This week, our Sparkling Spotlight posts pay tribute to five of the royal ladies celebrating birthdays in February. First up: Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, and a lovely appearance from the second setting of her wedding tiara.
In June 2015, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark headed to Stockholm for the wedding of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden. For the occasion, Mary wore a sleeveless powder blue evening gown with subtle lace detailing and a full skirt. She wore silver shoes and carried a sparkling handbag with the dress. Her decorations included her mother-in-law’s Royal Family Order, the sash and star of the Order of the Polar Star, and the star of the Order of the Elephant.
Crown Princess Mary accessorized with lovely diamonds and pearls, including two jewels that she wore on her own wedding day in May 2004. This diamond and pearl sparkler is her wedding tiara. On her wedding day, she wore the all-diamond version. This is a second setting, created later, that adds pearl details to the tiara. The changes weren’t permanent: it can still be worn in either the all-diamond or the diamond and pearl settings.
She also wore her wedding earrings for the Swedish royal wedding ceremony. The platinum earrings are set with diamonds and South Sea pearls. They were made by one of her favorite jewelers, Marianne Dulong.
Mary added one more diamond ornament to her hair on this occasion: a gorgeous brooch that appears to be designed to resemble an ear of wheat. I don’t know much about the provenance of the piece, but it certainly looks to be an antique jewel. The symbolism of the motif is perfect for a wedding: ears of wheat are often used to represent prosperity and fruitfulness.
Mary also wore a matched pair of three-row pearl bracelets with modern clasps, one on each wrist. Here’s a look at the bracelet on her left wrist…
…and here you can see the matching bracelet on her right wrist.
And here’s one more look at the entire ensemble from the wedding. A really lovely outfit for a royal wedding guest, I think, especially with the added tribute of her own bridal pieces of jewelry.