21 January 2015

Gala Jewels: Queen Mathilde of the Belgians (Part One)

The Countess of Wessex isn't the only royal who had a birthday yesterday. Queen Mathilde, the wife of King Philippe of the Belgians, celebrated her 42nd birthday. Mathilde has been a member of the Belgian royal family since 1999, and in that time, her jewel collection has slowly grown. Today, let's look at some of her glittering gala appearances during her 16 years as a royal. As with yesterday's birthday jewels post, stay tuned for part two later today!

December 1999: Royal Wedding

April 2001: Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg's Accession Celebrations

May 2001: Swedish State Banquet

January 2002: Dutch Pre-Wedding Gala

February 2003: Golden Camera Film Awards

May 2003: Norwegian State Banquet

December 2003: Charity Gala at Versailles

March 2004: Charity Gala

March 2004: Finnish Gala Dinner

May 2004: Danish Royal Wedding

May 2004: Spanish Pre-Wedding Gala

October 2004: Polish State Banquet

November 2004: Belgian Gala in Shanghai

February 2005: Greek Gala Dinner

April 2006: Birthday Gala for King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden

June 2006: Diamond Jubilee Banquet for the King of Thailand

June 2006: Dutch State Banquet

July 2006: Luxembourg Silver Wedding Celebrations

February 2007: Birthday Celebrations for King Harald V of Norway

March 2007: Luxembourg State Banquet

June 2007: European Festivals Association

July 2007: Birthday Celebrations for Queen Sonja of Norway

September 2007: Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands's Birthday Gala

September 2007: Gala Concert

October 2007: Antwerp Diamond Center