Norwegian Royal Wedding 20 Years On: Scandinavian Royals

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit;s late afternoon wedding on August 25, 2001 carried a formal dress code. We don’t often cover tiaras here but any daytime diamonds are fair game here at Royal Hats so we’re going to sparkle up the rest of this week and look at the jewels and gowns worn by royal guests to this event (I’ll leave discussion about the jewels to expert Lauren Kiehna and link to her comprehensive history of each diadem).

Queen Sonja topped her jade gown with the very grand diamond and emerald tiara from the Norwegian Emerald Parure

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Princess Märtha Louise wore the modern tiara her grandfather King Olav gifted her in 1989 with diamond ears of wheat and pearls.

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Princess Astrid wore Queen Maud’s Turquoise Circlet tiara, beautifully paired with her pale blue gown.

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Princess Ragnhild wore what is known as Princess Ingebog’s Boucheron Circle Tiara

Queen Margrethe topped her purple ensemble with the romantic heart-shaped Baden Palmette Tiara

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Princess Benedikte wore her Star and Pearl Tiara. Her eldest daughter, Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, wore her mother’s wonderful floral tiara; her younger daughter, Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, is shown below in coral, in an open design tiara I’ve not been able to identify.

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Queen Anne-Marie of Greece wore the beautiful scrolled diamond Khedive of Egypt Tiara

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Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark wore her diamond tiara with lovely halo shape.

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Queen Silvia wore one of her larger tiaras, Queen Sofia’s Tiara with central starburst and diamond swags.

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Crown Princess Victoria wore her graphic diamond Baden Fringe Tiara

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Princess Madeleine wore the Modern Fringe Tiara, a gift from her parents which she would later wear at her own wedding.

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We don’t chat tiaras much here but like hats, a tiara’s shape or scale can suit (or not suit!) their wearers and the ensembles with which they are paired. Which ones here stand out to you most?

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13 thoughts on “Norwegian Royal Wedding 20 Years On: Scandinavian Royals

  1. The Scandinavians do fabulous weddings with wall to wall bling. 20 years on I think the bride’s look has aged better than a lot of these, the Swedish Princesses particularly look very noughties… and very tanned! Sonja and Märtha-Louise went for very theatrical looks that could have used a bit of toning down. I think Silvia’s look has lasted the best of all of these.

  2. Almost all of these tiaras originate with or passed through the Swedish royal family, including the Norwegian emeralds, the Baden Palmette, the Khedive of Egypt, Queen Sofia’ Star and Pearl, and Princess Ingeborg’s Boucheron tiara. The Swedes still have an amazing jewelry collection, but it’s amazing to consider what has departed.

    That said, the greatest jewels here are the Karl Johan earrings worn by Queen Silvia. They’re not quite the Vasa earrings, but they are spectacular.

  3. Will we ever see all those tiaras in what appears to be the same room again?

    Cannot imagine that we will.

    Queen Sonja and her emeralds— oh, yes!

    Thanks for this post, which was a nice diversion today, of all days.

    • The Scandinavian Royal Families (at least pre-Covid) used to throw glittering parties at special occasions (weddings, special birthdays etc), so there is still a chance that we will be able to see this kind of glitter again at the Royal Palace in Oslo.

      Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra will celebrate her 18th birthday next year and I am keeping my fingers crossed that they will continue the tradition of putting on a grand show like they did for her father’s 18th birthday! 🙂

      • And they do of course have a tradition of gifting Princesses with a tiara for their 18th. Let’s hope that A) continues B) she fares better than CP Victoria and C) they dig into the vaults for something fabulous (Queen Maud’s is sitting unused, though it may be a bit much to start out on!)

        • Maybe her mother could pass on the small tiara she received for her wedding, which I think would look better against the Princess’ dark hair and then her mother could start using some of the bigger pieces… like for instance Queen Maud’s Grand Diamond tiara (if it has indeed reverted back to the main line of the family).

          • Metre-Marit suffers from neck and back pain – another reason she rarely wears hats. Princess Raghnild also disliked Mette-Marit and might not be the most tactful choice of tiara for her to wear if it has returned to the vaults.

  4. The tiara choices by each of the guests were terrific. Suitable to the occasion and the rank of each. I miss seeing Royals dressed so elegantly! I particularly liked the various coloured tiaras with their dress pairings. Not always an easy trick to carry off well.

    (Hat Queen, quite a few of the embedded images aren’t showing up for me lately. Not all, but a goodly number. Any ideas on what I might want to check?)

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