tiara time: Princess Dagmar’s Floral Tiara

dagmar tiara

Nowadays, today’s tiara is typically called “Princess Marie’s Diamond Floral Tiara,” a topical, current moniker for the 21st Century royal-watcher that honors the princess that has brought it to the public spotlight. Indeed, it’s the tiara that Queen Margrethe first loaned to Marie Cavallier in 2008. The soon-to-be princess topped her veil with it for her wedding to Prince Joachim.

princess marie of denmark wedding floral tiara

Enjoy front, aerial and side views in this wedding montage [as always, click to enlarge.]

let’s learn about Princess Dagmar of Denmark & Iceland

Princess Dagmar Diamond Floral Tiara

Princess Dagmar in the Floral Tiara

What most people don’t know and your Blog Hostess tends to forget more frequently than not, is that this blog was originally supposed to be about history, not royalty or jewellery. In order to stay as true to this as possible, when we refer to tiaras we try to cite the original owner. Ergo, our post title for today. The tiara [as far as we know] originally belonged to Princess Dagmar, youngest daughter of King Frederik IX and Louise of Sweden and Norway. [Remember Louise? She brought the Pearl Poiré Tiara to Denmark. Yeah, we know. Last week was freakin’ ages ago.] In the name of disambiguation, don’t confuse this Dagmar of Denmark with the Dagmar of Denmark, her aunt and namesake. [The “more popular” Dagmar of Denmark became Empress Maria Fydorovna.]


dagmar with family in floral tiaraShort of dialing up the Rosenborg Castle historian–wonder what time it is there–that is all we can find. We don’t know if the tiara was a birthday gift for Princess Dagmar or why it was personal property instead of yet another highly monitored piece in the Danish Royal Collection. We’re not even sure which tiara she wore for her 1922 wedding to Jørgen Castenskjold. Either way, of their 5 children, the couple only had one daughter, her first two names Dagmar Louise like her mother. We are making the leap here that she’s the one all the way to the right in the above photo and that Jørgen is the fellow in the center. Instead of leaving the tiara to her daughter when she passed on 1961, Princess Dagmar [Now Mrs. Castenskjold] bequeathed her floral tiara to her nephew King Christian X. Perhaps Dagmar didn’t see her daughters or granddaughters having much need for a tiara. Dagmar “married down,” her children have no titles.

back to the Tiara Time!

queen margrethe in the dagmar floral tiara

we know Queen Daisy wore it at least 3 times, as illustrated in chronological order.

Either way, Dagmar’s Floral Tiara found its way back and Christian’s heir Margrethe wore it a handful of times. Our personal favorite photo is the far right, not only because there’s champagne, but the gesture. It simply reads “All the tiaras are mine, bitches!” Or however one would nicely phrase a similar sentiment.

Countess Renée de Monpezat Diamond Floral Tiara

Prior to Princess Marie, the tiara was loaned out once to Daisy’s mother-in-law, Renée de Monpezat (right) in 1992 to wear for the Silver Anniversary celebration of the Queen and Prince Henrik. Ugh! Countess! Just say no to tiaras with tinted lenses! It’s not a good look! Rumor has it Dagmar’s Floral Tiara graced Princess Natalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleberg’s head at Crown Prince Haakon’s wedding in 2001. Since getting a tiara loan from Daisy is like drawing water from a stone, that seems like quite a loan unless Natalie’s a close family relation. Plus, there’s no clear photographic evidence.

what would a tiara be without in-law politics?

princess marie in diamond floral tiaraThe Dagmar Floral tiara is the only tiara that Princess Marie is allowed to wear so there is no shortage of photos to fuel our montage addiction. On the day of Joachim and Marie’s nuptials an official press release made it abundantly clear that the Dagmar tiara was a loaner not a gift. Sure, this had to sting a little considering Crown Princess Marie was given her Wedding tiara and has access to the grandly historic Ruby Parure.

Marie &  Joachim at the Swedish Royal Wedding 2013The Dagmar Floral tiara has pretty much become Princess Marie’s signature piece, albeit, not out of choice. Though there are far worse tiaras with which to be stuck. The Dagmar has enough heft in front to make give it that looming presence for a formal affair but not too much. It’s also suitable for state dinners. [Suddenly we feel like we’re doing a late night infomercial.]

Still the question looms: why didn’t Marie receive a tiara as a gift like her sister-in-law? In 1995, Prince Joachim married Alexandra Manley and the princess-to-be was given the Alexandrine Drop Tiara to wear for her wedding. When the marriage crumbled in 2004, Alexandra took the tiara with her as it was a gift. [ah ha! Semantics!] Not only did she make off with an historic Danish tiara, she also received the title Countess of Frederiksborg. While we can just imagine Daisy simmering a shade of magenta as part of the collection went marching, it must have tainted her view toward gifting any more tiaras, especially to any spouse of Prince Joachim’s. [That’s motherly love for ya. And speculation on our part.]






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10 Responses to tiara time: Princess Dagmar’s Floral Tiara

  1. Angelyn says:

    not THE Dagmar?! Oh, well. The tiara makes up for it (without tinted lenses, I agree).

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    • Angie, you are 100% right, we SHOULD call it “the Dagmar” and then open a restaurant and call it “the Dagmar.” I’m trying to recall the other photos I’ve come across with old ladies in tiaras and tinted lenses…it was just awful. Oh the Citrine Bandeau had one…

      Oh yeah, I wrote “Tiaras and Trianon” across the photo in order to foil all those losers who have tiara blogs and snipe my photos then swear they don’t. [Then why are there links from your blog to mine? Liars. They’re all on Blogger BTW.] I spent HOURS scanning obscure Spanish-language search engines to find that photo. Yet we digress.

      This all came from the fashion effrontery of tinted lenses and tiaras. Name for a new blog? It would be that humor blog we’ve been speculating about for years.


  2. Princess Marie looks lovely with her pransome hince…..I mean…handsome prince. Thanks for the history and photos. This fan loves your posts!

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  5. Perseverance says:

    I was wondering why Princess Marie always wore that tiara! At least it’s pretty and it suits her. The Danish princes picked the prettiest brides IMHO. :o)

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  6. So, what did happen between Joaquim and Alexandra? I can’t believe that she actually got to keep the Alexandrine tiara, even if it was a gift. QE II would have made a new law or something to get it back! Lol

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    • You’re so right! Di gave the Cambridge Lovers Knot tiara back after she & Chuck split. Bad memories maybe, but her family has their own tiara. Actually, I can’t say I wouldn’t have done the same as Alexandra, post divorce. It was a gift, not a loaner so now it’s MINE! hahaha Queen Daisy’s got plenty of other tiaras anyhow. I guess the rift was really between Alexandra & Joaquim but not the family? She was invited to the queen’s 40th jubilee…


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