28 August 2018

Queen Anne-Marie's Anchor Brooch

Anne-Marie wears her anchor brooch at the christening of Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine of Denmark, 14 April 2011 (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Earlier this month, we spent some time with the anchor brooches from Queen Margrethe II of Denmark's jewelry box. But she's not the only member of the Danish royal family to wear a jeweled anchor. Today, we've got a closer look at the anchor brooch worn by her sister, Queen Anne-Marie.




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Anne-Marie's anchor brooch is a classic, all-diamond piece. According to Bjarne Steen Jensen, the brooch was a gift to Anne-Marie from her husband, Constantine II, the last King of Greece. As Jensen points out, a maritime motif is an appropriate one for a gift from Constantine. A skilled sailor, he earned a gold medal in sailing for Greece in the 1960 Summer Olympics.


Anne-Marie wears her anchor brooch the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards Dinner and Presentation in Helsinki, 7 November 2006 (Carlo Borlenghi/ISAF via Getty Images)

Both Greece and Denmark are countries with proud naval and maritime histories, and Anne-Marie finds plenty of appropriate occasions to wear her anchor brooch. In 2006, she chose it for a sailing awards reception in Finland.


Anne-Marie wears her anchor brooch outside the Danish parliament buildings in Copenhagen, 13 May 2004 (ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Anne-Marie most often wears the brooches in recent years for important family events in Denmark, and she almost always pairs it with outfits in shades of blue. Here, she wears the brooch on a light blue jacket for a pre-wedding reception at Denmark's parliament in honor of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary.


Anne-Marie wears the anchor brooch at the christening of Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, 14 April 2011 (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

In 2011, she wore the brooch for the christening of Frederik and Mary's twins, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine. The anchor was an especially appropriate choice, given the christening's location at Holmens Kirke. Originally built as an anchor forge for the local shipyard, the building was later converted into a naval church. It is the burial place for some of Denmark's great naval heroes. (It was also the place where Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik were married in 1967.)


Anne-Marie wears her anchor brooch during the celebrations of Queen Margrethe II's Ruby Jubilee, 15 January 2012 (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

In 2012, Anne-Marie brought out the brooch again in Denmark, pairing it with a royal blue ensemble for the Ruby Jubilee celebrations of Queen Margrethe II. On this occasion, and on many others, she wore the brooch with a pair of diamond and sapphire earrings with a floral design and pearls.