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Princess Margrethe was not your normal future queen. She wasn’t conventionally beautiful, she was extremely tall, she was extremely well-educated, and she had a very strong personality. In fact, legend says that her parents were worried that she would never find a potential spouse. Fortunately, while attending university in France, she met her perfect match- Henri de Monzepat. Henri was a Frenchman trained as a diplomat but also enjoyed writing poetry and spent some of his childhood in Vietnam. He was basically the perfect royal spouse for our Daisy. So when he proposed to Daisy, he chose a fairly unique ring. First of all, he chose a big ring, which works for someone who has a bigger than life personality. Secondly and most importantly, he chose a ring with two big diamonds. In a way, this shows their relationship in a piece of jewelry. They are two bigger than life personalities who are united in marriage. He may have to sacrifice some (he had to change his name to Henrik, he converted from Catholicism to Protestantism) but he is willing to do so because he is in love with his Daisy. Yes, they may have been one big bump in the road when he was upset about being passed over by his son (known as his 2002 “flight” from Denmark), but they are still together and being adorable together. I honestly don’t think that they could have found a better match than each other and that ring symbolizes it. Some people may see it and laugh about how crazy unusual it is, but others look out at it and smile because that is such a great ring for the two of them.
I thinks this whole idea of sacrifice is going to continue throughout the top two. One spouse sacrifices his or her happiness to ensure the happiness of their union and showing it through jewelry? Yeah, the next two rings highlight that to a t.

They actually met in London at a dinner party whilst he was working at the French Embassy and she was studying at the London School Of Economics. He nearly didn’t go when he heard that the guest of honour was going to be the heir to the throne of Denmark as he thought she would be boring. The rest, as they say, is history……If anyone found their soulmate those 2 did :)


I regret the error. I always read “French Embassy” as being in Paris, not London (stupid American assumption). I apologize for it. I will say that I love the quote that King Frederik IX’S said about his dsughter’s relationship with Henrik which, “He came, he saw, and you conquered” Kinda adorable.
Sep 21, 2014 / 17 notes

librariandaisy:

royalredcarpet:

Princess Margrethe was not your normal future queen. She wasn’t conventionally beautiful, she was extremely tall, she was extremely well-educated, and she had a very strong personality. In fact, legend says that her parents were worried that she would never find a potential spouse. Fortunately, while attending university in France, she met her perfect match- Henri de Monzepat. Henri was a Frenchman trained as a diplomat but also enjoyed writing poetry and spent some of his childhood in Vietnam. He was basically the perfect royal spouse for our Daisy.
So when he proposed to Daisy, he chose a fairly unique ring. First of all, he chose a big ring, which works for someone who has a bigger than life personality. Secondly and most importantly, he chose a ring with two big diamonds. In a way, this shows their relationship in a piece of jewelry. They are two bigger than life personalities who are united in marriage. He may have to sacrifice some (he had to change his name to Henrik, he converted from Catholicism to Protestantism) but he is willing to do so because he is in love with his Daisy. Yes, they may have been one big bump in the road when he was upset about being passed over by his son (known as his 2002 “flight” from Denmark), but they are still together and being adorable together. I honestly don’t think that they could have found a better match than each other and that ring symbolizes it. Some people may see it and laugh about how crazy unusual it is, but others look out at it and smile because that is such a great ring for the two of them.

I thinks this whole idea of sacrifice is going to continue throughout the top two. One spouse sacrifices his or her happiness to ensure the happiness of their union and showing it through jewelry? Yeah, the next two rings highlight that to a t.

