Our countdown of your favorite tiaras continues with...
#4. The Danish Ruby Parure Tiara
We have bemoaned the size of Crown Princess Mary's tiara collection many a time on this site. She has just two, plus the loaned Midnight Tiara, and one of them is a tiara that many find way too small for a future queen. But here's a thought: if you were to value jewel collections by the weight of their historical provenance, rather than just cumulative carats of bling or pure variety, Mary might come out farther ahead in the game than you think. Yes, her ruby parure - containing your fourth favorite tiara - carries some hefty historical weight indeed.
|The Danish Ruby Parure Tiara|
|Queen Alexandrine of Denmark|
|Queen Ingrid in the original parure|
|A young Princess Benedikte playing with her mother's rubies|
|Queen Ingrid in the altered parure|
|Crown Princess Mary in the tiara as she first wore it|
|The parure's brooch|
|Mary's tiara overhaul|
|Mary with the altered tiara|
A sparkly view is above; for even more information and loads more glittering shots, I highly recommend you watch Part 1 of De Kongelige Juveler, where you can hear Queen Margrethe and Crown Princess Mary discuss this piece and what it means in their own words.
How do you rate the rubies?
Photos: Nordisk Film/Sn.dk/Corbis/PPE/DR 1/Svenskdam/BilledBladet