08 April 2020

Queen Margrethe's 70th Birthday Flashbacks: Crown Princess Mary's Concert Jewels

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Our look back at Queen Margrethe's 70th birthday concert continues with the sparkling jewels worn by her daughter-in-law, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.




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Mary wore a flowing, Grecian-style one-shoulder white gown for the gala in Copenhagen. She accessorized with pieces from her most important jewelry set: the Danish rubies.


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At this concert gala, Mary debuted the renovated version of the grand ruby parure. The tiara had been slightly reconfigured to better fit her head, and the earrings were adjusted to be worn at various lengths and with various pendants -- here, for example, with pearl drops.


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Here's another angle that shows the shape of the renovated tiara. The changes Mary made were controversial with some who believed that she shouldn't have altered such a famous piece -- but it's worth remembering that the previous wearer, Queen Ingrid, made substantial changes to the tiara as well, transforming it from a simple bandeau to the wreath we're familiar with today.


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Mary also pinned the large corsage brooch from the set to the bodice of her gown...


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...and wore the diamond, ruby, and gold bangle, an addition to the parure made by Queen Ingrid, on her left forearm. She stacked a few rings on her right hand as well.


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With her gown and jewels, Mary also wore the sash and star of the Order of the Elephant, as well as her mother-in-law's Royal Family Order.


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Here's one more look at Mary's jewels from the event. What do you think: should she have renovated the set, or worn it just as Queen Ingrid did?