01 November 2016

Tiara Watch of the Day: November 1

Tiaras were out in Norway last week, as the royal family held its annual gala dinner for the government. You will not be surprised to learn that it was a festival of repeats for the royal ladies.

I, however, am continually surprised to learn that Queen Sonja has not yet tired of this gown of a thousand craft room scraps ruffles. (Okay, that's not surprise. That's just hope.) Unsurprisingly again, Queen Maud's Pearl and Diamond Tiara was her selection for the evening. Princess Astrid topped her repeated ensemble with the turquoise tiara passed down from Queen Alexandra.

To her credit, Crown Princess Mette-Marit attempted to give her repeated navy blue outfit a little freshness by adding a sparkly green gown around the waist. I thought we were safe from the Christmas decorations for another couple weeks yet, but okay, fine. It is a great outfit for a belt, even a perplexing one.

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She wore her Diamond Daisy Tiara, of course, which is small but packs a mighty sparkle (you can see it in this video). And - to my delight, a greater delight than seeing the tiara, really - she also wore a gorgeous pair of diamond chandelier earrings.

These earrings have a touching royal history; they were originally a gift from the future King Olav V to his wife, Märtha, for their silver wedding anniversary in 1954. Sadly, Crown Princess
Märtha died very soon after, and never had a chance to enjoy the earrings. They've been passed down in the family since, and were given to Mette-Marit as a wedding gift. It's an extra special connection since her ruby and diamond engagement ring also originally belonged to Märtha.

She also wore the earrings in portraits released earlier this year. Jørgen Gomnæs / Det kongelige hoff
They're awfully pretty, wouldn't you agree? These should be in every Princess Starter Kit, perfect for a whole range of gala occasions. (Also, they should have Princess Starter Kits.)