A Queen’s Jewellery Box
The exhibition was held at the Amalienborg Museum in Christian VIII’s Palace at Amalienborg and was open from 14 January to 23 October 2022.
In 2022, the Royal Danish Collection celebrates the 50th anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen’s ascension to the throne with the special exhibition ‘A QUEEN’S JEWELLERY BOX – 50 years on the throne told through jewellery’.
A Queen’s Jewellery Box’ presents more than 200 pieces from the Queen’s private jewellery collection. As the Queen actively uses her jewellery, visitors to the exhibition may at times find that some of the pieces have been temporarily removed for private use.
The Queen has a large collection of jewellery which she uses actively and deliberately – and with great care and consideration. To Her Majesty, jewellery is not just jewellery. Each piece is a symbol, imbued with memories, friendships, continuity, life as Denmark’s reigning monarch for 50 years and 50 years of Danish history.
For the first time, the exhibition presents a selection of more than 200 well-known and lesser-known pieces of jewellery from the Queen’s collection. Each piece carries a story and references to one or several private or official events during the Queen’s 50-year reign.
As an exceptional feature, the Queen has agreed personally to narrate the Danish version of the exhibition audio guide. With this audio guide in hand, visitors can thus hear the Queen’s own commentary on selected events and pieces of jewellery throughout the exhibition. People with hearing loss can get a headset at the ticket sales for the audioguide. The headset can also be used with hearing aid. You can also read all the audio stories in a texted version which is handed out at the ticket sales. The texted version is available in Danish, German, French and English.
In connection with the exhibition at the Amalienborg Museum, there will be a series of talks on topics related to the Golden Jubilee, the jewellery collection, jewellery design and the history of the collection. The presentation programme will be published on this website.
Exhibition design: Anne Schnettler
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Read about selected pieces of jewellery here