07 December 2014

Gala Jewels: Queen Fabiola of Belgium


I collected so many great pictures of the late Queen Fabiola of Belgium that didn't fit into yesterday's post, but I knew you'd all like to sigh over the jewels and Fabiola's general elegance, so today, we're looking at her gala appearances over the years. Thank you, Your Maj, for providing us with so much glitter!



1960: With King Baudouin at the reception held the night before their wedding





1960: Wearing Balenciaga and the Nine Provinces Tiara at her wedding in Brussels



1961: At the theater in Brussels



1962: Silver wedding celebrations for Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands



1963: Reception at the Belgian Embassy during a state visit to Britain



1963: With the Windsors at Covent Garden during the British state visit



1964: With the Pahlavis during a state visit to Iran



1966: Exercising the privil├Ęge du blanc while meeting with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican



1966: With the British royals during their state visit to Belgium



1969: With Rainier and Grace of Monaco in Brussels



1969: With President Mobutu during his state visit



1970: Visiting the Congo



1971: On a visit to India



1976: King Baudouin's Silver Jubilee



1978: Reception in Brussels



1983: During French President Mitterand's visit to Brussels



1984: At the wedding of Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz



1988: Gala event (details not listed)



1992: State visit to France



1997: Golden wedding of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip of the United Kingdom



1999: Wedding of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde



2001: State visit from Sweden



2003: Wedding of Prince Laurent and Princess Claire



2003: State visit from Norway



2004: State visit from Finland



2004: Wedding of King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain



2004: State visit from Poland



2005: Reception in Brussels



2006: With Mathilde and Maxima during the Dutch state visit



2006: Silver wedding of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg



2007: State visit from Luxembourg



2008: Celebrating her 80th birthday



2011: At the wedding of Queen Mathilde's sister, Helene



2012: With Simeon of Bulgaria at the pre-wedding dinner for Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg



2013: Inauguration of her nephew, King Philippe