara on Märtha Louise?

Photos: PA and Royal Court of Norway