The Norwegian royal family has had a lot to celebrate lately! Queen Sonja celebrated her birthday on Sunday, and June 23 marked the 30th anniversary of King Harald and Queen Sonja’s consecration. Thirty years on the throne is a major milestone, and the Norwegian royal court has released a new set of bejeweled portraits to mark the occasion.
Taken by Jørgen Gomnæs, the photographs feature the royal couple in black-tie gala attire. King Harald is dapper in a classic tuxedo, while Queen Sonja wears some of her favorite evening dresses and jewelry.
With her purple gown, Sonja wears several pieces of diamond and pearl jewelry. The spotlight piece here is the diamond and pearl scroll brooch pinned near her neckline. This is the Drapers’ Company Brooch, which was presented to Queen Maud by the Drapers’ Company (one of the livery companies in the City of London) as a wedding gift in 1896. She paired the brooch with diamond and pearl earrings (which coordinate with Queen Maud’s Pearl Tiara), a pearl bracelet, and a pearl ring.
In a third portrait, Queen Sonja poses wearing a chic ivory gown accessorized with diamonds and emeralds. She wore her modern diamond and emerald demi-parure, which consists of a necklace made of emerald beads and a pair of diamond spacer elements, and a coordinating pair of earrings. Sonja has been wearing this set for at least two decades, though the design of the pieces suggests an early twentieth-century creation date. She also wears a diamond brooch, a diamond bracelet, a diamond and emerald ring, and her favorite stack of slim gold bangles.
The royal couple also posed for a more casual set of images. In these pictures, Queen Sonja wore casual jewelry, including an interesting brooch with a rose design.