27 April 2017

Royal Jewel Rewind: King Willem-Alexander's 40th Birthday Party (Part 2)

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Time for the second installment of our look back at the jewels worn to the 40th birthday party of the Prince of Orange, who is now King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. (If you missed the previous part, head back over here!)




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Princess (then Queen) Beatrix's younger sister, Princess Margriet, brought her entire family -- her husband, plus all four of their sons and their spouses -- with her to the party.


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Princess Margriet, who attended with her husband, Pieter van Vollenhoven, wore bright purple for the party.


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Margriet wore glittering earrings with one of my favorite pieces from the Dutch royal vaults: the Diamond Trellis Necklace. It was made around 1900 for Queen Wilhelmina.


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She also wore an elaborate wrap bracelet. I think this might be Queen Wilhelmina's diamond and ruby bracelet -- in part because I think the earrings may also be set with rubies -- but I haven't found a conclusive angle, so it could be another piece entirely.


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Princess Marilene, wife of Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau, wore an eclectic mix of clothing and accessories.


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The focal point was her statement bib necklace, which coordinated with her simpler earrings.


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She also wore a gold bracelet on her right wrist.


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Princess Annette, wife of Prince Bernhard of Orange-Nassau, chose a palette of white and silver for the evening.


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Her pearl drop earrings and silver-toned necklace coordinated with her gown.


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We also got a hint of some glittering bangle bracelets on her wrist.


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Princess Anita, wife of Prince Pieter-Christiaan of Orange-Nassau, shone in golden jewels.


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She wore a pair of dazzling chain-link earrings with a textured gold pendant necklace.


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Her bracelet and ring coordinated with the rest of her jewels.


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The van Vollenhoven contingent was rounded out by Prince Floris of Orange-Nassau and his wife, Princess Aimee. (Aimee was expecting the couple's first child, Magali.)


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Like Anita, Aimee chose golden jewels for the party. Her earrings are set with an amber-toned gemstone.


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On her right wrist, she wore a major golden statement bracelet.


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Another golden bracelet, a flexible woven piece, adorned her left wrist; she also wore a gold-toned ring on her left hand.


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The Bourbon-Parma cousins -- the four children of Willem-Alexander's aunt, Princess Irene -- were also all at the birthday party.


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Prince Jaime and Prince Carlos escorted their sister, Princess Margarita, to the event.


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Margarita wore a pair of earrings set with rubies and diamonds. I wish her hairstyle had let us see a bit more of these!


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The fourth and youngest sibling, Princess Carolina, was escorted to the party by Queen Maxima's brother, Martin Zorreguieta.


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She wore a lovely pair of diamond earrings (nineteenth-century, perhaps?) with a diamond necklace.


Head back here later today for the third and final installment of this flashback series, featuring the foreign royals who came to the party!