The Danish royal family gathered at Fredensborg Castle for an important milestone celebration on Saturday: the confirmation of Princess Isabella.
Princess Isabella’s confirmation service was held at the Fredensborg Castle Church. The crown princely family arrived together to the castle for the service. From left to right: Prince Vincent, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Crown Princess Mary, Crown Prince Frederik, and Princess Josephine.
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Isabella’s grandmother, was waiting with arms open wide for her granddaughter’s arrival.
The families posed for pictures on the steps of the castle before and after the service. Here, Isabella poses with her parents and her siblings.
And here, the crown princely family poses with Queen Margrethe and a furry friend.
Isabella’s uncle and aunt, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie of Denmark, were present for the service as well. Her cousins also attended: Prince Nikolai, Prince Felix, Prince Henrik, and Princess Athena.
Let’s have a closer look at some of the excellent jewels we saw as the royals arrived for the service. Princess Isabella wore diamond stud earrings with a very special brooch.
This brooch, made of diamonds with a large white pearl and a pink pearl pendant, was Princess Isabella’s baptismal gift from her grandmother, Queen Margrethe II, in July 2007. What makes it even more special, though, is that the brooch was originally Queen Margrethe’s baptismal gift from her grandmother, Queen Alexandrine, in May 1940.
Isabella has worn the brooch in public before, for Prince Joachim’s 50th birthday celebrations in 2019.
Princess Isabella wore a pair of rings with pink and white stones that echoed the colors of her brooch. (Her trendy nail art designs coordinate, too!)
And she also wore a little sparkle in her hair: a pair of leaf combs.
Queen Margrethe was radiant in blue, one of her favorite colors, for the celebration. Her earrings, made of white gold, are set with diamonds and dark blue sapphires.
On her jacket, the Queen pinned an absolutely stunning diamond, sapphire, and gold cluster brooch. It’s close in design to the Russian Sapphire Cluster Brooch owned and worn by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. (Interestingly, a very similar jewel, an heirloom from Empress Maria Alexandrovna of Russia, was sold at auction a decade ago. That brooch had two small additional diamonds on either side that Margrethe’s brooch lacks.) One of Margrethe’s ancestors, Grand Duchess Sophie of Baden, also owned a sapphire and diamond necklace clasp with a similar design.
Crown Princess Mary wore heirloom jewels for the confirmation service as well. For the first time, she wore the turquoise and diamond earrings given to her as a 50th birthday present by Queen Margrethe. The earrings coordinated with the decoration on the belt of her dress.
The earrings belonged to Queen Margrethe’s maternal grandmother, Princess Margaret of Connaught. The coordinating brooch, also given to Mary as part of her birthday present, is said to have come from the collection of Catherine the Great.
Little Princess Josephine wore some interesting jewelry for the service as well. Along with her charming rings and bracelets, she wore a necklace with a pendant that should look very familiar to regular readers of the blog. It’s part of Georg Jensen’s “Jubilee Jewelry” line, made to celebrate Queen Margrethe’s recent Golden Jubilee.
And Princess Marie brought along some sparkle as well. She pinned a diamond clip brooch to the lapel of her jacket. She also wore diamond stud earrings and a necklace with a matching diamond pendant.
We got a peek inside the confirmation service via the official photos taken by Franne Voigt and shared by the Danish royal court.
If the woman in the blue hat looks familiar, there’s a good reason: that’s Queen Mathilde of the Belgians, who is one of Princess Isabella’s godparents. She wore pearls for the service. Isabella also has one more royal godparent: Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark. I think that may be her sitting to Mathilde’s right.
And here they both are with the crown princely family, the Queen, and the rest of Isabella’s godparents in a formal photo from the day.
We also got some charming new portraits of Princess Isabella and the crown princely family from the day. This is my favorite image of Isabella, with her heirloom brooch sparkling on her jacket. Doesn’t she look a lot like Queen Margrethe in her younger days?
And here’s a gorgeous image of the entire crown princely family. Crown Princess Mary’s just beaming with pride.
Such a great day, and such wonderful heirloom jewels on display! Here’s hoping Isabella has lots more important royal jewelry moments in her future.