Queen Margrethe’s Antique Turquoise Parure

Next week, Queen Margrethe of Denmark will celebrate her 80th Birthday and while the big celebrations to mark the day have been cancelled, we are still continuing with our series on her Top 8 Jewels to mark her 80th Birthday, continuing with Queen Margrethe’s Antique Turquoise Parure

An extensive parure, featuring a Turquoise and Diamond Daisy Bandeau Tiara, multiple pairs of earrings, and a plethora of versatile brooches in different styles, the jewels are thought to come from Empress Catherine the Great of Russia, possibly entering the Swedish Royal Vaults through her great-great-great-great-granddaughter, Queen Victoria, or through her daughter-in-law, Crown Princess Margareta, who was a great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Catherine the Great through her mother. A large Turquoise surrounded by four large diamonds was a wedding gift to Crown Princess Margareta from the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.

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Crown Princess Margareta’s only daughter, Princess Ingrid, inherited the Parure after her mother’s untimely death in 1920, and wore it at her first Swedish State Opening of Parliament in 1928. She had also loaned the Turquoise Daisy Bandeau to her cousin, the future Crown Princess Martha of Norway, for her sister, Queen Astrid of Belgium’s. wedding in 1926. The Antique Turquoise Parure went with Princess Ingrid to Denmark when she married the future King Frederik IX, and while not frequently worn, the Parure, specifically the Daisy Bandeau, was often loaned to relatives, including Madeleine Tengbom, the grandmother-in-law of her daughter Princess Benedikte, her niece, Princess Desiree of Sweden, and her granddaughter, Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.

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After being loaned parts of the parure in the 1960s, the Antique Turquoise Parure was inherited by Queen Margrethe in 2000, and she has fully taken advantage of the versatile qualities of the jewels. While the smaller brooches are often worn on their own, the Stomacher has been worn separately, as a pendant, and as brooches in various configurations. The Turquoise Daisy Bandeau has been a frequently worn choice in recent years, a lighter option as Queen Margrethe grows older, and suitable for less smaller banquets. The Antique Turquoise Parure has also been frequently paired with Queen Margrethe’s extensive collection of Modern Turquoises, and there is no doubt we will continue to see it for years to come.

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UPDATE: Queen Margrethe has given pieces of the Antique Turquoise Parure to Crown Princess Mary for her 50th Birthday, with the earrings being debuted for the Confirmation of Princess Isabella of Denmark in 2022.


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