Happy Birthday to Princess Theodora of Greece, who turns 40 today! The younger daughter of the late Greek King who is a successful Actress and the goddaughter of two Kings and three Queens, Princess Theodora has worn several heirloom jewels, including Crown Princess Margareta’s Amethyst Brooch!
When Princess Margaret of Connaught, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, married Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden in 1905, she received this striking Amethyst and Diamond Pendant as a Wedding Gift from the Duke and Duchess of Portland.
After Crown Princess Margareta’s death, the Amethyst and Diamond Pendant was among the Jewels inherited by her only daughter, Queen Ingrid of Denmark, who was not pictured in the piece, but seems to have loaned it to her daughter, the future Queen Margrethe II, for the British State Visit to Denmark in 1957 and to Princess Benedikte for the Greek Monarchy Centenary Celebrations in 1963.
After Queen Ingrid’s death in 2000, the Amethyst Brooch was inherited by her younger daughter, Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, who notably wore the piece for Prince Henrik’s 70th Birthday Celebrations in 2004, along with Queen Ingrid’s Diamond Earrings.
More recently, the Duke and Duchess of Portland’s Amethyst and Diamond Pendant was worn by Princess Theodora, along with the Antique Corsage Tiara for Crown Prince Frederik’s 50th Birthday Banquet in 2018. Lets hope we see this striking heirloom worn again soon!