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Wearing her great-great-grandmother’s tiara

At the gala dinner in honour of her 18th birthday, Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra is wearing a tiara that has been passed down from Princess Ingeborg of Sweden. Princess Ingeborg was the grandmother of His Majesty The King, and thus is Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s great-great-grandmother.


Princess Ingeborg received the diamond and pearl tiara as a gift from her husband, Prince Carl of Sweden, more than 120 years ago. “It means a great deal to me that the tiara has now been given to Princess Ingrid Alexandra,” said Her Highness Princess Astrid Mrs Ferner.

King Olav, Princess Ingeborg of Sweden, Princess Astrid and Crown Prince Harald on their way to a gala dinner in honour of the Crown Prince’s 21st birthday and coming of age in 1958. This was the last time Princess Ingeborg wore the tiara. Photo: The Royal Collections

“It is a beautiful tiara made of interlocking diamond circles set in platinum. The button-style diamond and pearl elements are later additions. Grandfather purchased the tiara for Grandmother when they were attending the Paris Exposition in 1900,” Princess Astrid explained.

Princess Ingeborg’s husband, Prince Carl, was aware that his wife had several tiaras that were heavy to wear. At the Paris Exposition the Prince saw the tiara on display by the jeweller Boucheron, and purchased it. “Grandfather bought this for my grandmother because it was lighter to wear on important occasions,” says Princess Astrid.

Princess Ingeborg received the tiara as a gift from her husband, Prince Carl of Sweden. Photo: The Royal Court

Wanted the Princess to inherit the tiara

When Princess Ingeborg died, Her Highness Princess Ragnhild Mrs Lorentzen inherited the tiara. Princess Ragnhild’s children gave the tiara to Princess Ingrid Alexandra as their gift on her 18th birthday. “Princess Ragnhild wanted Ingrid Alexandra to have Grandmother’s tiara,” said Princess Astrid.

Princess Ingeborg, the great-great-grandmother of Princess Ingrid Alexandra, often let her three daughters borrow her jewellery. In photographs from Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Märtha’s extensive tour in 1939, Crown Princess Märtha can be seen wearing her mother’s tiara at a gala dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. “Grandmother let Mother borrow her tiara when Mother and Father travelled to the USA,” said Princess Astrid.

Crown Princess Märtha wearing her mother’s tiara at a gala dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York in 1939. Photo: The Royal Collections

“Grandmother used the tiara often throughout her life. The last time she wore it was at my brother ‘s celebration of his 21st birthday in 1958,” Princess Astrid concluded.


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