17 December 2015

Year in Review: 2015's Tiara Happenings

You know it's been a good year in Tiara Land when you can make a lengthy list of tiaras that were new to us or new to a different wearer. And list them we shall! 

April: Queen Letizia debuts the Ansorena Princess Fleur de Lys Tiara
Letizia used her first international tiara appearance since becoming queen consort (Queen Margrethe's gala birthday banquet) to dust off a new tiara she'd sat on long enough for us to start wondering if it really existed. It turned out to be even better than expected.

April: Queen Mathilde wears the full Nine Provinces Tiara
Queen Mathilde had used the bandeau portion of Belgium's top tiara, but she waited until Margrethe's birthday dinner to wear the thing in its full glory, top diamonds and arches included. With two state visits to fellow monarchies on the Belgian royal agenda for 2016 (to Japan and the Netherlands), I trust we'll see the whole shebang again soon.

June: Princess Sofia debuts her Emerald and Diamond Tiara
Rumors of a new tiara for the bride came true when Sofia walked down the aisle in a new-to-us tiara, a gift from her the King and Queen. She tried it out twice more during the Nobel festivities in December.

June: Crown Princess Victoria wears the Connaught Tiara
The Swedish royal family emptied the vault for the wedding, giving us Victoria's first outing in the Connaught Tiara (she had previously worn the diamond drops on a necklace). She wore it again in December.

June: Princess Tatiana debuts a new tiara
And the Swedish royal wedding still had more presents to give: Princess Tatiana of Greece wore a new-to-her tiara which was, as reported in Point de Vue, a loan from Bulgari.

June: Princess Claire debuts a new parure
Luxembourg's National Day gala delivered a new-to-us red stone parure on Princess Claire, including a small bandeau tiara (which may well be a bracelet on a frame). This one's still a mystery.

October: Queen Mathilde wears the Wolfers Tiara
A state visit to her mother's homeland, Poland, was an occasion for a double tiara appearance for Queen Mathilde. She wore Queen Fabiola's Wolfers Necklace Tiara for the first time, while also wearing her own Laurel Wreath Tiara as a necklace.

December: The Duchess of Cambridge wears the Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara
Sending us into the holiday season on a tiara high at the annual Diplomatic Reception, Kate took on the diadem made iconic by Diana. It was a moment many of us thought we wouldn't see for a long time, and now we have to hope that we won't have a long wait until we can see it properly.

December: Princess Madeleine wears the Swedish Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara
Rounding out the year, the Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony provided one last batch of jumpy claps when Princess Madeleine borrowed Princess Margaretha's aquamarine tiara and let it sparkle for days at one of the family's biggest annual events.

What was your favorite 2015 tiara debut?

(By the way: Want to see all the tiara appearances from 2015 that were covered on this blog? Click this link and scroll your heart out.)

Photos: DR/TV2/SVT screencaps, Grand Ducal Court/Christian Aschman, via Getty Images