On Monday, two Scandinavian royals, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Queen Sonja of Norway, were together in Oslo as Margrethe received a special award.
Queen Margrethe traveled to Oslo to receive this year’s Nordic Association’s Language Award. She was honored for her efforts to strengthen the Scandinavian language community, which includes Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Icelandic, and Faroese. Speakers of the languages (especially Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian) can generally understand and read the other languages of the family with relatively little difficulty.
On her arrival at Nordens Hus, Queen Margrethe wore favorite pieces of jewelry. Her silver and enamel earrings were made in Fabergé’s workshops in St. Petersburg around 1900.
Her gold necklace features a jeweled pendant set with small rubies and larger stones in a shade of light blue-purple. According to Heidi Laura’s recent book about the Danish royal jewels, the necklace was made by John Rørvig.
Queen Sonja also made an appearance at Nordens Hus for the presentation of the language award.
She accessorized with a demi-parure of pieces made of dark metal beads, plus her signature stack of thin gold bangle bracelets.
On Monday evening, both Queen Sonja and Queen Margrethe were present for an award reception at Oslo’s Grand Hotel.
Queen Margrethe wore a top made of navy blue lace, paired with a bright pink skirt, for the reception.
She accessorized with diamonds, pearls, and sapphires. Her modern pearl and diamond earrings come from Jan Stockmarr Designs in Charlottenlund.
She wore a sautoir-style necklace of pearls as well, gathered together at the neckline of her gown by an heirloom brooch. The diamond and sapphire fleur-de-lis brooch, made in the second half of the nineteenth century, originally belonged to Margrethe’s great-grandmother, Queen Lovisa of Denmark. It later became a favorite jewel of Queen Ingrid, who then passed it along to Queen Margrethe.
Queen Sonja wore a blue evening gown with an ivory wrap and silver shoes for the reception.
Her jewels, though, were made of gold and diamonds. The necklace, earrings, and bracelet are all part of Sonja’s Modern Gold Parure, which also has an interesting convertible tiara. She finished off the look with a large gold ring on her right hand and a gold floral brooch pinned at her waist.