|The tiara and the sketch of the wedding jewels|
Prince Sigvard lost his royal title when he married a commoner in 1934. He would later find success as a graphic and industrial designer, but before that happened, he was in need of funds. He sold the ruby tiara to his father, King Gustaf VI Adolf, but the arrangement did not go as planned. Sigvard believed it to be a loan, and that the tiara would return to him when he had the funds. His father disagreed, considering it a sale, and instead left it to Sigvard’s son, Michael, in his will. That son then sold it back to King Carl XVI Gustaf.
The tiara was still worn occasionally by Sigvard Bernadotte’s second wife, Sonja, as well as his third wife, Marianne (who wore it both as a tiara and as a necklace). But, along with his firm belief that he should get his prince title back since the family laws had changed, the tiara’s ownership remained a source of bitterness. He was open about the conflict, objecting when Queen Silvia wore the tiara to the 1995 wedding of Prince Joachim of Denmark and Alexandra Manley (first Silvia picture above, in the red and gold). And for a long time, the tiara was scarcely used by Queen Silvia. After that 1995 appearance, she did not wear it until 2007 (pictured above, in the pink dress).
in the necklace form, which she hadn't done since 1988. Like the Connaught Diamond Tiara, it is a shape made to be worn in the voluminous hairstyles popular at the time of its creation, and that makes it tough to wear today. But Queen Silvia, who has not yet shared the tiara with her daughters, is up to the task.
Where does this rank on your list of favorite Swedish tiaras?
With the Nobel Prize tiara events approaching, my wish this year is something I wish for every year: anything new or rare on the jewel front. Not a new jewel, I am being somewhat realistic here, but someone wearing something they haven’t worn before or something beyond the expected. This is one of the tiaras that I wait for Silvia to share...
Photos: Illustrated London News, Royal Court of Sweden, Wikimedia Commons, Anthony Jones/Julian Parker/UK Press and Pool via Getty Images, Presidência da República Portuguesa