The celebrations of the Golden Jubilee of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark wrapped up in Copenhagen with a gala banquet on Sunday evening.
The royals gathered with government officials and other prominent Danes at Christiansborg Palace for the final event of the jubilee celebrations.
Queen Margrethe wore a velvet gown in a bright shade of sky blue for the banquet. For the formal event, the collar of the Order of the Elephant was worn, something that only happens on special occasions. The Queen also wore the order’s star, as well as the ribbon and badge of the Order of the Dannebrog and the Royal Family Order of her late father, King Frederik IX.
For her Golden Jubilee banquet, Queen Margrethe chose one of the grandest suites of jewelry in Denmark. She wore the Pearl Poiré Tiara, a jewel that dates to 1825. Originally made for Princess Louise of Prussia, wife of Prince Frederick of the Netherlands, the tiara passed down through the family to Queen Lovisa, wife of King Frederik VIII of Denmark. It’s been part of the Danish royal jewelry collection ever since, and along with its coordinating brooch, it is part of the Danish Royal Property Trust.
A note: the pear-shaped pearls suspended from the diamond frame swing freely as the wearer moves. That means that sometimes, some of the pearls become hidden from view behind the frame itself. Inevitably, some readers worry that pearls have been lost, but they’re always just partially obscured from view, not missing.
With the tiara and its coordinating brooch, Queen Margrethe wore more jewels that combine to form a married parure with the other diamond and pearl pieces. The grand necklace was a wedding gift to Queen Lovisa of Denmark from the Khedive of Egypt. Later, two of the pearl pendants from the necklace were removed to make pendants for the coordinating earrings. The necklace and earrings are also part of the Danish Royal Property Trust, which means they are intended to be used primarily by the queen regnant or queen consort.
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary looked elegant as they arrived for the gala, both wearing the collar of the Order of the Elephant with their other decorations. Mary’s dress, a gold gown with a black lace overlay, is actually a remodeled version of a gown she’s had in her collection for some time. She wore the original on several occasions, including a state banquet during a visit from the King and Queen of the Belgians in 2017.
Crown Princess Mary accessorized with pieces from the remarkable Danish Ruby Parure. She wore the tiara with the earrings (worn in their simplest cluster stud form) and necklace (worn without its pendants), as well as the bracelet and ring from the set. She added another diamond tennis bracelet on her left wrist as well.
Prince Joachim and Princess Marie also arrived wearing their Elephant collars. Marie wore a new evening gown in a shade of buttercream yellow, with interesting feather details on the sleeves.
She accessorized with two favorite jewels: Princess Dagmar’s Floral Tiara, a long-term loan from her mother-in-law, and a pair of diamond earrings with unique knife-edge settings.
Princess Benedikte and Queen Anne-Marie were also present for the gala, wearing the Elephant collar with their decorations. Both wore shades of green: Benedikte in a light blue turquoise gown, and Anne-Marie in a forest-green dress.
Just as she did for Saturday evening’s concert, Princess Benedikte wore the Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg Fringe Tiara for the gala. This time, she paired the tiara with diamond fan earrings inherited from Queen Ingrid, as well as part of the grand diamond sautoir necklace that belonged to Queen Alexandrine. And check out that diamond ring on her right hand!
Queen Anne-Marie wore the Greek royal emeralds for the occasion, including the kokoshnik-style tiara. She also wore the cabochon-drop earrings, as well as five of the emerald cabochon pendants, affixed to her portion of Queen Alexandrine’s Diamond Sautoir. I particularly like the modern emerald and diamond bracelet that she wore on her right wrist as well.
#TiaraAlert Countess Sussie of Rosenborg wore Queen Alexandrine’s Fringe Tiara for a gala dinner celebrating Queen Margrethe II of Denmark’s Golden Jubilee at Christiansborg Palace on 11 September 2022.https://t.co/cupkt4RyHj pic.twitter.com/i7i34t2iTi
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Countess Sussie of Rosenborg (wife of Queen Margrethe’s cousin, Count Ingolf) wore two jewels with Danish royal provenance: Queen Alexandrine’s Fringe Tiara, and Queen Alexandrine’s Diamond Meander Bracelet, worn as a choker necklace. The bracelet has recently been on display with the exhibition on Denmark’s crown princesses.
Queen Sonja of Norway wore canary yellow for the gala banquet. Both she and King Harald wore the Order of the Elephant collar layered over the red sash of Norway’s Order of St. Olav.
Queen Sonja added even more color with pieces from the Norwegian Emerald Parure, including the tiara, earrings, and necklace.
King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden rounded out the royal party at the gala banquet. She chose an elegant cornflower blue gown for the evening.
I especially like the back of the gown, which falls from her shoulders to form a short train.
With the Elephant collar and other decorations, Queen Silvia wore important royal diamonds: Queen Sofia’s Tiara, the family’s gorgeous diamond floral earrings, and a diamond rivière necklace.