Since Princess Madeleine is getting married this weekend, I thought it would be nice to take a look at one of the wedding traditions of the Swedish Royal Family, Queen Josephine’s Cameo Tiara, and it’s accompanying parure.
The parure consists of a tiara, a brooch, a bracelet, a necklace, and a pair of earrings. It is made of gold and pearls, and diamonds frame the cameos on the necklace. The center cameo on the tiara is of Cupid and Psyche, a love story from Greek mythology. The 7 cameos on the tiara were not initially meant to go together, thus the differences between the cameos. It is also not clear whether or not the parure was meant to go together, or if it came together over a period of time.
It is believed that the parure was a gift from Napoleon to his wife Josephine, shortly before divorcing her to marry another woman who he hoped would bring him an heir. Josephine’s daughter, Queen Hortense of Holland, wore the tiara in a painting, and Hortense’s daughter Josephine of Leuchtenberg brought it with her to Sweden when she married King Oscar I of Sweden and Norway. The ownership path went from Josephine to her daughter Eugenie to her nephew Eugen to his niece by marriage Margaret to Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to her son, the current King Carl Gustaf.
It was while Sibylla owned the tiara that using the Cameo Tiara to top a bridal veil began. Princess Birgitta and Princess Desiree both wore it at their respective weddings, as did Queen Silvia when she married King Carl Gustaf in 1976. Crown Princess Victoria wore the tiara when she married Daniel Westling in 2010.
Many are wondering whether Madeleine will continue this tradition when she marries American banker Chris O’Neill this Saturday, June 8. I happen to think that she will choose another tiara, as this one just screams “Queen” or “Crown Princess” to me. My vote is for the Connaught Diamond Tiara, which she wore to her sister’s wedding in 2010.
Most people either love this tiara or hate it. I love the uniqueness and the history of it, but this is one tiara that I wouldn’t care to constantly see worn. The brown of the cameos really shows up against brunette hair, so I’m not sure how it would look on a blonde. My absolute favorite was on Victoria for her wedding. It just looked so perfect.
What do you think about this parure? Love it or hate it? Let me know in the comments!
Update: Madeleine wore her favorite tiara, the Modern Fringe Tiara.
Photo Credits: Allpver Press, AP, Corbis, Getty, The Royal Forums