14 December 2017

Year in Review: 2017's Tiara Happenings

What better way to kick off our 2017 wrap up than with a recap of the best news from the world of sparkly headgear, hmm? This year brought us several surprises, from tiara changes to rare sightings to newly enthusiastic wearers of big guns...

Queen Letizia Wears the Fleur de Lys Tiara
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I'd been waiting for Letizia to break into the "joyas de pasar", the jewels intended to be passed from queen to queen in Spain per Queen Victoria Eugenia's will, since King Felipe took the throne in 2014. She finally busted out the good stuff in 2017 and she did so with gusto. For February's Argentina state banquet, she wore the earrings, bracelets, and the crowning jewel: the Fleur de Lys Tiara, a.k.a. La Buena. Spain's grandest diadem also made the trip to the U.K. for another high profile state banquet appearance.

Princess Sofia's Emerald and Diamond Tiara Shows its Range
When Sofia appeared at her wedding wearing a new tiara topped by emeralds, many wondered if those could be swapped out. 2017 has an answer for you: yes they can, and more! After leaving her Emerald and Diamond Tiara alone for several months (while she took the opportunity to try out several new tiaras from the family vault, including Queen Josephine's Amethyst Tiara and the Six Button Tiara in 2017), it reappeared with a more open frame, first without the emeralds as an all-diamond tiara and then with the emeralds replaced with pearls. And then with the emeralds back in place, just to show a full range of tricks. It's the best surprise from the Swedish family stash this year, when we were also given debuts of Crown Princess Victoria in the Swedish Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara and Princess Christina in the Cut Steel Bandeau.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit Wears the Vifte Tiara as a Tiara
Mette-Marit has worn Queen Maud's petite Vifte Tiara as a necklace in the past, but using it as a tiara is rare and not something she'd tried before. Until the big gala dinner celebrating King Harald and Queen Sonja's 80th birthdays, that is. It's a charming piece - and even more charming to see her try something new. (Even if it takes a candelabra to the head to see it properly.)

Two German Tiaras Get New Appearances
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I'll celebrate the appearance of any historic tiara hailing from royal houses that don't have frequent tiara occasions. Two German weddings gave us a chance to see two big German tiaras this year: Ekaterina Malysheva in the Hanover Floral Tiara and Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia in the Prussian Meander Tiara.

Which tiara delighted you the most in 2017?

 (If you're in the mood for a nostalgic and sparkly look back, you can revisit all the tiara appearances we covered this year by clicking here.)