Queen Margrethe II announced her abdication in a New Year’s Eve televised address. She will be formally stepping down on 14th January after 52 years on the throne, paving the way for her son, Crown Prince Frederik, to ascend as King Frederik X.
Margrethe became Queen of Denmark when her father, King Frederik IX of Denmark, passed away on 14th January 1972 – making her the longest reigning current monarch in Europe.
Known for adding artistic flourishes to her outfits with her jewellery, Queen Margrethe was wearing a particularly poignant brooch during her announcement. Fine jewellery experts at UK retailer Steven Stone have revealed everything there is to know about it – from its value to how it pays tribute to her country.
In 1935, Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden commissioned the diamond brooch which is in the shape of a daisy as a wedding gift for his only daughter, Princess Ingrid, when she married the future King Frederik IX of Denmark. The diamonds in the brooch came from his late wife, Crown Princess Margareta.
After loaning the brooch to her daughter, the then Crown Princess, Margrethe, for her wedding in 1967, Queen Ingrid went on to gift her eldest daughter the brooch for her 60th birthday in 2000 and she’s worn it multiple times since.
Important occasions that the monarch has worn the brooch on include her 80th birthday celebrations, the christening of Prince Christian and Crown Prince Frederik’s 50th birthday.
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