Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is currently enjoying her annual summer holiday in France, and last week, she wore summery jewels as she inaugurated a new exhibition of her original artwork at a local museum.
Queen Margrethe is currently staying at the Château de Cayx, the French estate that she purchased with her late husband, Prince Henrik, in the 1970s. The chateau is located in the district of Cahors, and on Wednesday, Queen Margrethe made an appearance there to inaugurate an exhibition of her art at the Musée de Cahors Henri-Martin. She was joined by the Mayor of Cahors, Jean-Marc Vayssouze-Faure, and the museum’s director, Rachel Amalric.
She toured the exhibition of her work as part of the official inauguration. More than sixty of the Queen’s artistic works are on display in the museum. The exhibition, which is part of her Golden Jubilee celebrations, runs until March 5, 2023.
Artistic expression is an important part of Queen Margrethe’s life, and over the years she has produced artwork ranging from paintings and theatrical costumes to literary illustrations. Under the pseudonym “Ingahild Grathmer,” she even illustrated a Danish edition of The Lord of the Rings in the 1970s. (Tolkein was reportedly quite impressed by her work.)
The paintings included in the exhibition are in a variety of styles, from impressionist-inspired landscapes to modern takes on traditional still life painting.
For the exhibition opening, Queen Margrethe wore a summery pink gown made of cool broderie anglaise fabric, paired with white accessories and summery jewels.
She chose a pair of enamel daisy earrings from her collection of pieces by Georg Jensen for the opening. (Queen Margrethe’s nickname is “Daisy,” which comes from the French translation of her name, marguerite.) She often wears daisy jewels during her summertime holidays in France.
She also wore a very unique brooch from her collection: her bejeweled rooster brooch. The piece is made of gold and set with diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and a large pearl. She’s had the brooch since the 1960s. It was a gift presented to her when she inaugurated a new ferry boat sailing from Copenhagen to Oslo. It’s an especially appropriate choice for an outing in France, as the Gallic rooster is an important French national symbol.