Monday, June 21, 2010

Queen Silvia at Royal Wedding

The Queen is wearing a pink tulle dress with pearl and gemstone embroidery.

The Queen will be wearing the Brazilian Tiara at The Crown Princess Couple's wedding. This tiara is chiefly a French 18th century piece that was modernised around 1820 to give it its current form.

It is called the Brazilian Tiara because it belonged to the Brazilian Empress Amelie. Empress Amelie was the younger sister of our Swedish Queen Josefina. This magnificent tiara was one of the items that were inherited by Queen Josefina on the death of the Empress in 1873.

The Queen will be wearing a necklace, earrings and brooch of diamonds and pink topaz to match the Brazilian Tiara. These items of jewellery were ordered by the Russian Tsar Paul I ahead of his daughter Maria Pavlona's marriage to the Grand Duke of Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach in 1804. The jewellery was then passed down from daughter to daughter and the necklace was eventually inherited by Queen Victoria of Sweden, King Gustaf V's consort.

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