They actually met in London at a dinner party whilst he was working at the French Embassy and she was studying at the London School Of Economics. He nearly didn’t go when he heard that the guest of honour was going to be the heir to the throne of Denmark as he thought she would be boring. The rest, as they say, is history……If anyone found their soulmate those 2 did :)

I regret the error. I always read “French Embassy” as being in Paris, not London (stupid American assumption). I apologize for it. I will say that I love the quote that King Frederik IX’S said about his dsughter’s relationship with Henrik which, “He came, he saw, and you conquered” Kinda adorable.
My number six least favorite tiara is the Modern Gold Tiara from Norway. Often called one of the Wonder Woman tiaras and with good reason. I don’t see the appeal in this particular tiara, besides the fact that Harald bought it for Sonja for one of their anniversaries. It doesn’t particularly look good on a woman her age, although I suspect it wouldn’t look good on anybody. It just looks like a fake tiara that Lynda Carter would wear back in the day.

Tomorrow, let’s take down the other Wonder Woman tiara.
Sep 21, 2014

My number six least favorite tiara is the Modern Gold Tiara from Norway. Often called one of the Wonder Woman tiaras and with good reason. I don’t see the appeal in this particular tiara, besides the fact that Harald bought it for Sonja for one of their anniversaries. It doesn’t particularly look good on a woman her age, although I suspect it wouldn’t look good on anybody. It just looks like a fake tiara that Lynda Carter would wear back in the day.

Tomorrow, let’s take down the other Wonder Woman tiara.

Number seven on my list of least favorite tiaras is Astrid’s Aigrette Tiara from Norway. Astrid (who is King Harald’s older sister) is known for her kooky sense of humor and fashion. Despite her status in the family, she still attends quite a few events and even has a few tiaras at her disposal. This is her favorite and also my least favorite of them. It is just not traditionally pretty. It also just looks a little too weird and I don’t think there is anyone in the younger generations that could pull off this tiara. The framing, the central position of the bug, it all adds to a kinda ugly tiara. However, it suits Astrid very well, so it is low on this list for that reason.

Let’s stay in Norway for tomorrow.
Sep 20, 2014

Number seven on my list of least favorite tiaras is Astrid’s Aigrette Tiara from Norway. Astrid (who is King Harald’s older sister) is known for her kooky sense of humor and fashion. Despite her status in the family, she still attends quite a few events and even has a few tiaras at her disposal. This is her favorite and also my least favorite of them. It is just not traditionally pretty. It also just looks a little too weird and I don’t think there is anyone in the younger generations that could pull off this tiara. The framing, the central position of the bug, it all adds to a kinda ugly tiara. However, it suits Astrid very well, so it is low on this list for that reason.

Let’s stay in Norway for tomorrow.

Sep 19, 2014 / 2 notes

chloabelle said: I love your blog! do you have any other royal fashion blogs you suggest following?

First of all, thanks! For suggestions, I am going to give you a few.

The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor- This blog is the grand daddy of royal fashion blogs and I love it! She does a lot of great analysis of tiaras alongside the fashion.

The Court Jeweller- Ella Kay is a great royal resource out there. She has had a few blogs that are sadly gone. But The Court Jeweller is her best achievement. The blog is simply that she looks at royal jewels. Tiaras, brooches, earrings, orders, etc. she does it. She also has a variety of coverage and she has content everyday.

Luxarazzi- Although not exclusively a fashion blog, Luxerazzi covers the Luxembourg and Lichtenstein royals with a passion. If you are interesting in finding out more about these particular royals, that is the best place around. They are also on here as lux-arazzi.

Tumblr fashion blogs include:
Thecrownoutfits
Sheikamozahfashion
Royaltyfashion
Fashionablyroyal

These are the ones come to my mind. If anyone else knows of any please let me know, because I would like to follow them myself :)

My number eighth least favorite tiara is the modern sapphire tiara from the British royal family. I love sapphires, but there is something about this tiara that doesn’t work for me. I feel that the diamonds and sapphires being used are lovely, but the design leaves something to be desired. It has elements of wreath tiaras, traditional crowns, and something else, but I don’t like it. Sorry, I can’t be eloquent on it, but I don’t like it.

