Happy Birthday to Princess Elisabeth of Denmark, who turns 83 today! As the first cousin of Queen Margrethe, the 12th and last in line to the Danish Throne, she has attended a plethora of glittering royal events over the past seven decades, almost always wearing Princess Thyra’s Sapphire Tiara.
Featuring five sapphire and diamond scrolling elements, which can be swapped for turquoises, the Tiara was made in the latter half of the 19th century for Princess Thyra of Denmark. An unmarried daughter of King Frederik VIII and Queen Louise of Denmark and sister of King Christian X of Denmark and King Haakon VII of Norway, she attended a variety of glittering events. After her death in 1945, she left the Tiara to her niece.
Princess Caroline Mathilde of Denmark was married to her cousin, Prince Knud, second son of King Christian X, who, for a period of a few years, was the Hereditary Prince of Denmark, until the succession laws were changed to allow Queen Margrethe to succeed her father. Hereditary Princess Caroline Mathilde wore this tiara quite rarely, instead preferring her mother-in-law’s Fringe Tiara.
While this wasn’t her 18th birthday tiara, Princess Elisabeth began wearing Princess Thyra’s Sapphire Tiara soon afterwards, most notably for the weddings of her brothers and cousins in the 1960s and 70s. Due to her employment in the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she did not attend many glittering events, though she usually wore this tiara to family events.
Due to her age, Princess Elisabeth is rarely seen, though some recent notable events include Queen Margrethe’s 75th Birthday, the Dutch State Banquet, and the Belgian State Banquet last year. She has stated that she eventually intends for the Tiara to go into the main line of the royal family, though may she long wear the glittering piece, most probably at Crown Prince Frederik’s 50th Birthday this month.