An array of splendid jewels was to be seen on the wedding day of HRH Princess Benedikte of Denmark and HSH Prince Richard zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg as well as on the gala at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen a few days before. To the gala at the Theatre, HRH Princess Benedikte wore her beautiful and discreet floral tiara
a 18th birthday gift from King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid which was originally a brooch to which the lateral parts, smaller brooches, were later added. The original brooch had been left to Queen Ingrid by Queen Alexandrine of Denmark.
On this same occasion, Queen Ingrid wore the most breathtaking of her parures, the splendid diamond and ruby parure, worn for the first time in 1804 at the Coronation of Emperor Napoleon I of the French, in Paris, by Désirée Clary, future Queen of Sweden, wife of Marshall Jean Baptiste Bernardotte, later King Carl XIV Johan of Sweden. Its history has been explained on the page concerning the jewels worn at the 1967 wedding.
HRH Hereditary Princess Moritz of Hesse, sister of HSH Prince Richard zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, greets HM Queen Ingrid of Denmark. The German Princess wears an elegant tiara of diamonds and pearls which was mostly worn with emeralds instead of the pearls. The Danish Queen wears the beautiful and historical Oranje-Nassau Diamond and Pearl Tiara along with the diamond and pearl necklace, earrings and brooch that complement the tiara. Queen Ingrid wore the sash of the Order of the Elephant and the stars of the same order and the Order of the Dannebrog. On her left shoulder are to be seen the Family Order of King Frederik IX and the diamond and ruby badge of Grand Commander of the Order of the Dannebrog. HM King Frederik wears the sash and the diamond stars of the Order of the Elephant and the Order of the Dannebrog and on his neck the diamond and ruby badge of Grand Commander of the Order of the Dannebrog.
On the left, HM The Queen of The Hellenes, born Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark, is greeted by a guests before the wedding banquet of her elder sister. The Greek Queen wears the most elegant parure of diamonds and rubies and the sash and star of the Order of The Elephant. On her left shoulder she wears the Family Order of King Frederik IX. On the right, Queen Anne-Marie accompanies her husband, HM King Constantine II and her daughter, HRH Princess Alexia, to the Palace Chapel. For the first time the King did not wear uniform at a state event such as this one. He wore the sash of the Order of the Elephant and the diamond and ruby badge of Grand Commander of the Order of the Dannebrog on his neck.
At the wedding, Queen Ingrid wore the historical Oranje-Nassau Diamond and Pearl Tiara, originated in Prussia and taken from there to the Netherlands, then to Sweden and finally to Denmark. The tiara consists of 15 diamond-arches from which hang swinging pear pearls and was worn with a stunning diamond and pearl necklace which was not part of the original parure but has been worn with it and the matching earrings and brooch by several Danish Queens. Both at the pre-wedding gala and at the wedding, HRH Hereditary Princess Margrethe wore her delicate Diamond Drop Tiara, originally a Mecklenburg-Schwerin jewel, matched at the wedding with the splendid diamond and sapphire demi-parure.
At the Theatre, the youngest daughter of the Danish sovereigns, HM Queen Anne-Marie of The Hellenes, wore the impressive Russian Diamond and Emerald Parure, brought to Greece by Grand-Duchess Olga of Russia, the wife of the first King of this Greek Dynasty, King George I, born HRH Prince Christian Wilhelm of Denmark. Queen Olga’s tiara eventually was changed to its present form by Queen Elisabeth, born Princess of Romania, and Queen Frederika, born Princess of Hannover, who frequently wore the tiara as a necklace. At the wedding, the Greek Queen chose her most elegant Diamond and Ruby Parure, which has also been adapted throughout the decades after it was given as a present by King George I of The Hellenes to Queen Olga. The tiara and the parure had been bought back to Queen Frederika by King Paul I from a family member.
Above, a closeup of the large Boucheron Honeycomb Tiara of HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Below, the Queen Mother wears the tiara along with a splendid diamond and emerald demi-parure, a magnificent diamond brooch and the diamond badge and star of the Garter, as well as the Family Orders of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II. She is seen on both pictures with HM King Olav V of Norway who wears a Danish uniform and the sash of the Order of the Elephant as well as the diamond and ruby badge of Grand Commander of the Order of the Dannebrog on his neck. On the extreme left is HSH The Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn.
HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother of the United Kingdom wore her large Boucheron Honeycomb Tiara, a bequest from a friend in her will. The mother of the British Queen also wore a splendid diamond and emerald necklace and matching earrings, a magnificent brooch and the diamond badge and star of the Most Noble Order of the Garter. Baroness Saltoun, wife of Lord Ramsay, wore a large diamond tiara of unknown provenance which she had already worn the year before in Copenhagen.
HRH Princess Sibylla of Sweden wore the elegant Leuchtenberg Sapphire Parure, while her daughter Christina chose the not least elegant Connaught Diamond Tiara and the Napoleonic Amethyst Parure as necklace and earrings. Her sisters, Princesses Margaretha and Desirée wore the same jewels that had worn in Copenhagen for the wedding of Princess Margrethe. HRH Princess Beatrix of The Netherlands wore for the first time the large Diamond and Sapphire Tiara of Queen Emma. HRH Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark wore at the wedding her small Circle Tiara. A final mention to Prince Richard’s family: HSH Princess Marguerite wore an elegant floral diamond tiara while her daughter, HRH Princess Moritz of Hesse, wore a diamond and pearl tiara. The pearls in the tiara can be replaced by emeralds.
Above, a closeup of the most elegant Connaught Diamond Tiara, which at the time belonged to HRH Princess Sibylla of Sweden and was worn at the wedding by her youngest daughter, HRH Princess Christina, seen below with her mother, who wears the stunning Leuchtenberg Diamond and Sapphire parure. On the right, below, HM King Frederik sits with HSH Princess Marguerite zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg. The Princess wears an elegant diamond tiara with floral motifs along with the sash of the Danish Order of the Dannebrog which she was given by The King on the eve.
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