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December 22, 2011

Empress Josephine of France's Cameo Tiara

Creation:  The tiara was created by Marie-Etienne Nitot in 1809.

Materials:  pearls and seven cameos set in gold
Queen Hortense
Queen Josephine
Provenance: 
  1. Empress Joséphine of France; from her husband, Emperor Napoleon
  2. Eugene de Beauharnais, Duke of Leuchtenberg; inherited from his mother in 1814
  3. Queen Josephine of Sweden & Norway; from her father on the occasion of her 1823 marriage to King Oscar I of Sweden & Norway
  4. Princess Eugenie of Sweden; inherited from her mother in 1876
  5. Prince Eugen of Sweden, Duke of Närke; inherited from his aunt in 1889
  6. Princess Sibylla of Sweden, Duchess of Västerbotten; from her husband's great-uncle on the occasion of her 1932 marriage to Prince Gustaf Adolf
  7. Queen Silvia of Sweden; inherited by her husband, King Carl XVI Gustaf, from his mother in 1972 and given to her after their 1976 marriage
Crown Princess Margareta
Princess Sibylla
Queen Ingrid
Other Wearers: 
Princess Birgitta
Queen Silvia
Princess Desiree

Questions:   
  • Will the tradition of wearing this tiara for their wedding continue with the brides in Swedish Royal Family?
Crown Princess Victoria

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