7/10 >> norwegian tiaras.
Empress Josephine’s Emerald Tiara is another Scandinavian tiara with a French history. This tiara (and the parure that goes with it) was owned by Empress Josephine of France, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. Josephine’s son, Eugene, Duke of Leuchtenberg, had two daughters (well, he had more, but these are the only ones that factor into our little tale here): Amelie and Josephine. Amelie married Emperor Pedro of Brazil and Josephine married Oscar I of Sweden. Amelie received this tiara from her mother (who received it from Empress Josephine), and when Amelie died in 1873 she left it (along with the Braganza Tiara) to her sister, Queen Josefina of Sweden. This tiara was passed down in Sweden until it reached Princess Ingeborg, Prince Carl of Sweden’s wife. Their daughter, Martha, married Olav V of Norway. She was given the tiara by her parents before World War II started, thinking that she could sell the tiara if times got rough for the Norwegian royals. Luckily, they didn’t, and today we see this hefty tiara gracing Queen Sonja’s head at some of the most important events she attends. She wore it at Crown Prince Haakon’s wedding, Crown Prince Frederik’s wedding and Crown Princess Victoria’s wedding. This is very much a “Queen” tiara, and we likely won’t see this on anyone else until a new queen comes to the throne.