27 February 2015

This Week in Royal Jewels: February 20-26

February 20-26, 2015

Rings, bracelets, and earrings galore this week. Don't forget to vote for your favorite!

10.  Queen Silvia of Sweden gave us a glimpse of her rings on Wednesday as she attended the Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun.

26 February 2015

Crown Princess Mary's Engagement Ring

As we wrap up our look into the jewelry box of our Magpie of the Month, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, it's only appropriate that we discuss the piece of jewelry that signaled her entry into the world of royalty: her engagement ring.

Mary met her future husband -- and the future king of Denmark -- during the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Three years later, the couple officially announced their engagement. The ring that Crown Prince Frederik gave his future bride featured both diamonds and a colored stone: rubies.

25 February 2015

Vintage Royals: Greek Royal Ladies

Princess Andrew of Greece and Denmark (Alice of Battenberg), Queen Friederike of the Hellenes, and Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes pose with Anne-Marie's newborn daughter, Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark, following her baptism in Athens on 24 September 1965. At the time, Alexia was Greece's crown princess

Birthday Jewels: Alice of Battenberg


February 25 is the birthday of one of the most interesting princesses to have lived in the twentieth century: Alice of Battenberg, the great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, the niece of Empress Alexandra and Grand Duchess Ella of Russia, the wife of Prince Andrew of Greece, the mother of the Duke of Edinburgh, the sister of Queen Louise of Sweden and Lord Louis Mountbatten, the mother-in-law of Queen Elizabeth II, and the grandmother of the Prince of Wales (among many others).

Alice's life was dramatic, glamorous, tragic, tumultuous, and even heroic, and in between all of that, she managed to wear some interesting jewelry, too. To celebrate her birthday, here are some of my favorite photographs of the bejeweled princess.

Baby Alice with her mother, Princess Victoria of Hesse; her great-aunt, Princess Beatrice; and her great-grandmother, Queen Victoria