Happy Birthday to HM Queen Anne-Marie of Greece who turns 70 on August 30th. Consort to King Constantine II of Greece, the elegant and graceful Queen Anne-Marie, who has lived in exile for more than 40 years, has remained in regular attendance at glittering royal events, due to the Greek monarchs ties with European royal families. Her sister is the Queen of Denmark, a sister-in-law is Queen Sofia of Spain, her cousin is the King of Sweden, and other relatives include the King of Norway and the Duke of Edinburgh.
Born a Princess of Denmark, she married her childhood sweetheart King Constantine of Greece at the age of 18, and was Queen of Greece for three years before having to flee the country after a military coup. The royal couple lived in Italy for 6 years until the monarchy was abolished in 1973. The King and Queen then moved to London, where they lived for 40 years. Recently, King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie were allowed to return to Greece. The couple have five children and nine grandchildren.
Made from cabochon emeralds set in a mirrored ‘E’ design, Queen Anne Marie has frequently worn the grandest tiara in the Greek royal collection. Made from Romanov emeralds belonging Queen Olga, her granddaughter-in-law, Queen Elisabeth (nee Princess of Romania), converted the loss stones onto a tiara in the 1920s. After her divorce, they remained with the Greek royals, being worn next by Queen Fredericka, who wore the piece usually as a necklace, often with Queen Sophie’s Tiara. Queen Anne-Marie first wore the tiara at her pre-wedding ball, and has worn at many important occasions since. The tiara, along with its parure, was last worn in 2015, during the 75th Birthday celebrations of Queen Margrethe of Denmark, who is the sister of Queen Anne Marie.
Made from rubies set into a laurel wreath design, the Greek ruby tiara, was made for Queen Olga from rubies given to her as a yearly anniversary present by her husband, King George. It passed to her son Prince Nicholas, whose wife, Princess Nichols nee Grand Duchess Elena of Russia, wore the piece for a portrait. Princess Nicholas lent the piece to her daughter; Princess Paul of Yugoslavia and Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, before bequeathing the parure to Queen Fredericka at her death in 1958. Queen Fredericka gave the parure to her daughter-in-law, Queen Anne Marie, as a wedding present in 1964. It is not her most worn piece, but has been worn to some special events, including the wedding of Princess Bendikte of Denmark and the wedding of Crown princess Victoria of Sweden in 2010.
Given as an 18th Birthday present to Queen Anne Marie from her mother, Queen Ingrid of Denmark, the tiara was made from a pearl and diamond ‘corsage’ brooch belonging to Queen Ingrid. It was worn infrequently by Queen Anne Marie, but has been worn by her daughters and daughters-in-law, who wore the tiara at their weddings. Today, it is most likely to be seen on Princess Theodora or Princess Tatiana.
The Khedive of Egypt tiara was given as a wedding present to Princess Margaret of Connaught when she married Crown Prince Gustav Adolf of Sweden in 1905. After her tragic early death in 1920, the piece was inherited by her only daughter, Princess Ingrid (later Queen of Denmark), who lent the piece frequently. It was worn by Queen Anne Marie to her 1964 wedding, and by all of Queen Ingrid’s female decedents to their weddings. It passed to Queen Anne Marie, after the death of her mother in 2000.
A wedding gift to Princess Sophie of Prussia, a sister of Kaiser Wilhelm II, when she married Crown Prince George of Greece in 1889, this grand diamond tiara was worn by her daughter, Queen Helen of Romania, and inherited by her third son, who became King Paul. Queen Sophie’s Diamond Tiara was most notably worn by Queen Frederica, who often paired it with the Emerald Parure Tiara as a necklace. It had disappeared for decades until reappearing on Crown Princess Marie Chantal in 2012. Click HERE to learn more.
Purchased by her mother and intended for her daughter, Princess Maria-Olympia, Crown Princess Marie Chantal’s Fringe Tiara has been her main tiara for the past couple of years. Eventually, it will be worn by Princess Maria-Olympia, when we can expect to see the Crown Princess in more of the family pieces.
A gift to Princess Alexia from King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie in the 1990s, this diamond tiara has been worn by her to the majority of her glittering events. Princess Alexia has also loaned the tiara to her sister, Princess Theodora, in recent years. Click HERE to learn more.