05 August 2018

Queen Margrethe's Anchor Brooches

Margrethe wears her diamond and sapphire anchor brooch in Berlin, September 2014 (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

When you're the monarch of a nation with a grand maritime history, it's no surprise that your jewelry box contains more than one brooch with a seafaring theme. Today, we're looking at two anchor brooches worn by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.


Margrethe wears her silver anchor brooch in Norway, July 2007 (Niels Henrik Dam/Getty Images)

One of the brooches is made of silver-toned metal with blue enamel accents. Above, Margrethe wears the brooch for the official opening of the Spangereid Canal in Lindesnes, part of the 70th birthday celebrations for Queen Sonja of Norway in July 2007.


Margrethe wears her diamond and sapphire anchor brooch in Berlin, September 2014 (Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

A grander example of the style is Margrethe's diamond and sapphire anchor brooch. Bjarne Steen Jensen notes that Margrethe often wears her brooch for maritime-related events, as well as her annual trips aboard the royal yacht Dannebrog. Here, Margrethe wears the brooch for during a visit to Germany in September 2014, where she visited a replica of a Viking ship in Berlin.


A closer view of Margrethe's diamond and sapphire anchor brooch (HENNING BAGGER/AFP/Getty Images)

Here's a closer look at the brooch, with its line of sapphires set straight down the center. Queen Alexandrine's collection also included a similar sapphire and diamond brooch, but that piece was inherited by Margrethe's cousin, the late Princess Elisabeth. Unlike Margrethe's, Elisabeth's brooch also features sapphires across the bottom of the anchor.


Margrethe wears her diamond and sapphire anchor brooch in South Korea, October 2007 (JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

Margrethe does often wear her diamond and sapphire brooch for naval events, but she also wears the piece more generally. Above, she dons the brooch at the Changdeok Palace in Seoul during her October 2007 visit to South Korea.


Margrethe wears her diamond and sapphire anchor brooch for the annual summer photocall at Grasten, July 2016 (HENNING BAGGER/AFP/Getty Images)

And she's also chosen the brooch for family events, like the annual photocall at Grasten Palace in July 2016.