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The romantic wedding gift that became the tiara of a very modern queen

Pearls are the birthstone of June and for centuries they have taken a starring role in royal jewels. They now feature in some of the best known pieces worn by ruling dynasties across Europe. Among the Danish collection are some truly romantic and historic pieces.

Queen Mary’s Wedding Tiara

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Queen Mary received a small wedding tiara, fashioned from diamond hearts and fleur-de-lis motifs, as a gift from Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik. No further details of its provenance have ever been released, but the strong suspicion is that the tiara was purchased at auction.

In 2011, Queen Mary had the tiara reworked to add a row of pearls along its base and pearls atop each of the lower spikes. Jeweller Marianne Dulong updated the tiara and made the pearl elements removable so that Queen Mary could wear it with and without the pearl setting.

Pearl Poiré Tiara

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This classic diamond and pearls tiara has a history that traces through the royal families of Prussia, the Netherlands, and Sweden and Norway before landing in Denmark. Created in 1825 for the King of Prussia’s daughter, the tiara eventually made its way onto the head of a line of Danish queens.

The Pearl Poiré Tiara features 18 pear-shaped pearl pendants on a diamond base, and became the most symbolic tiara of the reign of Queen Margrethe who chose it for major milestones including her first portrait following her accession.

After the abdication of Queen Margrethe, the tiara is also being used by Queen Mary who was first seen in this historic set of jewels on her State Visit to Norway in May 2024.

Turquoise Daisy Bandeau

Perhaps fitting for a queen with the nickname Daisy, Queen Margrethe inherited the Turquoise Daisy Bandeau upon her mother’s death in 2000.

Queen Ingrid inherited this bandeau and parure set, which includes earrings and a trio of brooches, from her mother, Crown Princess Margareta of Sweden, who passed away in 1920. Crown Princess Margareta’s nickname had also been Daisy.

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The Turquoise Daisy Bandeau features delicate jewel petals crafted from turquoises, pearls and diamonds. This bandeau has been worn more recently by Queen Margrethe and her nieces, Princesses Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Princess Natalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, and Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark.

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.