Today marks the Anniversary of the death of Queen Alexandrine of Denmark, the grandmother of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, who died on this day in 1950. To mark the day, we are taking a look at her Pearl and Diamond Brooch.
Featuring a round pearl surrounded by three diamonds, from which a pear-shaped conch pearl is suspended, the Pearl and Diamond Brooch was most prominently worn by Queen Alexandrine in a series of portraits in the early 1900s, a few years before she became Queen, and was not prominently worn for the rest of her life.
After her death in 1950, Queen Alexandrine’s Pearl and Diamond Brooch was inherited by her granddaughter, Queen Margrethe II, who was only pictured wearing the piece once, along with her Connaught Pearl Brooch, Wedding Earrings, and the Alexandrine Drop Tiara in the 1960s.
In 2007, Queen Margrethe reportedly gave Queen Alexandrine’s heirloom Pearl and Diamond Brooch to her eldest granddaughter, Princess Isabella, as a Christening present, and was publicly worn for the first time at Prince Joachim’s 50th Birthday earlier this year. As one of her few royal jewels, there is no doubt we will continue to see this stunning heirloom for years to come.
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