03 April 2016

Sunday Tidbits for April 3: Tiara News, Castle News, Other News

Lots of emails this week about some of these topics, so let's get tidbit-ing:

-- Last week's Tidbits included Billed-Bladet's report that Crown Princess Mary's new necklace/tiara was purchased by Mary herself at auction. If that was the case, it was only a matter of time before someone found it, and boom, here it is. Her new earrings were part of the same set. (I believe this was first posted at one of the royal forums; several of you sent it to me.)
Bruun Rasmussen catalog
 This is from a 2012 sale at Danish auction house Bruun Rasmussen. The description reads:
"A diamond jewellery set comprising a necklace and a pair of later ear screws set with numerous rose and old mine-cut diamonds, circular-cut rubies and spinels, mounted in 14k gold and silver. L. necklace 47 cm. L. ear screws 3 cm. One stone missing. Circa 1900-1910. (3) The necklace was originally used as a tiara. Accompanied by a case. DKK 30,000-40,000/€4,000-5,350."
We'll have to give this one the full Tiara Thursday treatment at some point - my hope is that she'll wear it again soon, so we can get an even better look. [PDF link to full auction catalog here. Pages 192-3]

--A recently aired series called The Queen's Castles features Queen Margrethe giving personal tours of her four Danish residences (Amalienborg Palace, Fredensborg Palace, Marselisborg Palace, and GrĂ¥sten Palace). There's one part for each home, and though the commentary is in Danish, the architecture and interiors speak for themselves. DR has made them available to stream for an international audience through May 6. [DR]
Queen Margrethe inside Amalienborg Palace
Photo: DR screencap

--Certainly you want to go behind the scenes with this article on Lock & Co. Hatters, milliners to the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall, and other royals. [New York Times; thanks to all who sent this in!]

--As the Philippine government moves closer to auctioning the seized Marcos jewelry collections, the Presidential Commission on Good Government is using the jewels as an anti-corruption teaching tool. They have been holding a virtual jewelry exhibit, labeled  "A Story of Excesses: What Could Have Fueled A Nation’s Development", poignantly pairing the jewels with the good works their value could have achieved. Here's the Cartier tiara we covered earlier this year. [Facebook]
Photo: PCGG Facebook

--Crown Princess Victoria attended a lecture by Ban Ki-Moon in Stockholm. It was her first public appearance since Prince Oscar's birth, but not an end to maternity leave/return to full-time duties. [Hello]

--Princess Sofia is wrapping things up before she starts her own maternity leave with a working trip to Sophiahemmet to tour the surgical wards. Sofia is the hospital's honorary president. She also gave a small interview outside the hospital (in Swedish, obviously). [Kungahuset, Expressen]
Photos: Kungahuset.se

--Here are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's plans for their trip to India and Bhutan, April 10-16. [Kensington Palace Press Release]

--Related: I shared a selection of jewels with Indian connections at the Jewel Vault. Also, a particularly lovely set of diamond earrings from the Queen's collection.

Coming up this week: More auction goodies...

Sunday Tidbits is your place throughout the week to share things we haven't covered yet and for all your off topic chats. Enjoy!