18 September 2014

Tiara Thursday: The Baden Palmette Tiara

The Baden Palmette Tiara
Like several of its fellow Danish royal tiaras, the Baden Palmette Tiara had some travelling to do before it made it to its current home. Made by Koch jewelers, the diamond tiara was originally given to Princess Louise of Prussia (1838-1923) by her father, German Emperor Wilhelm I. It was a wedding gift, marking her 1856 nuptials to the future Grand Duke of Baden. It's a romantic tiara with a design of hearts created by palmette motifs, and so a fitting gift for a wedding. Small diamond flowers with yellow-toned centers sit at the base of the tiara between the hearts.
Louise of Prussia and Frederick I, Grand Duke of Baden
From Baden, the tiara traveled to Sweden courtesy of Louise's daughter Queen Victoria of Sweden (1862-1930), the consort of King Gustav V. Victoria left the tiara to her granddaughter Ingrid, better known as Queen Ingrid of Denmark (1910-2000), wife of King Frederik IX. Ingrid brought the tiara to its current home in Denmark.
Neither Queen Victoria nor Queen Ingrid seem to have been photographed wearing the tiara, but the current generation of Ingrid's family has certainly made up for that. Ingrid's daughters Princess Margrethe and Princess Benedikte both wore it in their younger years, and Benedikte's daughter Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg also used it on at least one occasion. The tiara was left to Queen Margrethe when Queen Ingrid passed away.
This tiara is perfectly cute, but for some reason, I have never liked it. The heart motif is a bit too sweet for me, I think. Queen Margrethe has capitalized on that sweetness by using the tiara at a few royal weddings. Today, she uses it often for events like state banquets or black tie tiara functions, but it is not one that she wears for her most important events, and I can easily see how it comes to occupy that position in her collection.

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Photos: AOP, Public Domain/Wikimedia Commons, Antony Jones/UK Press and Chris Jackson via Getty Images