17 April 2015

Queen Margrethe's 75th Birthday: Balcony and Town Hall Reception

The celebrations for Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, who turned 75 on Thursday, continue! Let's rundown the jewels worn to the daytime events on Thursday, shall we?

After the traditional "morning wake-up call" to the Queen (at which jewels were largely few and far between), the royals gathered at Amalienborg Palace for a balcony appearance and then traveled to the town hall in Copenhagen for a reception. Margrethe selected one of her most precious pieces of jewelry to wear on her birthday: the diamond daisy brooch that was given to her by her mother, Queen Ingrid. You can read about the brooch's sentimental history -- it honors Margrethe's grandmother, also called Daisy -- over here!

The next Queen of Denmark was crown princess levels of perfection, even if she kept the jewels to a minimum, wearing stud earrings, a simple bracelet, and her brand-new commemorative medal in honor of her mother-in-law's 75th.

Even the littlest members of the DRF got a fancy new medal. Here's Princess Josephine wearing hers.

And here's the entire crown princely clan in theirs, looking extremely color-coordinated and ready for their family photos.

The Prince Joachims were also be-medaled and ready to wave.

Princess Marie wore an intriguing new bird brooch with her outfit for the daytime festivities. She also wore earrings with square green stones -- perhaps peridot?

Prince Henrik was still too ill to attend, but Margrethe was flanked by her heir and her spare as she greeted the public.

Princess Benedikte paired pearls with her pink ensemble. It looks to me like her ring and earrings also include red or dark pink stones.

Queen Anne-Marie was wrapped up tightly against the wind, but we can still see that she also has red stones in her earrings and the bracelet on her right wrist. You can also sneak a peek at her gold bracelet, worn by all female descendants of Queen Ingrid, just above her wristwatch.

Queen Silvia of Sweden, who is married to Margrethe's first cousin, King Carl XVI Gustaf, wore small pearl earrings, her usual stack of rings, and a collection of bracelets.

Here's a good look at her rings. She also had a small ribbon pinned to her coat -- I could be wrong, but I believe this is an Order of the Elephant ribbon.

The Scandinavian crown princely couples attended the Thursday festivities, replacing the Benelux royals, who headed home. Crown Princess Victoria paid a nifty tribute to her cousin with a daisy brooch. I'm not sure if this is a piece of jewelry made by Georg Jensen, or just one in a similar style, but either way, I love this little nod to Margrethe. Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore an interesting headpiece, pairing it with teeny little stud earrings in the shape of a human skull. You can take the princess out of the rock music festival, but...

Stay tuned later today for jewels from the last event of the celebrations: the dinner at Fredensborg!