Born a Queen: 'Yessss! I adóre tiaras'
Crown Princess Amalia of the Netherlands turns 18 years old in December, an important moment for her and the country. This is marked with a book containing interviews with the Crown Princess, in which she also mentions her love for tiara's and jewellery in general:
‘That day of the inauguration (of her father as King, ES) was a big push in the other way. I wanted to start helping my parents, I felt that very strongly. Instead of a burden, I also started seeing it as an honour.’ Before that, becoming Queen was mostly something to tease her younger sisters with. ‘I would shout: “In the future I will say no and then Alexia can do it.” And Alexia would say: “No! I don’t want that! I don’t want to wear a tiara!”
And you? I ask more or less rhetorically because I think: who does want to wear a tiara? But to my surprise Amalia starts to radiate.
“Yessss! I adóre tiaras. Show me a tiara and I know where it comes from. I can recognise all European tiaras. Back in the days I would already put them on, from my mother. One would stand on her makeup table and I wore it directly. I loved going through my mother’s jewellery anyway. Already when I was very young. When she was preparing for an important dinner, she would shout through the house: “Amalia, where is that ring?”’
This photo from 2012 - Amalia was 8 years old - shows one of those moments, wearing the Mogok ruby and diamond tiara which her ancestor King William III of the Netherlands acquired from the Parisian jeweller Mellerio for his wife Queen Emma in 1888. The design was made by the most important jewellery maker of the 19th century, Oscar Massin, who possibly also made the tiara. The fitting model of the whole parure can be seen in the collection of Nederlands ZILVERMUSEUM Schoonhoven.
Photo credit: Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst.