Looking Back - Princess Bride of Sweden

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Looking Back - Princess Bride of Sweden
Diane Crow at Your Tango Tells Readers the Bride’s Choice of Fashion from Engagement to Wedding

Her decision to wear a color and design that was both modest and modern was apparently in agreement with the additionally modern and modest sensibilities of the other female guests, among them the Princess Charlene of Monaco and Madeleine’s older sister Crown Princess Victoria decided on a more decidedly sexy white dress with a ruche thigh high cut.

Tiara Collection Choices

Which tiara to wear? The royal family of Sweden has a collection of fifteen different tiaras that have the ability to make Madeleine look lovely and regal.

Tiaras available for her to use at her wedding:

Aquamarine Bandeau Tiara Cameo Tiara
Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara Baden Fringe Tiara
Bragança (Brazilian) Tiara Diamond Bandeau Tiara
Connaught Diamond Tiara Napoleonic Cut-Steel Tiara
Diamond Six Button Tiara Diamond Four Button Tiara
King Edward VII Ruby Tiara Napoleonic Amethyst Tiara
Leuchtenberg Sapphire Parure Tiara Nine-Prong Tiara
Modern (Carl XVI Gustaf) Fringe Tiara
Queen Sophie's Diamond and Pearl Tiara

History of Each Tiara

Aquamarine Bandeau - Orginally belonging to Queen Louise of Sweden, this tiara is decorated with a single aquamarine, which has caused the tiara to be lovingly nicknamed, the "Cyclops Tiara."

Diamond Bandeau - A simple riviere of two strands of diamonds meant to be tucked discreetly in the hair while at the same time creating a simplified regal elegance for the wearer.

Six Button Tiara - The most shared tiara in the family among the ladies of the Swedish royal House. The buttons on this tiara look like flowers with small leaves.

Four Button Tiara - The buttons on this tiara look like a sunburst or star design, which is a subtle, but significant difference from the Six Button Tiara.

This is a subtle difference, despite the fact that the tiaras do tend to look identical to the casual observer, even to the most dedicated royal observer when reporting about the design and names of the tiaras. However, Princess Madeleine does not wear the design frequently and prefers others.

Tiara Historical Tidbit: They are believed to have orignally been the property of Carl XIV Johan, supposedly part of his gala unifrom from his days as a French Marshall. He then had them placed in the crown of the King for his coronation in 1818, but they were later then made decorations for newly created tiaras. However, the buttons could have also originated from the amazing stomacher, breast dcoration, and hair jewels from Queen Consort Louisa-Ulrika.

Modern Fringe Tiara – Used also by her mother Queen Consort Silvia, this has been worn by Madeleine the most frequently and was considered the likeliest contender to be worn with her wedding gown.

Connaught Diamond Tiara – This is the most recent addition to the royal collection and hasn’t been worn as frequently as the modern Fringe Tiara, but could be the best for the fairytale wedding of a beautiful fairytale princess.

Bragança (Brazilian) Tiara - Also spelled "the Braganza Tiara;" it is composed with a lushly entwined combination of flowers, leaves, and arabesques composed of diamonds with a silver and gold mount at a height of just under five inches. It is reserved, unofficially, for the use of the Queen of Sweden and is used by the current Queen Consort Queen Silvia of Sweden.

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