Queen Margrethe II of Denmark marked her 82nd birthday on Saturday with a weekend of bejeweled festivities in Aarhus.
On Saturday, Queen Margrethe made a special birthday appearance on the balcony at Marselisborg Palace, her royal residence in Aarhus. (It’s her tradition to spend Easter at Marselisborg.) She wore a particularly special brooch for the occasion.
If you watched the first episode of the new documentary series on Denmark’s royal jewels, you’ll have seen the piece featured. This is the Aarhus Brooch, which was given to the Queen by the city of Aarhus as a 75th birthday present in 2015. The square brooch, which was designed by Alice Rosborg, features a twisting design meant to represent both the city’s roots and the Aarhus River.
The piece is also set with several gemstones: a large diamond, representing Margrethe, as well as three smaller diamonds to represent her granddaughters (Princess Isabella, Princess Josephine, and Princess Athena) and five small sapphires to represent her grandsons (Prince Christian, Prince Vincent, Prince Nikolai, Prince Felix, and Prince Henrik).
For her birthday appearance, Margrethe wore the brooch with an important pair of earrings from her personal collection. The silver and enamel earrings were made in St. Petersburg by Fabergé at the turn of the 20th century.
Margrethe was joined by the crown princely family for her birthday celebrations, and they also joined her on the balcony of the palace.
Here’s Crown Prince Frederik with his sons, Prince Vincent and Prince Christian.
And Crown Princess Mary standing between her daughters, Princess Isabella and Princess Josephine.
Queen Margrethe II, Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Isabella of Denmark have attended the Easter Service at Aarhus Cathedral.
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On Sunday, Queen Margrethe attended Easter services at the cathedral in Aarhus. She was joined by Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Isabella, who will be confirmed in a few weeks. For the Easter service, Queen Margrethe wore a special necklace festooned with miniature bejeweled Easter eggs. These egg pendants, like the ones owned by Queen Sofia of Spain, are generally attributed to the jewelers at Fabergé. The new book on Margrethe’s jewels tells us that the eggs are made of gold, silver, enamel, amber, rock crystal, diamonds, and pearls.