This week, the Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg — better known as Princess Benedikte of Denmark — celebrated her seventieth birthday. She’s the daughter of King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid of Denmark and the sister of two more queens, Margrethe II of Denmark and Anne-Marie (formerly) of Greece. As such, she has some pretty significant heirloom jewelry in her collection. Today’s tiara is one of the ones that she inherited from her late mother.
|Queen Sofia wearing the tiara |
Sofia left the tiara to another Swedish queen: her daughter-in-law, Victoria of Baden. And when Victoria died in 1930, she was specific about who she wanted to inherit the piece: her granddaughter, Princess Ingrid. When Ingrid married the future King Frederik IX of Denmark five years later, she took the tiara with her to her new country. You’ll sometimes see the piece called “Queen Ingrid’s Star and Pearl Tiara” because of its association with Queen Ingrid.