The Swedish Royal Family has a knack for jewellery, and that’s especially true of their steel tiaras. There are two steel cut tiaras in their vault: the Steel Cut Tiara and the Steel Cut Bandeau. Both have a link to France and as that country’s President, Emmanuel Macron, arrived for a State Visit to Stockholm, Sweden’s future queen chose one of them for a gala dinner to honour the ties between the two nations.
The Cut Steel Tiara was worn by Crown Princess Victoria at the State Dinner for President Macron and his wife, Brigitte. It dates back to Queen Hortense of Holland’s time—she was the granddaughter of Empress Joséphine—and lived as queen consort between 1806 and 1810.
The steel tiara is designed with a nature motif, and its scrolls of floral and leaf elements are entirely cut steel: no gemstones are featured in this sparkler. The steel is supported with a yellow gold frame.Embed from Getty Images
Queen Hortense never had a daughter of her own, and upon her death, the Cut Steel Tiara was passed along from niece to niece until it wound up in the possession of her niece Josephine, who later became Queen of Sweden.
Queen Josephine was queen consort of Sweden between 1844 and 1859 and was the last wearer of the Cut Steel Tiara for over a century, when Queen Silvia found the tiara in the vaults, forgotten for decades, and decided to wear it again in 1979 after repairing it.
The Cut Steel Tiara has since been worn by Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Christina, Princess Désirée and Princess Lilian.
The Cut Steel Bandeau is a smaller tiara in the Swedish Royal Family vault, most frequently worn by Crown Princess Victoria, though Princess Sofia and Princess Christina have also worn it.Embed from Getty Images
The spherical steel is set atop a base of entwined cut steel in a lattice-work design, and its provenance is unknown. It is accompanied by a matching hair comb piece that can be worn with updos.
The Swedish Royal Family has said that this is a privately owned tiara that does not belong to the wider Bernadotte Foundation that manages the family’s jewels.
Like the Cut Steel Tiara, the bandeau was also hidden away in the vault for about a century before Crown Princess Victoria wore it for the first time in 2012.