The Antique Pearl Tiara of the Netherlands

The Antique Pearl Tiara of the Netherlands

Queen Maxima wears The Antique Pearl Tiara with the famous Amalia pearls, for her 40th birthday formal portrait in 2011.

This current Antique Pearl Tiara was made in 1900, designed after the Pavlovnik Tiara that was worn by Anna Pavlova in an 1849 portrait.

The Amalia Pearls are the beautiful pear shaped pearls that sit on top of the current Antique Pearl Tiara. They had belonged to Amalia of Solms-Braunfels, a 17c. Dutch princess. The tiara can be worn without the pearls as well.

Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands was the first to wear the current Antique Pearl Tiara. She put it into a family jewel foundation so that all of the Netherland's Queens and Princesses could wear it. It was passed on to her daughter Queen Julianna in 1962. Since then, it has been worn by Queen Juliana's daughter the Queen Beatrix, who became Queen in 1980, as well as her sisters, Irene, Margiet, and Christina.

Queen Beatrix's son, Willem-Alexander of the Netherland, married Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti in 2002 and became the Queen consort in 2013. Queen Maxima is the current wearer of the Antique Pearl Crown. She often wears it without those gorgeous Amalia pearls, though. Queen Maxima did name her first daughter Amalia in homage to the Amalia Pearls in her tiara.

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