The Swedish royals were even more impulsive on April 6 to welcome their 100 guests to the Royal Palace in Stockholm. The evening dresses and embellishments worn by the princesses once again impressed the royal viewers and the local media. Princess Victoria sparkled in a red dress with a train. On her head, the heiress to the throne wore the tiara of Boucheron, an elegant and refined laurel wreath that reminded her of her dear aunt Lillian whom she loved so much.
Read also: Victoria of Sweden wears Napoleon’s cut-steel tiara in her new party photos: a special tiara without precious stones
Swedish designer red dress and tiara in memory of Princess Lilian
On April 6, 2022, after two years of absence due to a health crisis, the traditional dinner representing Sweden’s royal family is back. King Carl XVI Gustaf met at the royal palace with dignitaries and representatives from different sectors of the country. The meeting was also attended by the ambassadors of Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway.
Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Sofia and Princess Christina have arrogantly represented members of the royal family. Each princess chooses her own color. Queen Silvia wore a royal blue, a dress that matched her sapphire tiara, Princess Sofia wore a green dress and an emerald tiara, and Princess Christina wore a purple dress to match the four-button tiara.
Meanwhile, Crown Princess Victoria did not match the gemstones on her tiara with her dress. However, she was impressed with her elegance, in a demure crimson red dress signed by Pär Engsheden. This slit dress exposes the left leg slightly as you move.
Read also: The peridot kokoshnik tiara worn by Swedish Victoria at a state banquet in honor of the Spanish kings
Crown / laurel wreath necklace, Boucheron
On her head, Crown Princess Victoria wore the Boucheron crown and a laurel wreath. As its name suggests, this crown is reminiscent of the traditional laurel wreath. It is actually a gem that can be worn either as a necklace or mounted on a structure that allows it to be held on the head.
According to The Court Jeweler, the laurel wreath tiara was a gift from Queen Sophia, wife of King Oscar II, to the wife of the king’s great-grandson, Princess Margaret. Margaret Connaught received this jewel in 1905, on the occasion of her marriage to Prince Gustav Adolf, who two years later became Crown Prince of Sweden.
This tiara/pendant is from Boucheron Sweets. There is another almost similar piece of jewelry, which was auctioned in 2010. The only difference between the two pieces of jewelry is the extra diamond that hangs from the center of the royal family’s crown. So it seems that this gem is not an order of the royal family. Surprisingly, there are no records showing that Princess Margaret wore this jewel as a crown. She only wore it as a necklace.
Read also: Princess Estelle wears her first little tiara: A new portrait of three generations of Swedish royalty
It took half a century, after Margaret’s death in 1920, to see the crown on the head of a princess. It was Lillian Davis, the late wife of her son Bertil, who regularly wore this tiara during party evenings. If General Lilian and Prince Bertil waited decades before marriage, lest he strip the prince of his titles, Lillian’s wearing of the crown was a symbolic sign of Lillian’s acceptance into the family despite her lack of official status. She first wore the tiara in 1972 while Prince Bertil did not marry her until 1976, after waiting for his nephew King Carl XVI Gustaf to marry himself to a commoner.
Princess Lilian inherited Boucheron’s crown of laureate which she loved so much when her husband died in 1997. Princess Lilian was very close to Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Madeleine. When she died of Alzheimer’s disease in March 2013, the crown remained in the Swedish royal casket. Crown Princess Victoria was the first to wear it to her sister Madeleine’s wedding in June 2013. Princess Madeleine got married two months after Lillian’s death, an event her older aunt was likely to enjoy.