The Princess of Orange sported her second tiara on Thursday evening when she joined her parents at the wedding reception for Crown Prince Hussein and Princess Rajwa.
Princess Amalia—who didn’t attend the wedding ceremony with her parents, instead joining them at the wedding reception—wore the Dutch Ruby Peacock Tiara, one of the oldest in the Dutch Royal Family’s collection. The future queen’s love of jewellery is well-documented, and this is the second time she’s officially worn a tiara at a royal event.
Ahead of her 18th birthday in 2021, Princess Amalia cooperated with a journalist for her official biography and spoke of her love of jewellery. In the book, a photograph of an eight-year-old Amalia wearing the Mellerio Ruby Tiara while her mother prepared for Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie’s wedding blew up on social media.
Amalia said: “Yaaaa! I love tiaras. Show me a tiara, and I’ll know where it came from. I can recognize all the tiaras of Europe. I used to put them on from my mother. Then there would be one on her make-up table, and I would have it directly on my head. I really liked to be in my mother’s jewellery anyway. When I was very little. She was preparing for an important dinner, and she shouted around the house, ‘Amalia, where’s that ring?’”Embed from Getty Images
Princess Amalia first wore a tiara during the 18th birthday gala dinner for Norway’s Princess Ingrid Alexandra. At that event in June 2022, she wore the Dutch Star Tiara—her mother’s wedding tiara.
The Ruby Peacock Tiara has been in the Dutch Royal Family’s possession since the 1880s, having been created for Queen Wilhelmina alongside other pieces in a parure. The central element, surrounded by rubies and diamonds once owned by Queen Sophie, resembles the plumes of a peacock.
Since then, this has been a mainstay for Dutch royals—all of the queens and many princesses have worn this tiara throughout the centuries—as one of two major ruby tiaras. It is also a very convertible piece of jewellery: the central peacock element can be separated and worn as a necklace or an aigrette instead of a tiara.