27 April 2016

King's Day Jewels 2016

The Dutch royal family celebrates King's Day in Zwolle (Photo: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Today, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands celebrates his 49th birthday, and the Dutch royals gathered for the annual King's Day festivities. The celebrations were held in Zwolle this year, and there were lots of jewel-wearing royal ladies in attendance.




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The three young Dutch princesses aren't wearing jewels yet (you can see them wearing bracelets made of flowers in some pictures), but their mother more than picked up the bejeweled slack. Queen Maxima wore lovely diamond earrings with faceted pink drops.


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On her right wrist, Maxima wore two familiar diamond bracelets. One features diamonds set in the shapes of hearts, evil eyes, and three meaningful letters: W, M, and A (the family's initials). The other is her diamond wedding bracelet.


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Underneath her glove on her right hand, Maxima wore a diamond ring with a sunburst pattern and a pink center stone. Maxima wore the same ring and earrings three years ago during Queen Beatrix's formal abdication ceremony.


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We also got a glimpse of the jewels Maxima wore on her right wrist: her watch and her gold and cabochon gemstone bracelet. This bracelet, which is engraved with the names of her daughters, was a 40th birthday present from Willem-Alexander.


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Princess Laurentien, the king's sister-in-law, wore a pair of dark pendant earrings and a purple statement ring.


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The four daughters-in-law of Princess Margriet (the king's aunt) were also out and about at the King's Day festivities. Princess Marilene wore a lovely pair of statement earrings and two rings, including a glittering cocktail ring.


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Princess Annette donned a slim pair of pendant earrings with three round bead drops.


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Princess Anita wore a lovely pair of statement earrings. I believe these are from Cartier's Paris Nouvelle Vague collection. We actually featured the rose-gold version of these earrings in a holiday wishlist post in 2014!


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And Princess Aimee wore delicate hoop earrings. I also see a hint of a major statement necklace peeking out from her wrap.


Which of this year's King's Day jewels are your favorites?