This week, the Duchess of Cambridge made a working visit to Copenhagen, and met with the Queen and the Crown Princess of Denmark. Today, we’ve got all the details on the royal jewels worn by all three ladies during the visit.
The Duchess arrived in Copenhagen on Tuesday, wearing a red, white, and black ensemble that paid tribute to Denmark’s national colors. Kate’s trip was an official working visit with The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, and the program of the visit featured events linked to the center’s mission. Here, she arrives at the University of Copenhagen for a visit to the Copenhagen Infant Mental Health Program.
She also participated in a discussion at the Center for Early Intervention and Family Studies at the Children’s Museum in Frederiksberg.
At the museum, she spoke with parents who have benefited from the “Understanding Your Baby” initiative. Kate joked that spending time with babies is dangerous for her: “William always worries about me meeting under one-year-olds. I come home saying, ‘Let’s have another one.'”
No visit to Copenhagen is complete without a little Lego, so of course Kate made a stop at the Lego Foundation PlayLab on Campus Carlsberg.
While she was there, Kate tried out the PlayLab’s slide, laughing in delight as she landed at the feet of the press. The resulting pictures and videos have been all over the papers and social media. “In the spirit of where I am, I had to do it,” she explained.
For the first day of the visit, Kate wore pearls with her red jacket and white blouse. She wore pearl drop earrings by Maria Black, a Danish-Irish jeweler who was born in Copenhagen. The brand is also based in the Danish capital city. Her pearl drop necklace appears to be by a favorite designer, Monica Vinader. (Thanks to What Kate Wore for the jewelry identifications.)
On Wednesday, Kate began the day at Stenurten Forest Kindergarten in Copenhagen.
There, she met with pupils in their outdoor woodland play environment at the school.
For this casual stop, she kept her jewelry simple, wearing gold hoop earrings from Liv Thurwell, previously worn on several occasions, including a recent visit to Northern Ireland.
Next, the Duchess headed to the Amalienborg palace complex in Copenhagen, where she was greeted by Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. They walked together across the cobblestone courtyard to King Christian IX’s Palace.
This was the second official meeting of the Duchess and the Crown Princess. In November 2011, William and Kate visited the UNICEF Global Supply Centre in Copenhagen, and they were joined by Frederik and Mary for the occasion.
During Wednesday’s meeting, they were received by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark ahead of a luncheon in the palace. The British and Danish royal families have strong historical ties. Queen Elizabeth II’s great-grandmother, Queen Alexandra, was a Danish princess. And Queen Margrethe II’s grandmother, Princess Margaret of Connaught, was a member of the British royal family.
The location was also significant: King Christian IX’s Palace, now Queen Margrethe II’s residence, was the home of Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom’s parents, King Christian IX and Queen Louise. Alexandra became the Princess of Wales when she married the heir to the British throne in 1863—a title that Kate will one day have as well.
All three of the royal ladies wore simple, understated jewelry for the luncheon. Queen Margrethe wore a new brooch: the special Golden Jubilee Brooch made by Georg Jensen. She wore the brooch with a pair of modern gold and blue earrings, plus their matching ring.
Crown Princess Mary was elegant in diamond and pearl earrings by Marianne Dulong. Under her glove on her right hand, she’s also wearing a pearl ring.
Kate also wore pearls: the same Maria Black earrings and Monica Vinader necklace that she’d worn for the previous day’s engagements.
After the luncheon, Mary and Kate made a visit to the Danner Crisis Center, a shelter that helps women and children who have been exposed to domestic violence. The center is supported by the Mary Foundation.
The crisis center visit was the final engagement on the program, and Kate flew back to Britain afterward, saying farewell to Mary outside before heading off. I love seeing the British royals interacting with their European cousins, and hopefully this visit will be one of many more to come!