The late Queen Anne of Romania was born on this day in 1923, exactly 95 years ago! The Bourbon-Parma Princess became the last Queen of Romania, and spent the majority of her life in exile. Not known for wearing a lot of grand jewels, we have already covered her appearances in the Romanian Greek Key Tiara, and today we are taking a look at one of her lesser-known pieces, her Sapphire Demi-Parure.
Queen Anne inherited the Sapphire Demi-Parure, which includes a necklace, earrings, and a brooch, from one of her Danish Aunts, quite likely Princess Viggo, who seems to have worn it for a Return Banquet on board the Royal Yacht Britannia during the British State Visit to Denmark in 1957. After the childless Princess Viggo’s death in 1966, her Jewels were divided between several family members. The Opal Tiara went to her nephew, Count Flemming of Rosenborg to be worn by his wife Countess Ruth, while the Diamond Scroll Tiara was inherited by his brother, Prince George, who left it to his stepdaughter, Lady Elizabeth Anson. A faux copy of the Diamond Scroll Tiara was inherited by another nephew, Count Christian of Rosenborg, while this Sapphire Parure was left to niece, Queen Anne of Romania.
Queen Anne wore the piece at quite a few events, including the Wedding Ball of Princess Caroline and Philippe Junot (with the Schaumburg-Lippe Sapphire Tiara), the 50th Birthday of King Constantine of Greece, and Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik’s 25th Wedding Anniversary. Queen Anne also loaned the necklace to her eldest daughter, Crown Princess Margretha, for a Gala in the 1980s.
After Queen Anne’s passing in 2016, the Sapphire Demi-Parure was inherited by Crown Princess Margretha, who has worn it quite a few times recently, including a reception for King Michael’s 95th Birthday and a formal Diplomatic Reception. There is no doubt the piece will be worn for years to come, maybe even at the upcoming wedding of former Prince Nicholas of Romania in a few days.