24 March 2014

Birthday Jewels: Maria Teresa of Luxembourg

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, 2010 [1]
On Saturday, the always-lovely Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg celebrated her 58th year on the planet. To add to the birthday fun, today I'm featuring some of my favorite glittering appearances made by Luxembourg's Cuban-born consort over the past few years. Enjoy the bling -- and be sure to register your vote for your favorite bejeweled look in the comments!

The newly-minted grand duchess wore the pearl and diamond choker tiara at the wedding of Crown Prince Haakon of Norway on August 25, 2001; she's also wearing the Congo Diamond Necklace, which she wore as a tiara at her own wedding in 1981.

A festive beaded necklace is an appropriate choice for the daytime portion of Luxembourg's National Day on June 23, 2005.

...and dark purple amethysts for the evening festivities later the same day!

A stunning pair of statement earrings were perfect for a big royal bash in honor of her silver wedding anniversary at Berg Castle in July 2006.

For a state banquet in Belgium on March 20, 2007, MT brought out some of the biggest jewels from the family's vaults: the Empire Tiara, an emerald and diamond choker that once belonged to Queen Astrid of the Belgians, emerald and diamond earrings, and an enormous diamond brooch.

On the following day, during the same Belgian state visit, she sported this impressive turquoise necklace while visiting the Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels.

A toast to King Juan Carlos of Spain on April 16, 2007, wearing the Belgian Scroll Tiara that was given to her mother-in-law as a wedding present in 1953.

On April 16, 2008, she glittered in diamonds and sapphires, wearing the Grand Duchess Adelaide Tiara for a visit to the Nordic Museum in Stockholm.

Wearing Grand-Duchess Josephine Charlotte's aquamarines at the pre-wedding dinner for Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden on June 18, 2010.

Pearl drops on the ears and the lapel for National Day on June 23, 2010.

Wearing the Chaumet choker tiara and pearl earrings at the pre-wedding dinner for her eldest son, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, on October 19, 2012.

1. Cropped version of a photograph available via Wikimedia Commons; source here.