04 July 2016

Royal Jewel Rewind: Monaco's Princely Wedding Reception, Part 2 (2011)

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco (Photo: FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

Happy Fourth of July, everyone! (For my fellow Americans: Happy Independence Day! For all of my other friends reading: happy July 4th!) To celebrate the most sparkly day of the year in the USA, here's part two of our look back at the wedding jewels of a prince who is, after all, half American: Albert II of Monaco. (Catch up on our other posts on the wedding here, here, here, and here!) Check back once more this afternoon for our final post from this series, and enjoy your celebrations!

Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Some of the photographs of royal ladies at this wedding are serious "look around it" challenges. Case in point: this image of Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein. She's wearing the glorious Habsburg Fringe Tiara, plus a gorgeous pair of diamond and sapphire earrings -- you just have to tilt your head and look past Princess Marie of Denmark to see! (Even worse: I have no images of Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg at the reception to share. FYI: she wore the Grand Duchess Adelaide Tiara.)

Photos: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco wore another beautiful kaftan to the reception, accessorizing with diamond earrings and a jeweled belt.

Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Her daughter, Lalla Soukaïna, also wore a gorgeous kaftan; her earrings were absolute showstoppers.

Photos: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Princess -- now Queen -- Maxima of the Netherlands brought all of the aquamarines in Holland with her for the reception (or at least it seemed that way). She wore nearly all of the pieces from Queen Juliana's married parure of aquamarine jewels, including the tiara, the necklace, the diamond earrings with aquamarine briolette drops, bracelet, ring, and brooch (as an ornament on the belt of her gown). She also wore one of the family's East Indies Bracelets on her left wrist.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway wore her go-to tiara: the diamond daisy bandeau that she wore at her own wedding.

Photos: GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images (left), Andreas Rentz/Getty Images (right)

The Bernadottes really brought the sparkle to Monaco. Queen Silvia wore Queen Sofia's Tiara (AKA the Nine Prong Tiara), a diamond riviere with a pear-shaped diamond pendant, diamond earrings, the family's diamond zig-zag bracelet, and two more bracelets: a Cartier love bracelet and a bangle with a meander pattern.

Photos (clockwise, L-R): Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images, Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images, GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images, GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images, GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images, Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images, Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Crown Princess Victoria wore the Baden Fringe Tiara, diamond and pearl drop earrings, a diamond and pearl drop brooch, a diamond bracelet, and the same silver-toned bangle she wore during the daytime events.

Photos (clockwise, L-R): GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images, Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images, Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images, Andreas Rentz/Getty Images, FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images

Princess Madeleine wore the same tiara that she would wear at her own wedding two years later: the Modern Fringe Tiara. She paired the tiara with a diamond and seed pearl choker, diamond floral earrings, and a pair of bracelets: one with a cross charm and one that appears to be set with light blue gemstones, possibly aquamarines.

Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana wore numerous pieces of glittering jewelry at the reception, including a diamond pendant necklace, diamond earrings, rings, bangle bracelets, and a sparkling belt.

Photos: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

The Countess of Wessex wore her own diamond wedding tiara to the reception, plus a pair of festive earrings with striped pave-set ball pendants and a sparkling bracelet.

Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

And, rounding out the group of royal ladies from reigning families, Princess Michael of Kent wore an interesting "tiara." Even though she has the gorgeous Kent Fringe at her disposal, she wore a grouping of daisy brooches as a hair ornament; the brooches originally belonged to Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll (a daughter of Queen Victoria). Marie-Christine didn't stop there, though, adding large earrings and a fringed necklace to her ensemble.