The Braganza Tiara was another tiara which made it’s way into the Swedish Royal Vault courtesy of Josephine of Leuchtenberg and it has become a real favourite for Queen Silvia who probably wears it the most.
The tiara once belonged to Josephine’s sister, Amelie, wife of Pedro of Brazil, who abdicated in favour of his son on 7 April 1831. When Amelie and Pedro returned to Europe, Pedro began to use the title Duke of Braganza, the traditional title for the heir of the Portuguese throne. When Amelie outlived her only child, she left everything to her sister which is how the Braganza tiara came into the possession of the Swedish royal family.
The tiara was made from diamonds belonging to Maria Leopoldina of Brazil, Pedro’s first wife, but Amelie had the design reworked several times. The tiara features an intricate pattern of arabesques, flowers and leaves depicted in diamonds and mounted in gold and silver. The tiara is quite heavy so Silvia mainly wears it to special events such as state functions or weddings.
Original Owner: Amelie of Brazil
Current Owner: The Bernadotte Foundation