Today marks the 140th Anniversary of the birth of Queen Alexandrine of Denmark, the grandmother of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, who was born on this day in 1879. To mark the day, we are taking a look at her Diamond Sautoir now worn by two of her granddaughters-
Featuring a variety of diamond links, the sautoir was acquired by Queen Alexandrine in the 1920s and worn in the fashionable style of the era, with a variety of pendants, including pieces from her Sapphire Parure. The sautoir was made to be worn in various lengths, and could be broken up for use as a shorter necklace and bracelets. After Queen Alexandrine’s death in 1950, the sautoir was inherited by her elder son, King Frederick IX, whose wife, Queen Ingrid, broke it up into two necklaces for her two younger daughters.
One of the necklaces was given to Princess Benedikte, who began to wear it in the early 1960s, and it has continued to be a frequently worn piece throughout her life, with all three of her Tiaras. The necklace has been worn with a variety of pendants, including a large floral pendant/brooch which was an 18th birthday gift from her parents, and has also been worn as bracelets. Princess Benedikte most recently wore the necklace at her 75th Birthday dinner earlier this year.
The other section of the Queen Alexandrine’s sautoir went to the youngest daughter, Princess Anne Marie, who received it on her 18th Birthday, just weeks before her wedding to King Constantine II of Greece in 1964. The necklace was first worn at her Farewell Gala, and has frequently been worn with the Romanov Emerald Pendants of the Greek Emerald Parure in various configurations. Queen Anne Marie has also paired it with her Edwardian Aquamarine Pendant. There is no doubt we will continue to see the necklaces from Queen Alexandrine’s sautoir for years to come.
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