3 days ago
As per request of @kristinpmoerk, here's a little about this tiara, called queen desireè tiara, queen sonja is wearing. the earrings belonged to queen maud's mother queen alexandra of the united kingdom.
it’s an old piece, but just how old it is isn’t known for sure. some have connected it to queen désirée, the wife of jean baptiste bernadotte, the marshal of france under napoleon i who was elected king of sweden and norway. this connection is speculative, though, and she may never have owned it. we can, however, connect it to queen josephine of sweden and norway, who was désirée's daughter-in-law.
after josefine's death, the tiara was inherited by her granddaughter princess lovisa of sweden, who married king frederick viii if denmark and later became queen of denmark. the tiara was then worn by several ladies in the danish royal family, some of louise’s daughters and granddaughters. after queen lovisa's death in 1926, the tiara passed to her unmarried son, prince gustav. when he died, he left the tiara to his niece, princess märtha of sweden, who had married crown prince olav of norway in 1929.
but sadly märtha died before she could become queen of norway. after her death, her daughter, princess astrid, frequently wore the tiara when she acted as first lady for her father in the early years of his reign. the tiara has been worn solely by queen sonja since her marriage in 1968, when she (as crown princess) took over the first lady duties. she also wore this tiara at het daughter märtha louise's wedding.