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A sprinkle of Christmas sparkle: five dazzling tiara moments from 2023

We were spoiled this year: a Coronation, a Jubilee, an 18th birthday gala, and all the state events in between! How can you possibly narrow down the top five tiara appearances? I’m going to try!

1. The Princess of Wales Digs Out the Strathmore Rose Tiara

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What else could make the top of the list?

When the Princess of Wales showed up to the South Korean State Banquet in the Strathmore Rose Tiara on 21 November, she sent royal watchers into a frenzy: this 100-year-old tiara hasn’t been publicly worn in 90 years, and was a Jazz Age staple of the then-Duchess of York. As her royal role grew, the Queen Mother turned to other tiaras in her arsenal, but royal watchers have always hoped they’d see the Strathmore Rose again.

Catherine made our royal wishes come true this year!

2. Future Queens in Refinery in Copenhagen

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Now that they’ve all reached their majority, we’ll have to get used to seeing Princess Elisabeth, Princess Catharina-Amalia and Princess Ingrid Alexandra at official events. But it’s still a treat to see the future queens in their refinery!

This time, it was Prince Christian of Denmark’s 18th birthday gala dinner in October. As special guests, the trio showed up in their best jewels. Princess Elisabeth wore the Wolfers Tiara that once belonged to her great-aunt Queen Fabiola; Princess Catharina-Amalia wore the Sapphire Necklace Tiara; and Princess Ingrid Alexandra wore the Boucheron Pearl Tiara that once belonged to Princess Ingeborg.

3. Queen Sonja — A Goddess in Green

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Queen Sonja has a handful of stunning tiaras at her disposal, including this emerald suite she took with her to Copenhagen during the Norwegian visit to Denmark earlier this summer.

The Emerald Parure dates back to the time of Napoleon, and Queen Sonja paired the tiara—pear- and emerald-cut emeralds on a diamond base—the earrings and the necklace with a lime green ballgown and regalia from both Norway and Denmark.

Queen Sonja is an artist at heart, like her dear friend Queen Margrethe, and her fashion is always a conversation starter.

4. Crown Princess Victoria — Stunning Blue Jubilee

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Crown Princess Victoria always stuns at tiara events, and her father’s Golden Jubilee gala dinner on 15 September was no exception!

The future queen looked phenomenal in a sapphire blue ombre ball gown and the Baden Fringe Tiara. It’s one of her go-to tiaras, but the overall effect made her look as glittering as a Disney Princess as she fêted her father.

5. Queen Camilla Wears an Iconic Queenly Tiara

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Queen Camilla created a sensation when she wore the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara on 18 October. The event: a dinner at Mansion House hosted by the Lord Mayor of London to celebrate the coronation.

In a year that saw Queen Camilla fully step into the role, her wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara was almost like a torch being passed. For 70 years it was associated with Queen Elizabeth II; now, it’s an icon of a new reign.

About author

Jess Ilse is the Assistant Editor at Royal Central. She specialises in the British, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish Royal Families and has been following royalty since Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee. Jess has provided commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Jess works in communications and her debut novel THE MAJESTIC SISTERS will publish in Fall 2024.