22 March 2017

Mourning Jewels: Funeral of Prince Richard

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The life of Prince Richard, head of the House of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and husband of Princess Benedikte of Denmark, was celebrated today in Bad Berleburg. Members from many royal families gathered to remember the late prince.




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Princess Benedikte wore a gorgeous diamond and pearl scroll brooch with a pearl pendant. The brooch, which resembles a heart, was given to Benedikte by her mother, Queen Ingrid, following the birth of Prince Gustav in 1969. Benedikte wore the brooch for the first official photos of the baby prince. Bjarne Steen Jensen writes that the brooch belonged to Ingrid's mother, Margaret of Connaught. I've also read, however, that the brooch came from Benedikte's paternal grandparents, and was a gift from King Christian X of Denmark to his wife, Queen Alexandrine.


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Benedikte's elder daughter, Princess Alexandra, wore one of her mother's diamond stars as a brooch. The set of stars originally belonged to Queen Victoria of Sweden, Benedikte's great-grandmother. Alexandra's daughter, Countess Ingrid von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth, also appears to be wearing a diamond bar brooch.



Princess Nathalie, Benedikte's younger daughter, borrowed her mother's diamond bow brooch. She also wore earrings set with blue gemstones.



Carina Axelsson, the partner of Benedikte's son, Prince Gustav, wore pearls.


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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Benedikte's elder sister, wore a piece that I'm not familiar with: a blue enamel heart brooch surrounded by a border of diamonds. The center of the brooch appears to be decorated with a royal cypher. It resembles Queen Ingrid's cypher as well as those of two of her predecessors, Queen Louise and Queen Lovisa.


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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wore the small round diamond brooch that's said to have been a gift from her father-in-law, Prince Henrik.


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Princess Marie of Denmark wore pearls, including her small diamond and pearl flower brooch.


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Queen Anne-Marie, Benedikte's younger sister, wore a four-stranded pearl necklace, plus diamond and pearl earrings. She also wore an interesting ring on her right hand. Her younger daughter, Princess Theodora, also attended but wore no jewelry of note.


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The Norwegian royal family was represented by Princess Martha Louise, who wore classic earrings.


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Queen Silvia of Sweden wore pearls with a modern, monochrome floral brooch.


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She was accompanied by her daughter, Princess Madeleine, who is also Benedikte's goddaughter. She wore a simple pair of stud earrings.


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A trio of Dutch royals also attended the funeral. Queen Maxima wore diamond and pearl earrings with a pearl necklace (which features a central, pave-set bead).


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Maxima also wore a trio of bracelets; the lower two feature the names and initials of her husband and children.


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Princess Beatrix accompanied Willem-Alexander and Maxima to Bad Berleburg. She wore multi-colored pearls with large earrings, a pair of slender bracelets, and her diamond engagement ring.