Number seven is located in Norway. Let’s go there, shall we!
Sep 19, 2014 / 1 note

My number eighth least favorite tiara is the modern sapphire tiara from the British royal family. I love sapphires, but there is something about this tiara that doesn’t work for me. I feel that the diamonds and sapphires being used are lovely, but the design leaves something to be desired. It has elements of wreath tiaras, traditional crowns, and something else, but I don’t like it. Sorry, I can’t be eloquent on it, but I don’t like it.

Number seven is located in Norway. Let’s go there, shall we!

My number nine least favorite tiara is the Flora Danica tiara from Denmark. Marie definitely needs another tiara because the Danish family do have tiara events, so in a similar regard to the Midnight Tiara, a designer designed and owns it and Marie has exclusive borrowing rights. However, there is a big difference because Marie helped design it. 

Why do I dislike it? I feel like it was almost a bit of a ripoff of the Midnight Tiara. I also don’t like the combo of the lilies and the amethyst beads underneath. It just feels like a hodge podge of a tiara. Marie’s only other tiara option is a floral option, so that seems bit a redundant. If she would have just went with one or the other, she would have been fine. It is especially sad when she wore this tiara, that row of beads was hidden in her hair.

I don’t know but this tiara just strikes me in the wrong way. For tomorrow’s tiara, let’s head to the place of much contention today.
Sep 18, 2014

My number nine least favorite tiara is the Flora Danica tiara from Denmark. Marie definitely needs another tiara because the Danish family do have tiara events, so in a similar regard to the Midnight Tiara, a designer designed and owns it and Marie has exclusive borrowing rights. However, there is a big difference because Marie helped design it.

Why do I dislike it? I feel like it was almost a bit of a ripoff of the Midnight Tiara. I also don’t like the combo of the lilies and the amethyst beads underneath. It just feels like a hodge podge of a tiara. Marie’s only other tiara option is a floral option, so that seems bit a redundant. If she would have just went with one or the other, she would have been fine. It is especially sad when she wore this tiara, that row of beads was hidden in her hair.

I don’t know but this tiara just strikes me in the wrong way. For tomorrow’s tiara, let’s head to the place of much contention today.

Sep 18, 2014 / 153,570 notes
My number ten least favorite tiara is the golden poppies tiara from Denmark. I want to be clear that I am talking about the whole experience. I think Margrethe pulls off when there are a few of the daisies, but the whole thing? No, not so much. I think this is a quirky take of the popular floral tiara until you realize that there are bugs built into the design. This is a little much for even my liking of daisy’s fashion. My seven year old niece saw this tiara and said it looks “kinda like a hair net”. So, it is number ten on this list.
I don’t see Mary or Marie wearing this tiara after daisy is gone. However, I see one person really pulling this off-Isabella. She has her grandmother’s feistiness and her mother’s fierceness, all rolled up in one package. That kind of attitude is required to pull off this tiara.

For tomorrow, let’s stay in Denmark for a slightly controversial pick.
Sep 17, 2014 / 4 notes

My number ten least favorite tiara is the golden poppies tiara from Denmark. I want to be clear that I am talking about the whole experience. I think Margrethe pulls off when there are a few of the daisies, but the whole thing? No, not so much. I think this is a quirky take of the popular floral tiara until you realize that there are bugs built into the design. This is a little much for even my liking of daisy’s fashion. My seven year old niece saw this tiara and said it looks “kinda like a hair net”. So, it is number ten on this list.
I don’t see Mary or Marie wearing this tiara after daisy is gone. However, I see one person really pulling this off-Isabella. She has her grandmother’s feistiness and her mother’s fierceness, all rolled up in one package. That kind of attitude is required to pull off this tiara.

For tomorrow, let’s stay in Denmark for a slightly controversial pick.

Sep 16, 2014 / 128 notes

royalwatcher:

Queen Maxima today at the Prinsjesdag festivities. What is everyone thoughts on her outfit? I love it!

Looks like I have a list of events to do after least favorite tiaras.

(via queenmaximas)

My honorable mention least favorite tiara is Crown Princess Victoria’s 18th birthday tiara. I think this tiara has potential with the right tiara hair, but it is really some diamonds on a piece of wire. It is not that great, but it is not worth being on my least favorite tiaras list.

