Because of her close relationship to several royal houses, Princess Margaretha of Denmark came to attend more royal events than most people. She liked to dress up and wear her pieces of jewellery and among her best jewels was a diamond floral tiara in the shape of five loops.
The origins of this tiara are uncertain – an older article says it first belonged to Queen Louise of Denmark, consort of King Christian IX, but its first known owner was her French-born daughter-in-law, Princess Marie.
This eccentric, gifted princess died at the age of only 44 in 1909, but the tiara reappeared after her second son, Prince Axel, married Princess Margaretha of Sweden in 1919. Margaretha continued to wear it throughout her life, which lasted until 1977.
In his book Juvelerne i det danske kongehus (2001) Bjarne Steen Jensen states that Margaretha’s second son, Count Flemming of Rosenborg, inherited the tiara “and it is now worn by Countess Ruth”.
Although presented as an indisputable fact this is, like much else in that book, a mere guess by the author. It is also completely wrong. Countess Ruth of Rosenborg has never worn her mother-in-law’s tiara and she has told me that upon Princess Margaretha’s death it was inherited by her eldest son, Prince Georg, who sold it off. The tiara’s current whereabouts are not known – or if it is still in existence at all.
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