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. 

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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)


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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