July is the month of the regal ruby, and one of the most celebrated suites of royal jewels featuring the gemstone comes from Denmark. Today, here’s a closer look at the way Crown Princess Mary styled the Danish Ruby Parure for her brother-in-law’s wedding in 2008.
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark arrived with the rest of the royal family for the wedding of Prince Joachim and Marie Cavallier in Mogeltonder on May 24, 2008. Mary wore an ice blue gown with a tiered skirt for the wedding, accessorized with the royal rubies and the sash and star of the Order of the Elephant.
Here’s an excellent look at the tiara from the ruby parure as Mary wore it for the wedding. These royal rubies came to Denmark from Sweden, but they originally resided in France. They were commissioned by Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte (later King Carl XIV Johan of Sweden) for his wife, Desiree Clary, to wear at the imperial coronation of Napoleon and Josephine. Desiree wore them in the imperial procession at the Cathedral of Notre Dame on December 2, 1804.
Though the individual sections of the tiara date to 1804, the tiara itself was created for Queen Ingrid in the twentieth century. The large wreath features diamond leaves and small ruby berries. A few years after this wedding, Mary had the size of the tiara reduced slightly so that it better fit her head shape.
She also wore the bangle bracelet from the set on her right wrist.
She finished off her jewelry look with rings on both her hands. This diamond ring was worn on her right hand, and her engagement and wedding rings were placed on her left.
The rubies and diamonds of the suite are always neat reminders of Denmark’s national colors, which were echoed on this day by the ribbon of Queen Margrethe II’s royal family order.