The State Banquet at Christiansborg Palace in honour of the Dutch state visit to Denmark (17 March 2015) – as seen in royal jewellery:

  • Crown Princess Mary wearing her wedding tiara and her aquamarine earrings
  • Queen Margrethe wearing the Pearl Poiré Tiara (suitably for the state visit, a tiara that came into the Danish Royal Family through Lovisa of Sweden whose mother was a Dutch princess by birth) along with the necklace, brooch and earrings from her Khedive of Egypt demi-parure
  • Queen Máxima wearing the Dutch Sapphire Tiara along with her sapphire earrings

The Carrickmacross Heirloom Lace & Veil

When Princess Margaret of Connaught married Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden, she was given a veil of Carrickmacross lace from the ladies of Ireland. Along with the veil, she was also given 2 lengths of lace bordering (wide and narrow), a handkerchief, and a fan. She used the veil and lace for her wedding in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor on 15 June 1905. 

Margaret’s only daughter, Princess Ingrid, also used the veil and 2 lengths of lace (wide and narrow) for her wedding to Crown Prince Frederik at Storkyrkan Cathedral in Stockholm on 24 May, 1935. From then on, every female descendant of Ingrid has used the veil and lace for their wedding. The same as the Khedive of Egypt Tiara. 

Descendants who used the heirlooms:

  • Queen Anne-Marie: Veil and narrow lace - Athens 18 Sep 1964
  • Queen Margrethe: Veil and wide lace - Copenhagen 10 Jun 1967
  • Princess Benedikte: Veil and wide lace - Fredensborg 3 Feb 1968
  • Princess Alexandra: Veil - Gråsten 6 Jun 1998
  • Princess Alexia: Veil - Bayswater 9 Jul 1999
  • Princess Nathalie: Veil - Berleburg 18 Jun 2011

The only non-descendant who has ever used the veil or lace was Mary Donaldson when she married Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark in May of 2004. Mary wore the veil and used the lace on panels of the skirt of her dress. 8 metres of the lace was used for the gown. Mary also used a handkerchief of beautiful danish lace from lace-making teacher, Astrid Hansen. The pattern used is called “The Great Heart of Denmark” and was started the day the engagement was announced on 8 Oct 2003. The lace was finished on 12 April 2004, Easter Monday. I would suspect that Mary’s handkerchief will be added to the collection, at least for her descendants. 

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

Khedive of Egypt Tiara

Current in: Greek Royal Family

Current owner: Queen Anne-Marie


Made by Cartier, this diamond ornament was a gift to Princess Margaret of Connaught when she married Crown Prince Gustav Adolf of Sweden in 1905 from the Khedive of Egypt. When Margaret died in 1920, her daughter Princess Ingrid inherited the piece. She brought it with her when she married Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark. It remained her personal property until she passed away in 2000. 

Queen Ingrid began a family tradition that continues to this day when she loaned the Khedive to each of her three daughters on their wedding days and has only been worn by her direct descendants. When Ingrid died, she left the tiara to Anne-Marie, her youngest daughter.


(P.s.: text and infos from The Royal Order of Satorial Splendor)

ROYAL JEWELLERY || The Khedive of Egypt Tiara In 1905, when Princess Margaret of Connaught was married to Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden and became Crown Princess of Sweden, one of her many wedding gifts were the stunning Khedive of Egypt Tiara. Made by Cartier, the tiara was a gift from, well, the Khedive of Egypt since it was in Egypt that the couple had first met. The tiara consists of ornamented diamonds and is able to be converted into a stomacher piece. When the, now, Crown Princess Margareta died in 1920, she left the tiara to her only daughter, the ten-year-old Princess Ingrid who would later become Queen Consort of Denmark and bring the Khedive into the Danish royal family. It was also Ingrid who started the tradition of loaning the Khedive to everyone of her female descendants on their wedding days – the only one who hasn’t worn it being the yet unmarried Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark. In that respect, it will be interesting to see whether the tradition will continue with her great-granddaughters (of which there currently are 8) because when Queen Ingrid died in 2000, she left the tiara for her youngest daughter, Queen Anne-Marie of Greece. That didn’t stop her from lending it out to her niece, Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, on her wedding day in 2011. Since inheriting it, Anne-Marie has had a taller base put on the tiara (not pictured), but has not made any large modifications to it.


The Khedive of Egypt Tiara

While the Khedive of Egypt Tiara originally comes from Sweden, it’s story really begins in Egypt. It started when Princess Margaret of Connaught was on a royal tour with her parents. They were looking for suitable spouses for their daughters and had their eye on Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden and Norway. The Duke and Duchess thought that he would be perfect for Margaret’s sister Patricia. They all met up in Cairo, where the Crown Prince immediately fell in love .. with Margaret. He proposed during a dinner at the British consulate in Cairo, and they were married in England on 15 June 1905.

As they couple had met and fell in love in his country, it was politically important that the Khedive (ruler) of Egypt give them an opulent wedding present. Abbas II, the last Khedive of Egypt and Sudan, commissioned Cartier to create a diamond scroll tiara. It can also be worn as a flexible corsage or dress ornament, which is how it was shown in the drawing of her wedding gifts.

Gustaf and Margaret had 5 children before Margaret’s untimely death in 1920. She died on 1 May 1920 because of an infection from a mastoid operation, she was eight months pregnant with their 6th child. The tiara passed on to her only daughter, Princess Ingrid. Ingrid took the tiara with her when she married Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and eventually became Queen. 

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