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June’s Jewels: Norway’s Best Pearls

Queen Sonja
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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 Maud’s Pearl and Diamond Tiara

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This pearl tiara has the added intrigue of being part of a jewel theft! The original version, a wedding present given to Princess Maud of Wales on her wedding day in 1896 (she married Prince Carl of Denmark, later King Haakon VII of Norway), featured a diamond base with diamond festoon and scroll motifs with pearls added to the toppers.

Queen Maud, as she became in 1905, worn this tiara frequently throughout her husband’s reign, and after her death in 1938, her jewels were kept at Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom for the duration of the war (she had died abroad). It wasn’t until 1953 that Queen Elizabeth II was able to return Queen Maud’s jewels to King Olav when her Norwegian cousins attended her coronation.

Queen Sonja inherited this tiara in 1968 when she married Crown Prince Harald and wore it frequently through to 1995 when she sent it to Garrard in London for cleaning. Shortly before it was due to be returned to Norway, it was stolen in a heist and was never recovered. The news reports estimated its value at £200,000.

Garrard provided an exact replica tiara for Queen Sonja, and she continues to wear it to this day. She has also loaned it out to Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Princess Märtha Louise.

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.