23 October 2018

Belgian State Visit Jewels in Portugal


Everybody's been buzzing about the Dutch state visit to the United Kingdom, which kicks off later today, but on Monday, we had more state visit jewels in a different corner of the continent.


King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians are currently guests of the Portuguese government. They were received yesterday by President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa in Lisbon.


Mathilde wore her diamond and pearl drop wedding earrings for the welcome ceremony and various engagements in the city. She also had a miniature version of the ribbon of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator, which she received during this visit.


She also wore her diamond and sapphire ring and her usual watch and gold bracelet combination.

Belgian Royal Palace

On Monday evening, Philippe and Mathilde attended a state banquet at the Palace of Ajuda.

Mathilde added diamonds to her hair, ears, and wrist for the occasion. She also wore the sash, star, and collar of the Order of Henry the Navigator.

The tiara was one of her wedding gifts nearly two decades ago: the Brabant Laurel Wreath Tiara. (Learn more about its history here!) She also wore a pair of her diamond fringe earrings.

We were also treated to a bonus tiara! The Duchess of Braganza, wife of the Portuguese pretender, wore the Braganza Floral Necklace Tiara for the banquet. (You can read more about it here!)