For the grand gala evening at the French Embassy, Queen Ingrid choose what was perhaps the most stunning of her parures, a magnificent and historical diamond and ruby parure, worn for the first time in 1804 at the Coronation of Emperor Napoleon I of the French, in Paris, by Désirée Clary, future Queen of Sweden, wife of Marshall Jean Baptiste Bernardotte, later King Carl XIV Johan of Sweden. Perhaps the most historical of existing ruby parures, it was inherited by Queen Luise of Sweden, born Princess of the Netherlands, who gave it to her daughter, the future Queen Louise of Denmark, as a wedding present. The Danish Queen, in turn, only gave the tiara to Duchess Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin when she married Crown Prince Christian. On the death of Queen Louise, the rest of the parure was inherited by Queen Alexandrine, who gave it as a wedding present to Princess Ingrid, her son Crown Prince Frederik’s wife.
For the wedding day, Queen Ingrid wore for the first time, a splendid diamond floral tiara, a bequest to her from a Danish-American. The splendid and flexible floral diamond aigrette was made in the 19th century which can also be worn split into different brooches. The Queen also wore a splendid diamond necklace and earrings that are actually part of the Danish Crown Jewels and as such cannot be worn outside Denmark. The elegant necklace has seven large diamond pendants and was created for Queen Caroline Amalie, who wore it for the first time at her husband’s coronation as King of Denmark. Finally, the elegant pair of diamond brooches worn by Queen Ingrid on her right shoulder are also worth of mention.
On all occasions related to the wedding except the wedding itself, HRH Princess Benedikte wore her beautiful but discreet floral tiara. The tiara was actually a 18th birthday gift from King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid and was originally a brooch to which the lateral parts, smaller brooches, were later added. The original brooch had been left to Queen Ingrid by Queen Alexandrine of Denmark. At the wedding, the young Princess wore an elegant diamond and pearl tiara with alternating spikes of pearls and diamonds stars, originally brought to Denmark by Queen Ingrid. The tiara had been first worn by Queen Sophie of Sweden, Queen Ingrid’s great-grandmother. Princess Benedikte wore a simple diamond necklace and diamond earrings.
Undoubtedly the most historical of all the jewels worn at the wedding, the Stuart Diamond Tiara was worn by HM Queen Juliana of The Netherlands in all its splendour. Mounted only in 1898 for Queen Wilhelmina’s enthronement, the tiara incorporates as centrepiece the splendid Stuart Diamond, bought in 1690 by Queen Mary Stuart, as well as other diamonds brought from Russia by Grand-Duchess Anna, wife of King Willem II. The Dutch Queen wore the fabulous matching necklace created at the same time by German jeweller Schürmann. Queen Juliana’s daughter and heiress, HRH Princess Beatrix, choose to wear her favourite diamond tiara, created for her great-granddaughter Queen Emma.
HM Queen Fabiola of the Belgians wore her small Wolfers Diamond Tiara while her sister-in-law, HRH Grand-Duchess Joséphine Charlotte of Luxembourg, wore a rather high diamond floral tiara at the wedding, a jewel that has curiously not been seen on any other occasion, before or after this wedding and of unknown provenance. The tiara possibly has emeralds, since the necklace (that can also be worn as a tiara) worn by the Grand-Duchess is made of diamonds and emeralds. HRH The Princess of the Asturias wore her Prussian Diamond Tiara, her wedding present from her mother, Queen Frederika of The Hellenes, born Princess of Hannover. The tiara had originally belonged to Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia, who married Prince Ernst August of Hannover, Queen Frederika’s father. Princess Tatiana Radziwill wore a tiara that had belonged to her mother, Princess Eugenie of Greece and Denmark.
HRH Princess Sibylla of Sweden, born Princess of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, wore one of the most elegant parures in existence, the Leuchtenberg Sapphire Parure, which had originally belonged to Queen Joséphine of Sweden. Princess Sibylla’s eldest daughter, HRH Princess Margaretha, wore her diamond and aquamarine tiara, a wedding gift from her mother. HRH Princess Birgitta of Hohenzollern also wore a tiara of French imperial connections: the diamond and emerald tiara that she adapted to her chignon was borrowed from a family member for the occasion and had belonged to Hortense of Beauharnais, who possibly had received it from her mother, Empress Joséphine of the French. HRH Princess Désirée wore her wedding present from her grandparents, a diamond tiara made for Queen Louise. Finally, HRH Princess Christina wore the Baden Fringe Tiara.
Also worth of mention is the Meander diamond tiara worn by HIRH Princess Kira of Prussia, born Grand-Duchess of Russia. Made of diamonds mounted in platinum it was designed by Imperial Jeweller Koch and presented by Crown Prince Wilhelm to Crown Princess Cecilie, born Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, on the occasion of their wedding. HRH Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, born Princess of Greece and Denmark, wore her most elegant Cambridge Sapphire Parure, formed by some of the most outstanding pieces in the British Royal Family. Left to Princess Marina by Queen Mary, the parure had originally belonged to Queen Mary’s grandmother, the Duchess of Cambridge. The tiara was eventually inherited by the Duke of Kent following Princess Marina’s death in 1968 and was later sold, after being converted into a necklace.