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April Sparkle: Norway’s Best Diamonds

Photo: Sølve Sundsbø / The Royal Court

Today, let’s look at some of the Norwegian Royal Family’s best diamond jewellery!

Diamond Daisy Bandeau

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore the Diamond Daisy Bandeau on her wedding day, 25 August 2001, a small diamond bandeau tiara featuring a row of diamonds fashioned into daisy floral shapes.

The bandeau was created in 1910 by Garrard in London. Crown Princess Mette-Marit received this bandeau as a gift from her new in-laws, King Harald and Queen Sonja, and has made this her signature tiara in the nearly 20 years since she became a member of the Norwegian Royal Family.

King Olav’s Gift Tiara

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Princess Märtha Louise received this tiara as an 18th birthday present from her grandfather, King Olav, in 1989. This delicate tiara features diamonds and pearls in an ‘ears of wheat’-style setting that sits upon a fine band. This is the only tiara that Princess Märtha Louise owns outright, and it’s one she wears frequently.

Queen Josephine’s Diamond Tiara

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The Queen Josephine Diamond Tiara is one of the oldest pieces in the Norwegian Royal Family’s jewel vaults and can be traced back to the 1800s when it was worn by Queen Josephine of Norway and Sweden. The Queen Josephine Diamond Tiara is one that is currently only worn by Queen Sonja, and it is a floral and laurel-style diamond tiara that is mounted on a gold and silver base.

It was previously worn by Princess Astrid when she acted as the first lady of the Norwegian court after her mother, Princess Märtha, passed away. Once Queen Sonja married into the family in 1968, she became its exclusive wearer.

Queen Maud’s Diamond Tiara

By Karl Anderson – National Library of Norway, Public Domain,

Queen Maud, daughter of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra of Great Britain, received this tiara on her wedding day in 1896. She married Prince Carl of Denmark, who became the King of Norway in 1905.

This large tiara, featuring rows of diamonds on a base of collets, with diamonds ‘buttons’ at the top, passed down through the family to Princess Ragnhild, who mainly wore this tiara whenever she attended royal events in Norway. Princess Ragnhild passed away in 2012, and the tiara is reportedly now back in the vaults.

Vitfe Tiara

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The Vitfe Tiara is a petite fan-shaped tiara (vitfe is Norwegian for ‘fan’) that originates, again, with Queen Maud. The future queen of Norway reportedly received this tiara as an 18th birthday present from her grandmother, Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom; and brought it to Norway upon her marriage.

The tiny diamond tiara can be transformed into a necklace and has mainly been worn by Queen Sonja and Crown Princess Mette-Marit as such.

About author

Jess is the Senior Royal Reporter and Editorial Assistant at Royal Central. Her interest in royalty started in her teenage years, coinciding with The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002 and grew from there. She specializes in the British Royal Family (with emphasis on the Cambridges) and the Danish Royal Family, and has provided royal commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the UK and Australia.