Today marks the 110th Anniversary of the Birth of Queen Ingrid of Denmark, the Swedish Princess who became the Danish Queen Consort and the mother of Queen Margrethe, Princess Benedikte, and Queen Anne Marie of Greece, and to mark the occasion, we are taking a look at her versatile Diamond Stars.
Two larger and two smaller antique Victorian Diamond Stars, the jewels are quite likely Swedish Royal Heirlooms, and were probably inherited by Princess Ingrid of Sweden from her grandmother, Queen Victoria of Sweden, in 1930, though she was first pictured wearing three of them as a necklace at her first Swedish State Opening of Parliament in 1928. The Diamond Stars went with Queen Ingrid to Denmark, though they were not among her most worn jewels.
Queen Ingrid loaned her Diamond Stars to her daughters, Princess Benedikte and Princess Anne Marie, in the 1960s, and they were also loaned to her eldest granddaughter, Princess Alexia of Greece, who wore them in her hair for an event in the 1980s.
Eventually, Queen Ingrid’s Diamond Stars were inherited by Princess Benedikte, the Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, and have been worn in a variety of creative ways, including using two of the stars as earrings and also wearing them as a necklace, often with Queen Sophia’s Star and Pearl Tiara, which was also inherited from Queen Victoria of Sweden. One of the stars was loaned to her elder daughter, Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg for the Funeral of her father, Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg in 2017. The Diamond Stars were worn by Princess Benedikte as recently as the Wedding of her daughter, Princess Alexandra, to Count Michael Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille last year and there is no doubt we will continue to see them for years to come.