01 January 2021

Tiaras in Copenhagen: Denmark's Sparkling Royal New Year Tradition

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Every year, the Danish royal family gathers in Copenhagen for the annual New Year's levee and banquet at Christian VII's Palace at Amalienborg. The celebration is one of the grandest events on the Danish royal calendar, as it is one of a handful of "collar days" for the Order of the Elephant. The ladies of the royal family pair grand jewels with the golden collar of the order, which you can learn more about here. Since the tradition won't happen as usual today, thanks to the continuing pandemic restrictions, I've got a look back at the sparkle from years past. Diamonds, velvet, satin, and one very recognizable royal fur stole: here are the jewels and grandeur of New Year's Day in Denmark!


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January 2012: Queen Margrethe II of Denmark wears the Pearl Poire Tiara with the earrings and necklace from the Diamond Floral Suite that makes up part of Denmark's crown jewel collection


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January 2012: Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wears the Danish Ruby Parure Tiara, plus the earrings and hair combs from the set. She also pinned the brooch from the suite at her waist, suspending a silvery pearl drop from the jewel.


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January 2013: Queen Margrethe wears the Naasut Tiara with its coordinating earrings, plus Queen Charlotte Amalie's Pearl Necklace, which dates to the seventeenth century and is part of the crown jewel collection


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January 2013: Crown Princess Mary wears the Danish Ruby Parure Tiara, plus the set's earrings, necklace (with one pendant), bangle bracelet, and brooch (pinned at her waist)


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January 2013: Princess Marie wears Princess Dagmar's Floral Tiara with pearl button and drop earrings


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January 2014: Queen Margrethe wears the Danish Emerald Parure Tiara, plus the earrings and necklace from the same suite, which is part of the Danish crown jewel collection


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January 2014: Crown Princess Mary wears the Danish Ruby Parure Tiara, with the set's earrings (in stud form) and brooch (worn as an ornament on a velvet choker)


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January 2014: Princess Marie wears Princess Dagmar's Floral Tiara with diamond and pearl earrings


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January 2015: Queen Margrethe wears the Danish Emerald Parure Tiara with the set's earrings and necklace


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January 2015: Crown Princess Mary wears the Danish Ruby Parure Tiara, plus the set's necklace and earrings (with a pearl drop suspended from the ruby and diamond stud)


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January 2015: Princess Marie wears Princess Dagmar's Floral Tiara with earrings set with pinkish-red stones


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January 2016: Queen Margrethe wears the Pearl Poire Tiara with Queen Charlotte Amalie's Pearl Necklace, plus pieces from the ruby, diamond, and pearl suite from the crown jewel collection


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January 2016: Crown Princess Mary wears the Danish Ruby Parure Tiara with the earrings from the suite (with one pendant only)


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January 2016: Princess Marie wears Princess Dagmar's Floral Tiara with pearl button earrings and diamond bracelets


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January 2017: Queen Margrethe wears the Pearl Poire Tiara with Queen Charlotte Amalie's Pearl Necklace, plus pieces from the ruby, diamond, and pearl suite from the crown jewel collection


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January 2017: Crown Princess Mary wears the Danish Ruby Parure Tiara with the earrings (in their full girandole setting), the brooch, the bangle bracelet, and the ring


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January 2017: Princess Marie wears Princess Dagmar's Floral Tiara with diamond earrings


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January 2018: Queen Margrethe wears the Danish Emerald Parure Tiara with the earrings and necklace from the suite


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January 2018: Crown Princess Mary wears the Danish Ruby Parure Tiara with the earrings from the suite (in their full girandole setting)


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January 2018: Princess Marie wears Princess Dagmar's Floral Tiara with fan-shaped earrings set with red gems


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January 2019: Queen Margrethe wears the Pearl Poire Tiara with its matching brooch suspended from a pearl necklace, plus the Khedive of Egypt Pearl Earrings


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January 2019: Crown Princess Mary wears her Edwardian Tiara with the new earrings that were made to match the antique diadem


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January 2019: Princess Marie wears Princess Dagmar's Floral Tiara with diamond earrings


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January 2020: Queen Margrethe wears the Danish Emerald Parure Tiara with its coordinating earrings and necklace


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January 2020: Crown Princess Mary wears the Danish Ruby Parure Tiara with the suite's earrings (in stud form), necklace (without pendants), bangle bracelet, and brooch (pinned at her waist)


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January 2020: Princess Marie wears Princess Dagmar's Floral Tiara with modern diamond earrings


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January 2020: Princess Benedikte wears Queen Sofia's Star and Pearl Tiara with pearl drop earrings and a double-stranded pearl necklace


Which New Year jewels in Copenhagen are your favorites?