02 June 2017

Royal Outfits (and Tiaras!) of the Day: A Scandinavian Update

This is turning out to be a very Scandinavian week around here, which is A-OK with me. We've got princesses, we've got queens, we've got a bunch of tiaras. What else could you need?

Sweden: Princess Sofia attended a merit ceremony at 
Sophiahemmet College on Wednesday.
This COLOR. Can we talk about this color?! It's just, you know... *chef kiss* And look, Ma, no center part!

Norway: Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit marked the 250th anniversary of Storebrand on Wednesday.
Next door, there was this. In case there was any doubt that a return to the Little House on the Fjord was inevitable.

The Nordic heads of state gathered in Finland on Thursday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finland's independence.
L to R: Former President of Finland Martti Ahtisaari, Queen Sonja of Norway, King Harald V of Norway, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, the President of Finland Sauli Niinistö, Finland's First Lady Jenni Haukio, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Queen Silvia of Sweden, the President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, Iceland's First Lady Eliza Jean Reid, former President of Finland Tarja Halone, and her husband Pentti Arajärvi.
Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
Big royal tiaras at an event in a republic last night, gotta love that. Not the biggest of royal tiaras, of course; as often happens when a monarch visits a location where her hosts will not wear diadems of their own, each queen here has used tiaras that are smaller than their largest possible selections.

Finland's first lady, Jenni Haukio, headlined the jewel-worthiness of the occasion by wearing a piece so unique it even warrants a mention on this royal blog. Her newly designed necklace and earrings with beryl stones are pieces are intended to be something like crown jewels, minus the monarchy; they'll be used by future presidents/presidential partners. This should be my new response when people ask me to increase my non-existent coverage of political figures/spouses: bring me "state jewelry" in use, and we'll talk. (Here's a Finnish article with some close ups.)

Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
Back to the royals. You ever notice how Queen Margrethe gets a new outfit for a special occasion, and then repeats it several times right after? It's kind of cute, actually. You can really tell when she's feeling a new look. Royals: they're just like us! Except, uh, that they have tiaras to correspond to every level of occasion. Daisy selected the Baden Palmette Tiara, one she's worn for many non-monarchy visits.

Continuing the evening's Baden-ness, Queen Silvia chose the Baden Fringe Tiara. This is an unusual selection for her. She must have remembered how much she liked it when she took it to Germany last year. Rounding out the evening's tiaras was Queen Sonja - who I wish would put some new gowns on repeat for a change - wearing Queen Maud's Pearl and Diamond Tiara.

Tiaras on a Friday. Not too bad, right?