23 May 2019

Glamour in Germany for Queen Maxima

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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands jetted over to Germany for an official visit this week, and today we've got a look at the glamorous and whimsical jewels that Maxima packed for the trip.




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The royal couple began their visit in Schwerin on Monday, where they were hosted by Manuela Schwesig, the Prime Minister of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and her husband, Stefan. They toured Schwerin Palace, which is now a government building, visiting its grand ducal throne room and orangerie. The palace has special meaning for Willem-Alexander; his great-grandfather was Duke Henry of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.


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Maxima began the visit in a pair of earrings with gem-set quatrefoil pendants. The little bow you'll see pinned to her outfit during her visits to Germany is the ribbon of the German Order of Merit.

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Maxima also wore a stack of bracelets, including her diamond wedding bracelet and her diamond initial bracelet, on her right wrist, as well as her diamond and ruby ring.


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On Tuesday, the royals traveled to Schwielowsee near Potsdam, where they were hosted by several officials, including German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen and Brandenburg's State Premier Dietmar Woidke. The day's itinerary included visits to the Henning-von-Tresckow Barracks and the Bundeswehr Foreign Operations Command.


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Maxima chose pearls for her accessories on Tuesday, including a pearl necklace and her pearl stud and drop earrings.


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She also wore a pearl and diamond ring on her right hand.


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For a dinner in the Historical Saftfabrik in Werder on Tuesday evening, Maxima changed into a vibrant dress with statement jewels.


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Her earrings were the major accessory of note: large modern pieces that appear to be set with coral.


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Here's a look at the entire ensemble for the dinner.


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On Wednesday, Wax 'n Max peeked into the royal past again as they toured Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam. The famous palace was the summer home of Frederick the Great -- who, of course, is also one of Willem-Alexander's ancestors. The royals were shown around the palace by Christoph Martin Vogtherr, general director of the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation.


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Maxima accessorized her blush and gray ensemble with a fair bit of glitter. On her right wrist, you'll spot a stack of diamond bracelets: her wedding bracelet, her initial bracelet, and one of the Dutch East Indies bracelets.


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But the big jewelry moment of the day came courtesy Maxima's statement earrings: a pair of dazzling oversized hoops. We can all be very grateful for the painted ceilings at Sanssouci, because they drew Maxima's eye and allowed us a good glimpse of these jewels!