OK, it's not actually a state event but it's as regular in the royal calendar as any official visit or gala banquet. Sweden's royals have celebrated the Nobel Prize winners at a glittering ceremony in Stockholm and packed in all the tiara surprises while they were at it. Apart from Queen Silvia. But when you've got access to some of the biggest and best jewels in Europe, who needs surprises? Settle back and enjoy some pre-Christmas sparkle with this look at the tiaras that came out to dazzle at the 2017 Nobel Prize Ceremony.
We're not done with the surprises yet. Princess Sofia wore her wedding tiara but made us all sit up and look by swapping the emeralds that famously top it with pearls. Yes, pearls. We'd just seen this tiara without its green stones when Sofia removed them for a gala dinner a few weeks ago but now she's gone full on royal with us by popping another stone in there altogether.
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The tiara features diamonds shaped like trees and in this incarnation it seems to have some rather delicate pearl drops attached intermittently along the top. Swapping emeralds for pearls is a popular royal trick with tiaras in both the modern British and Dutch collections on constant stand by for the move, and Sofia's made a rather nifty addition to that very exclusive club. Except the tree motif keeps it very modern looking. A sparkling royal twist on the traditional.
Princess Madeleine, meanwhile, chose one of the Swedish Royal Family's most famous and historic tiaras. It's a Swedish regal staple, just not on Madeleine. The princess wore the Amethyst tiara which never fails to wow. And though we've seen it on Madeleine before, it was a surprise as her Nobel prize pick.
The stones in this sparkler are said to have originated with the Empress Josephine, the great love of Napoleon, and they came to Sweden with her granddaughter who was named in her honour. That Josephine married the future King Oscar I of Sweden, changed her name to Josefina and sparkled in her amethysts. At that time, they were actually a necklace but Madeleine's mother, Silvia, turned them into a tiara and not long afterwards gave her younger daugther the middle name of Josephine so it's rather appropriate that this princess wore this tiara to the Nobel ceremony.
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We've got an honourable nod too for Princess Christina who kept the Napoleonic theme going. King Carl XVI Gustaf's big sister wore the cut steel bandeau belonging to her royal house and which is also believed to have first belonged to the Empress Josephine. This sparkler, which contains no diamonds just steel which is polished and cut to shine and then some, was also in Queen Josefina's suitcase when she arrived in Sweden to take on her new royal role. It looks very modern on Christina and above all, it's just great to see her looking so well after her diagnosis with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia last year.