Previously: The day events and Friday's concert.
Unlike the fancy white tie, Braganza Tiara-deserving banquet held for his 60th birthday (flashed back to here and here), King Carl Gustaf's 70th just warranted black tie. But praise be to the tiara gods, they threw in some diadems anyway. I knew Queen Silvia wouldn't let us down.
They even gave us a group photo! Everybody's wearing their commemorative birthday medal.
Best in Contrast
Queen Silvia and Queen MargretheWhich did you see first in that group photo: all the tiaras, or one serious orange dress? Even thoroughly tiara-focused me has to admit it was the latter. Queen Silvia combined all her favorite things - shine, sparkle, and diamonds including the Connaught Tiara - in one bright dress made even brighter by the addition of a pink shawl in her hand. (Yes, Virginia, there was a butt bow. Actually, it was more like a...tail feather. Ripe for the shaking.) Queen Margrethe made for a bit of a tonic in her soft blue dress, her second repeat of the day from her own most recent big birthday celebrations. She wore the Baden Palmette Tiara.
Best in Designer Sharing
Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Madeleine
A new Elie Saab for Victoria, AND a repeated one for Madeleine. Is it my birthday too? You'll remember Madeleine's; she wore it for her pre-wedding dinner, Victoria wore it for Margrethe's birthday dinner, and now it's back in the rotation.
The dresses weren't the only thing up for sharing. The Swedes did what they do best and swapped their usual jewels all around. Princess Madeleine returned to her favorite Modern Fringe Tiara, but wore the diamond epaulette earrings first worn by Victoria to her pre-wedding event. Madeleine's 18th birthday tiara, the Aquamarine Bandeau Tiara, showed up on aunt Princess Christina; while Victoria wore Princess Lilian's Laurel Wreath Tiara again, her own favorite Baden Fringe was taken for a spin by aunt Princess Birgitta. And the Swedish Aquamarine Kokoshnik that has been favored recently by Madeleine and Christina was once again back with its owner, Princess Margaretha. Follow all that?
Most Surprising Meh
Crown Princess Mary
Oh, this one hurts. Mary threw away a tiara opportunity in favor of a Charlotte Lynggaard for Ole Lynggaard Leaf Hair Jewel (which I tried to make myself believe was part of the Naasut Tiara for as long as possible, but it isn't). The earrings are also new, and specially designed. I'd applaud this if it were sneaking in a hair ornament at a non-tiara occasion, and perhaps I will one day in the future.
It's not just the lack of tiara that leaves me all kinds of meh about this appearance, though. (Honestly, it isn't.) This YDE by Ole Yde dress is so much like a few floral dresses in her closet for day appearances (some of which are also Yde), it feels like a day appearance from the knees up. It's not a badly put together look at all, it's just...meh.
And the rest...
Video: Royals start arriving around 1:40If I can update this post with more detail later, I will. Until then, let's hit the roster of royals and all their tiara identifications. Here are the royal tiara wearers you can see in that video, with links to the tiaras if we've covered them:
- Crown Princess Mary: Ole Lynggaard Aigrette
- Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein: Habsburg Fringe Tiara
- Princess Benedikte: Queen Sophia's Star and Pearl Tiara (smart, like her sister wearing a tiara with a Swedish connection) (not that there are that many Danish tiaras that don't have a Swedish connection...)
- Princess Madeleine: Modern Fringe Tiara
- Crown Princess Margarita of Romania: Romanian Greek Key Tiara
- Princess Margaretha (seen only briefly): Swedish Aquamarine Kokoshnik
- Princess Désirée: Her personal tiara, a diamond piece from Queen Louise
- Princess Birgitta: Baden Fringe Tiara
- Crown Princess Victoria: Princess Lilian's Laurel Wreath Tiara
- Queen Mathilde: Wolfers Necklace Tiara
- Princess Beatrix: Württemberg Ornate Pearl Tiara. Way to bust out the big guns, Trix!
- Princess Hisako of Takamado: She has a few tiaras, this one is a diamond bandeau style she's worn before
- Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia: A diamond number that I believe she's worn before
- Queen Silvia: Connaught Tiara
- Queen Margrethe: Baden Palmette Tiara
Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha pic.twitter.com/7yJryRGCo9— Louise Ghislaine (@LouiseGhislaine) April 30, 2016
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