I think for tomorrow, let’s stay in Scandinavia.
Sep 16, 2014

My honorable mention least favorite tiara is Crown Princess Victoria’s 18th birthday tiara. I think this tiara has potential with the right tiara hair, but it is really some diamonds on a piece of wire. It is not that great, but it is not worth being on my least favorite tiaras list.

I think for tomorrow, let’s stay in Scandinavia.

I love Elizabeth’s ring. It is really delicate but got a lot bling to it, which works for her since this is a ring that she still wears to this day. However, I love the story behind it. Phillip was originally a Prince of Greece and Denmark when he met and fell in love with Elizabeth. When it was time for them to get married, they had to Anglicize him. He lost his title (and gained a proper British title). However he still had his promising military career (at this point). But, this ring symbolizes the sacrifices that Phillip made for Elizabeth, then and now. This ring is made of diamonds that came from a tiara of his mother, Princess Alice, who is a tragic figure in Phillip’s life (in fact, his whole childhood is very tragic. Read some bios on him and you will see why). Anyway, this ring, representing Phillip’s past, is also a symbol of Phillip’s future and I love it. I can’t accurately describe how much I love it in words. It is just awesome.


I will be starting my top ten worst tiaras (and one honorable mention) countdown tomorrow. I hope you enjoy!
Sep 15, 2014 / 4 notes

I love Elizabeth’s ring. It is really delicate but got a lot bling to it, which works for her since this is a ring that she still wears to this day. However, I love the story behind it. Phillip was originally a Prince of Greece and Denmark when he met and fell in love with Elizabeth. When it was time for them to get married, they had to Anglicize him. He lost his title (and gained a proper British title). However he still had his promising military career (at this point). But, this ring symbolizes the sacrifices that Phillip made for Elizabeth, then and now. This ring is made of diamonds that came from a tiara of his mother, Princess Alice, who is a tragic figure in Phillip’s life (in fact, his whole childhood is very tragic. Read some bios on him and you will see why). Anyway, this ring, representing Phillip’s past, is also a symbol of Phillip’s future and I love it. I can’t accurately describe how much I love it in words. It is just awesome.


I will be starting my top ten worst tiaras (and one honorable mention) countdown tomorrow. I hope you enjoy!

It is a tale old as time. Famous gorgeous movie star meets handsome exotic sovereign, decides to marry him and leave her career and Hollywood behind to become Princess of Monaco… Oh wait, that only happened once, didn’t it? The story of Rainier and Grace is one fraught with happiness and tragedy, success and sacrifice. Perhaps one of the first sacrifices involved the engagement ring. Rainier originally gave Grace a ruby and diamond engagement ring (which is a common engagement ring tradition amongst royals, known as the flag rings. All three engagement rings given by the Danish princes represent some sort of flag, for example). However, Rainer noticed that Hollywood stars are expecting BIG engagement rings, so he decided to give her a ring that befitted her status as a celebrity.

Now, I don’t just like it because it is huge. I love the story behind it. I also love that it may be huge but it is also delicate. If you have read any bios about Grace, you would know how lonely and fragile she was since childhood. But, she found her strength through acting, and later as a princess and mother. I just think it is a stunning ring for a stunning lady.  

I do want to note that I didn’t do this ring on this particular day on purpose. I didn’t even realize today is the anniversary of Grace’s  death until 5 minutes ago. I just want to make that known.


Tomorrow’s ring is my favorite. Yes, it is a little obvious but I don’t care. See you then!
Sep 14, 2014 / 6 notes

It is a tale old as time. Famous gorgeous movie star meets handsome exotic sovereign, decides to marry him and leave her career and Hollywood behind to become Princess of Monaco… Oh wait, that only happened once, didn’t it? The story of Rainier and Grace is one fraught with happiness and tragedy, success and sacrifice. Perhaps one of the first sacrifices involved the engagement ring. Rainier originally gave Grace a ruby and diamond engagement ring (which is a common engagement ring tradition amongst royals, known as the flag rings. All three engagement rings given by the Danish princes represent some sort of flag, for example). However, Rainer noticed that Hollywood stars are expecting BIG engagement rings, so he decided to give her a ring that befitted her status as a celebrity.

