Happy Birthday to Queen Anne Marie of Greece, who turns 74 today! The youngest daughter of King Frederik IX of Denmark and Princess Ingrid of Sweden, she married King Constantine II of Greece in 1964. Despite being exiled for more than five decades, as the sister of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, sister-in-law of Queen Sofia of Spain, cousin of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, King Harald V of Norway, and the Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Anne Marie attends a plethora of glittering events, where she wears pieces from her historic jewel collection, including her Van Cleef & Arpels Ruby Parure-
Made by Van Cleef & Arpels in 1961 in Paris, Ruby Necklace also includes a Bracelet and a Brooch, and was reportedly given as an engagement gift from Crown Prince Constantine of Greece to Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark in 1963
Princess Anne Marie wore her Van Cleef & Arpels Ruby Necklace for a series of portraits taken of the Danish Royal Family in 1964, just week before her 18th Birthday, which itself was a few weeks before her Wedding to King Constantine. Princess Anne Marie also wore the Necklace for a Reception in Athens in the days leading up to the wedding.
After her marriage and their exile from Greece, Queen Anne Marie continued to wear her Van Cleef & Arpels Ruby Necklace, most notably for the Wedding of her cousin, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, in 1976 and also on the cover of Point de Vue Magazine in 1981. A similar necklace was sold at Auction in 2006, but it appears the Van Cleef & Arpels Ruby Necklace still resides in Queen Anne Maries’ jewellery box, but with Queen Anne Marie’s granddaughter, Princess Olympia, starting to attend royal events these days, we may hopefully see this necklace soon.