The great advantage of an exhibition like “En Dronningens Smykkeskrin. 50 år på tronen fortalt i smykker” (A Queen’s Jewellery Box. 50 years on the throne told through jewellery) is that you can actually tell beforehand which jewelry will be worn at a huge event like the 50th anniversary on the throne of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Back in Copenhagen I visited the exhibition again on Friday 9 September 2022. I had hoped for lots of her costume jewelry for the summer to have returned, but unfortunately she hadn’t returned them to the exhibition. This time also a few major pieces were missing, and it was easy to spot that the Queen would wear her floral aigrette, likely on Saturday evening, and the Pearl Poiré tiara on Sunday evening.
Saturday 10 September – Royal Theatre
Queen Margrethe chose to wear her floral aigrette with matching earrings, brooch and diamond necklace. Crown Princess Mary opted for her new Edwardian style tiara. Princess Marie wore her Nuits Claires Tiara with saphires. Countess Alexandra appeared wearing her own tiara, the Alexandrine Diamond Drop Tiara.
There were plenty more tiaras to see, which was a relief for many of us, as we had feared also the clothing and jewelry would be scaled down after the death of the British Queen Elizabeth II. Among the tiara wearers were Princess Benedikte of Denmark, former Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, Queen Silvia of Sweden, Queen Sonja of Norway, Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, Princess Alexia of Greece, Princess Theodora of Greece, Princess Nina of Greece, Princess Alexandra zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Princess Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Countess Sussie of Rosenborg and plenty of Danish nobles. Unfortunately I was standing on the other side of the street, so I could hardly see the jewelry, but The Royal Watcher did have a great spot in the press area in front of the theatre.
Sunday 11 September – Church & Lunch at the Dannebrog
Of course Queen Margrethe choose to wear her Diamond Daisy Brooch and her matching Daisy earrings. Obviously Crown Princess Mary choose the Connaught Sapphire Brooch, that was also missing from the jewelry exhibition at the Amalienborg Museum.
Sunday 11 September – Dinner at Christiansborg
For the gala dinner at Christiansborg Palace Queen Margrethe choose her Pearl Poiré Tiara, one of her favourites, with the matching necklace, earrings and brooch. During a visit to Rosenborg Castle on Saturday we had also noticed that the old, seldomly worn chain of the Order of the Elephant was missing, which she obviously wore. Princess Marie wore Princess Dagmar’s Floral Tiara, that also was exhibited at Amalienborg, and had gone missing there. And Crown Princess Mary wore the Danish Ruby Parure Tiara, that currently is exhibited at the Koldinghus in Kolding. I had already heard that it was missing there.
Much less guests that at the theatre, but present here also were Princess Benedikte of Denmark, former Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, Queen Silvia of Sweden, Queen Sonja of Norway and Countess Sussie of Rosenborg, all with tiaras of course.