Now, I don’t just like it because it is huge. I love the story behind it. I also love that it may be huge but it is also delicate. If you have read any bios about Grace, you would know how lonely and fragile she was since childhood. But, she found her strength through acting, and later as a princess and mother. I just think it is a stunning ring for a stunning lady.

I do want to note that I didn’t do this ring on this particular day on purpose. I didn’t even realize today is the anniversary of Grace’s death until 5 minutes ago. I just want to make that known.


Tomorrow’s ring is my favorite. Yes, it is a little obvious but I don’t care. See you then!

Princess Margrethe was not your normal future queen. She wasn’t conventionally beautiful, she was extremely tall, she was extremely well-educated, and she had a very strong personality. In fact, legend says that her parents were worried that she would never find a potential spouse. Fortunately, while attending university in France, she met her perfect match- Henri de Monzepat. Henri was a Frenchman trained as a diplomat but also enjoyed writing poetry and spent some of his childhood in Vietnam. He was basically the perfect royal spouse for our Daisy.
So when he proposed to Daisy, he chose a fairly unique ring. First of all, he chose a big ring, which works for someone who has a bigger than life personality. Secondly and most importantly, he chose a ring with two big diamonds. In a way, this shows their relationship in a piece of jewelry. They are two bigger than life personalities who are united in marriage. He may have to sacrifice some (he had to change his name to Henrik, he converted from Catholicism to Protestantism) but he is willing to do so because he is in love with his Daisy. Yes, they may have been one big bump in the road when he was upset about being passed over by his son (known as his 2002 “flight” from Denmark), but they are still together and being adorable together. I honestly don’t think that they could have found a better match than each other and that ring symbolizes it. Some people may see it and laugh about how crazy unusual it is, but others look out at it and smile because that is such a great ring for the two of them.

I thinks this whole idea of sacrifice is going to continue throughout the top two. One spouse sacrifices his or her happiness to ensure the happiness of their union and showing it through jewelry? Yeah, the next two rings highlight that to a t.
Sep 13, 2014 / 17 notes

Princess Margrethe was not your normal future queen. She wasn’t conventionally beautiful, she was extremely tall, she was extremely well-educated, and she had a very strong personality. In fact, legend says that her parents were worried that she would never find a potential spouse. Fortunately, while attending university in France, she met her perfect match- Henri de Monzepat. Henri was a Frenchman trained as a diplomat but also enjoyed writing poetry and spent some of his childhood in Vietnam. He was basically the perfect royal spouse for our Daisy.
So when he proposed to Daisy, he chose a fairly unique ring. First of all, he chose a big ring, which works for someone who has a bigger than life personality. Secondly and most importantly, he chose a ring with two big diamonds. In a way, this shows their relationship in a piece of jewelry. They are two bigger than life personalities who are united in marriage. He may have to sacrifice some (he had to change his name to Henrik, he converted from Catholicism to Protestantism) but he is willing to do so because he is in love with his Daisy. Yes, they may have been one big bump in the road when he was upset about being passed over by his son (known as his 2002 “flight” from Denmark), but they are still together and being adorable together. I honestly don’t think that they could have found a better match than each other and that ring symbolizes it. Some people may see it and laugh about how crazy unusual it is, but others look out at it and smile because that is such a great ring for the two of them.

I thinks this whole idea of sacrifice is going to continue throughout the top two. One spouse sacrifices his or her happiness to ensure the happiness of their union and showing it through jewelry? Yeah, the next two rings highlight that to a t.

