19 September 2014

This Week in Royal Jewels: September 12-18

September 12-18, 2014

A golden wedding and two tours of Canada are only some of our glittering stories this week. Enjoy!

10. Marie-Chantal of Greece, who celebrated her birthday this week, hobnobbed with the sartorial elite at London Fashion Week, where she wore eye-catching green earrings and a cuff bracelet to a party.

18 September 2014

Royal Jewel Rewind: The Greek Royal Wedding (1964)

These days, we're used to royal weddings with a Cinderella angle: a prince or princess selects a commoner as a spouse, vaulting a person from a normal background into a world of crowns, thrones, and glamour. But in 1964, a royal wedding took place in Greece that hearkened back to the old dynastic world of royal marriages. Fifty years ago today, the newly-ascended King Constantine II of the Hellenes gave his country a new queen when he married his third cousin, Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark. As you can imagine, this was one seriously glittering affair.

Constantine was twenty-three; he's the only son of King Paul of the Hellenes and Princess Friederike of Hanover. His sisters are Sofia, who had married the future king of Spain two years earlier, and Irene, a Greek princess who is also a classically-trained pianist. Anne-Marie, the daughter of King Frederik IX of Denmark and Princess Ingrid of Sweden, had just turned eighteen. She was the youngest of a trio of Danish princesses; her sisters are Margrethe (now the Queen of Denmark) and Benedikte (now the Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg). Constantine and Anne-Marie are both descendants of two of the most important dynastic monarchs of the nineteenth century: Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and King Christian IX of Denmark.

17 September 2014

Prinsjesdag Jewels

Yesterday was the annual state opening of parliament in the Netherlands, an occasion called Prinsjesdag by the Dutch. (My translation tools tell me that Prinsjesdag roughly means "Budget Day," which does make some sense in the context of a parliamentary opening. Dutch readers, please offer any corrections!)

For those of us who aren't Dutch, Prinsjesdag is notable as one of the glittering days on the Dutch royal calendar. The dress code is a bit peculiar: men, including the king, wear morning dress, and women wear long gowns and orders, as they would for an evening white-tie event, but with hats instead of tiaras.