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The Pearl Poiré Tiara

The Pearl Poiré Tiara was commissioned by King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia around 1825. It was a wedding gift for his daughter Louise who was marrying Prince Frederik of the Netherlands. It is made with a framework of diamond arches with 18 large poiré (drop) pearls suspended from the arches. 

Princess Louise left the tiara to her daughter, Queen Louise of Sweden and Norway (1828-1871). She passed it on to her daughter, again named Louise (1851-1926), who married King Frederik VIII of Denmark in 1869. Queen Louise received some other pearl and diamond pieces as wedding presents that worked so well with the Poiré Tiara that they became an assembled parure. She received a demi-parure, consisting of an impressive necklace, brooch, and earrings, from the Khedive of Kgypt, and a brooch from her grandmother. 

When Queen Louise died in 1926 she left the assembled parure to the Danish Royal Property Trust. The trust guarantees that the pieces pass from monarch to monarch, and cannot be sold or given away. In essence they are state property for the sole use of the Queen, with a few exceptions. Currently Queen Margrethe uses the Pearl Parure as her “big gun”. Using them for events like the New Years Banquet, Coronations, and Jubilee’s. 

The Wedding of Princess Fedora of Denmark with her cousin Prince Christian of Schaumburg-Lippe. September 9, 1937

Fedora was grandaughter of King Frederik VIII of Denmark through her father, Prince Harald of Denmark and also, niece of Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria of Prussia through her mother, Helena Adelheid, who was daughter of Caroline Mathilde of Schleswig-Holstein.

Christian was son of the tragic Princess Louise of Denmark , eldest daughter of King Frederik VIII

(Curious note that Christian , before Fedora, was shortly engaged with Princess Irene of Greece, who, we all know, married afterward Prince Aimone of Savoia, Duca di Aosta)

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Princess Ingeborg’s Turquoise Star Tiara

Princess Ingeborg of Denmark, the daughter of King Frederik VIII and Queen Louise of Denmark, was the original owner of the Turquoise Star tiara. Composed of 3 large diamond stars with turquoise centers, linked by removable arches topped with alternating diamonds and turquoise beads. It also came with a matching star brooch. It was a gift from her cousin, Emperor Nicholas II of Russia, on the occasion of her 1897 marriage to Prince Carl of Sweden. 

Ingeborg often lent her jewelry out to family, including her daughter Crown Princess Märtha of Norway, and Princess Anne of Denmark. After Ingeborg’s death in 1958 the tiara was passed on to her oldest daughter, Princess Margaretha of Sweden and Norway. She married Prince Axel of Denmark in 1919, bringing the tiara back to Denmark. Princess Margaretha gave the tiara to her daughter-in-law, Countess Ruth of Rosenborg, in 1977. Ruth’s daughter-in-law, Countess Jutta, owns the tiara today. 

Frederik VIII of Denmark

Born: June 3, 1843; Died: May 14, 1912

Frederik, born Christian Frederik Vilhelm Carl, was the first child born to Christian and Louise. Frederik had something in common with Prince Charles: he was Crown Prince for 43 years, though still a shorter time than Charles. Frederik married Princess Louise of Sweden on July 28, 1868. Louise’s grandmother was Josephine of Leuchtenberg. Frederik became King in 1906 when his father died and he only served for 6 years, dying from a paralysis-attack in Hamburg, Germany. Two of his children would go on to become Monarchs, and three of his grandchildren would become Monarchs. Denmark, Norway, Belgium and Luxembourg royals can trace their lineage to Frederik.

Children: 

  • Christian X, King of Denmark (Born 1870; Died 1947)
  • Haakon VII, King of Norway (Born 1872; Died 1957)
  • Louise, Princess Friedrich of Schaumburg-Lippe (Born 1875; Died 1906)
  • Prince Harald (Born 1876; Died 1949)
  • Princess Ingeborg, Duchess of  Västergötland (Born 1878; Died 1958)
  • Princess Thyra (Born 1880; Died 1945)
  • Prince Gustav (Born 1887; Died 1944)
  • Princess Dagmar (Born 1890; Died 1961)