My number four favorite royal engagement ring belonged to the two main Norwegian royal ladies, Queen Sonja and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. But, it did start as a ring for King Harald’s late and beloved mother, Crown Princess Martha. In a loving nod to his late mother’s memory, Harald used it when he proposed to Sonja (who died about fourteen years before her son got married due to cancer). With Sonja, it is a nice hint to her quirky yet traditional personality. It is also a lovely sign that she was starting to be accepted by her future father-in-law as a  future queen of Norway (A famous story states that Harald told his father that he would never marry if he wasn’t allowed to marry Sonja, who he had been with for about eight years before they were married. Olaf, fearing the death of his royal house more than his son marrying a commoner, relented. He even walked Sonja down the aisle, as her own father died nine years before she was married).
 Flash forward to another controversial marriage involving the heir of the Norwegian throne. Mette-Marit had a harder time with being accepted. Sonja was just a commoner. M-M was a commoner, single mom, and involved in the drug scene. Many Norwegians were left stunned by Mette-Marit and Haakon’s engagement, however there were a couple that were truly accepting of this marriage-Harald and Sonja. After all, they had dealt with it themselves. Not only were they okay with it, Sonja gave Haakon her engagement ring to use for M-M. 

With all of this said, this ring stands for much more than just an engagement. It stands for family acceptance and embracing the new to combine with the traditional. It suits both women to a t. Quirky yet traditional. Delicate but not super feminine. It is a just lovely testament to how close this family is and how modern times didn’t shake it up. it just made them stronger.

Tomorrow’s ring highlights this particular couple’s personality.
Sep 12, 2014 / 1 note

My number four favorite royal engagement ring belonged to the two main Norwegian royal ladies, Queen Sonja and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. But, it did start as a ring for King Harald’s late and beloved mother, Crown Princess Martha. In a loving nod to his late mother’s memory, Harald used it when he proposed to Sonja (who died about fourteen years before her son got married due to cancer). With Sonja, it is a nice hint to her quirky yet traditional personality. It is also a lovely sign that she was starting to be accepted by her future father-in-law as a future queen of Norway (A famous story states that Harald told his father that he would never marry if he wasn’t allowed to marry Sonja, who he had been with for about eight years before they were married. Olaf, fearing the death of his royal house more than his son marrying a commoner, relented. He even walked Sonja down the aisle, as her own father died nine years before she was married).
Flash forward to another controversial marriage involving the heir of the Norwegian throne. Mette-Marit had a harder time with being accepted. Sonja was just a commoner. M-M was a commoner, single mom, and involved in the drug scene. Many Norwegians were left stunned by Mette-Marit and Haakon’s engagement, however there were a couple that were truly accepting of this marriage-Harald and Sonja. After all, they had dealt with it themselves. Not only were they okay with it, Sonja gave Haakon her engagement ring to use for M-M.

With all of this said, this ring stands for much more than just an engagement. It stands for family acceptance and embracing the new to combine with the traditional. It suits both women to a t. Quirky yet traditional. Delicate but not super feminine. It is a just lovely testament to how close this family is and how modern times didn’t shake it up. it just made them stronger.

Tomorrow’s ring highlights this particular couple’s personality.

My number five is Paola’s engagement ring. For those who don’t know, paola was quite beautiful in her youth. She was even known as “dolce Paola” in Europe during the sixties. The ring is a great fit for Paola in so many reasons. Paola is very fashionable but is apparently perceived as aloof. Yes, this ring is big but it is not gaudy. It is also befitted her position at the time as the wife of the second-born son who was never going to be King. It is a very striking ring, just like Paola

My number four ring is a ring that has been worn by two non-British royal ladies.
Sep 11, 2014 / 2 notes

My number five is Paola’s engagement ring. For those who don’t know, paola was quite beautiful in her youth. She was even known as “dolce Paola” in Europe during the sixties. The ring is a great fit for Paola in so many reasons. Paola is very fashionable but is apparently perceived as aloof. Yes, this ring is big but it is not gaudy. It is also befitted her position at the time as the wife of the second-born son who was never going to be King. It is a very striking ring, just like Paola

My number four ring is a ring that has been worn by two non-British royal ladies.