10 October 2017

Dutch Visit to Portugal: State Banquet

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For tonight's state banquet in Lisbon, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands piled on the family emeralds -- and the Duchess of Braganza wore a stunning family heirloom!



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Willem-Alexander and Maxima were hosted by President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at the Palacio da Ajuda in Lisbon.


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Maxima wore the tiara from the family's emerald parure. Although it is relatively simple in design, the tiara can also be worn in pearl and all-diamond settings. (Learn more about the tiara over here!)


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She added a pair of diamond and emerald earrings from her personal collection. These are also convertible jewels; the pear shaped drops can be worn separately as studs. She previously wore this necklace configuration, which includes the family's 18th century emerald pendant, during a state visit to China. (See #3 on this list!)


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Maxima pinned the brooch from the emerald parure at the waist of her gown, and I believe I spot a bracelet from the suite on her right wrist.


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She wore both the sash and collar of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator; Willem-Alexander wore the same sash and collar.


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Also attending the banquet: the Duchess of Braganza, who wore the King Luis Diamond Tiara. (We featured this one on the blog earlier this week!) Her choker necklace can also be worn on a tiara frame.