The blog is taking a break for the rest of the week. Here's a whole bunch of sparkle to tide you over:
Queen Silvia has plenty of tiara variety at her disposal with the extensive Swedish collection, and she has made good use of it throughout her marriage. That said, observing which tiaras she selects for which events quickly shows a loose pattern: the Braganza for the biggest occasions, the Leuchtenberg sapphires and the Nine Prong alternating for important occasions that don't warrant the Braganza, and everything else thrown in here and there for the rest. Excepting special occasions, she tends to be the sole wearer of many of the tiaras she favors.
So, as we approach another Nobel ceremony, a tiara retrospective is needed for our Swedish queen. Stick around to vote for your favorite! (And see previously: Victoria's tiaras, and Madeleine's tiaras.)
We have covered all of these in depth before, so click on the tiara name for details as always.
|Nobel Prize video screencap|
|Frankie Fouganthin via Wikimedia Commons|
|Presidência da República Portuguesa|
|Fotocollectie Anefo via Wikimedia Commons|
- The Baden Fringe Tiara: This is the designated "crown princess" tiara for the family, and Silvia's use of it backed off once Crown Princess Victoria began to wear it.
- The Cut Steel Tiara: Who can forget the tiara Queen Silvia is said to have discovered in a cabinet in the palace? (Well, someone can, I guess, since it ended up in the cabinet in the first place.) Today it is a favorite of Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Christina and not a frequent choice for Silvia, though she has commented on how pleasantly light it is to wear.
- The Six Button Tiara: I'm not going to lie, I feel my well-documented dislike of the button tiaras is slightly vindicated by the fact that Queen Silvia avoids them both. She has worn the Six Button once at least; to my knowledge, she's never publicly worn the Four Button Tiara. Perhaps this is simply because she has enough pieces reserved for the queen without dipping into those frequently shared by the princesses, but I think I'll stick to my own theory.
Now the choice is yours: Vote!
The blog will return on Sunday. (We will be up and running over at the Jewel Vault though, where a trip is happening at the end of the week.) Happy Thanksgiving!