Happy Birthday to Princess Marie of Denmark, who turns 43 today! The French born second wife of Queen Margrethe’s second son, Princess Marie attends a plethora of glittering Royal Events, but has relatively few heirloom jewels at her disposal. However among the jewels she does have is this versatile heirloom Sapphire Brooch/Pendant.
This Brooch/Pendant, featuring a diamond cluster ringed by sapphires and diamonds, from which a briolette diamond drop is suspended, was first seen on Queen Alexandrine of Denmark, born Duchess Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, in a portrait in the first decade of the 20th century. Queen Alexandrine owned many sapphire jewels, including a Sapphire Parure now with Queen Margrethe and a Russian Sapphire Tiara that was recently sold at Auction, most of which were wedding gifts, so it is safe to assume this Brooch/Pendant was another gift.
After Queen Alexandrine’s death in 1950, unlike many of her other jewels, excepting her Ruby Bow Brooch, the Sapphire Brooch/Pendant was inherited and worn by her daughter-in-law, Queen Ingrid, who also retained it during her widowhood, most notably wearing the piece for a State Visit to France in 1965, a State Visit to Ethiopia in 1970, and a State Visit from her nephew King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden in 1974.
After Queen Ingrid’s Death in 2000, Queen Alexandrine’s Sapphire Brooch/Pendant was inherited by Queen Margrethe, who notably wore it for her cousin King Carl XVI Gustaf’s second State Visit in 2007, and also wore the piece as a pendant, suspended from a metal chain rather than the diamond riviere of her mother.
Similar to how Crown Princess Mary got the Connaught Sapphire Brooch to mark Prince Christian’s birth, it is suspected Queen Margrethe gifted Queen Alexandrine’s Sapphire Brooch/Pendant to Princess Marie to mark the birth of Prince Henrik in 2009, as she first wore the piece, as a pendant, at the New Year’s Court in 2010, and has regularly worn the versatile heirloom at Gala events since then. With the addition of the new Mauboussin Nuit Claire/Lyse Naetter Tiara into her rotation, we will probably see the piece worn even more frequently.