28 March 2017

Danish/Belgian State Visit: Welcome Ceremonies

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians are currently on a state visit to Denmark. These royal/royal state visits are some of the sparkliest ones around, and this one didn't disappoint. Let's start off with a look at the official arrivals.




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For the welcome ceremony, Margrethe wore a modern pair of earrings...


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...and an important heirloom brooch. This pearl and diamond bar brooch was an eighteenth-birthday gift to Margrethe from her great-aunt, Lady Patricia Ramsey (born Princess Patricia of Connaught). Patricia wore the brooch on her wedding dress, and Bjarne Steen Jensen theorizes that it was made by Garrard.


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Queen Mathilde wore diamond and pearl earrings with an unusual brooch.


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Here's a closer look. The brooch features a pair of lovebirds perched on a frame.


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Crown Princess Mary wore earrings and a brooch with a natural design. I think both the brooch and the earrings are from Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen.


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And Princess Marie wore a brooch that coordinated nicely with her coat and blouse.