Queen Louise’s Seed Pearl Brooch

Today marks the Anniversary of the Death of Queen Louise of Sweden, who died on this day in 1965! The Battenberg Princess that became a Lady and then married the widower future King of Sweden, despite frequently declaring that she would ‘never marry a king or a widower’, Queen Louise not only possessed the magnificent Swedish Royal Jewels, but also had a substantial personal collection, including this Seed Pearl Brooch!

Featuring a cluster of tiny seed pearls in an art deco diamond clip design, which could be worn individually or together, this Brooch was prominently worn for informal portraits in the 1940s and in the 1950s, including a few with King Gustaf VI Adolf. After Queen Louise’s death, it appears the seed pearl brooch was probably inherited by her step-daughter, Queen Ingrid of Denmark, who does not appear to have worn it publicly.

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Upon Queen Ingrid’s death in 2000, the Brooch was inherited by her youngest daughter, Queen Anne-Marie of Greece. Queen Anne Marie was first pictured wearing Queen Louise’s Seed Pearl Brooch for a Ball at the Royal Palace of Amsterdam in 2002, and since then has worn the Brooch at a plethora of Funerals, including the Funeral of Queen Juliana of The Netherlands and the Funeral of Prince Bernhard in 2004, and the Funeral of Grand Duchess Josephine Charlotte of Luxembourg in 2005, last wearing the Brooch at the King Michael of Romania’s Funeral in 2017 (whose mother, Queen Helen of Romania, was rumoured to marry King Gustaf VI Adolf after Queen Louise’s death). There is no doubt we will continue to see this delicate royal heirloom for years to come!


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