17 August 2019

In Memoriam: Princess Christina of the Netherlands

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We learned sad news from the Dutch court yesterday: Princess Christina -- aunt of King Willem-Alexander, sister of Princess Beatrix, and daughter of Queen Juliana -- passed away after a long struggle with bone cancer. Today, to honor her memory, we have a bejeweled look at her royal life.



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Wearing pearls as a bridesmaid to her eldest sister, Princess Beatrix, and her new brother-in-law, Prince Claus, March 1966


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Dancing in costume (including glitter tights!) during a masked ball aboard the Oranje Nassau in Amsterdam, December 1966


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Wearing the family's laurel wreath tiara (beside her new brother-in-law, Pieter van Vollenhoven, and her father, Prince Bernhard) during a state banquet for the King and Queen of Nepal, April 1967


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Wearing the family's ears of wheat tiara beside Princess Margriet (in the family's aquamarines) and Grand Duchess Josephine-Charlotte of Luxembourg (in the grand Empire Tiara) during the Luxembourgish state visit to the Netherlands, September 1967


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Gleaming in pearls on the balcony between Pieter van Vollenhoven and her elder sister, Princess Margriet, on Prinsjesdag, September 1967


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A vivid yellow ensemble and button-style statement earrings for Prinsjesdag, September 1968


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Wearing her mother's turquoise heart necklace and pendant for the announcement of her engagement to Jorge Guillermo, February 1975


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Windswept in fringe earrings with Jorge as they arrive for a dinner given by the government at Loevestein Castle ahead of their wedding, June 1975


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Wearing a lace veil and cap (but no tiara) for her wedding to Jorge in Utrecht, June 1975


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Wearing dangling earrings and stacked bracelets during the Swedish state visit, October 1976


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Wearing groovy sunglasses and button earrings (and expecting her first child, Bernardo) at Soestdijk Palace on Koninginnedag, April 1977


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With Jorge and baby Bernardo at Soestdijk Palace, May 1978


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Wearing a long necklace (and expecting her second child, Nicolas) with her sister, Princess Irene, and brother-in-law, Pieter van Vollenhoven, at the Amsterdam premiere of a documentary about Queen Juliana, April 1979


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Wearing pearl button earrings on the grounds of Soestdijk Palace, May 1980


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Wearing pearl button earrings and a sparkling bracelet and ring (and expecting her third child, Juliana) at the opening of Christie's in Amsterdam, September 1981


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Pearl button earrings and bracelets for the official opening of the Paleis Het Loo Museum in Apeldoorn, June 1984


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Pearls and layered jewels to watch the Prinsjesdag celebrations in The Hague with her mother, Queen Juliana, September 1987


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Flower earrings and a charming bird brooch to watch the Prinsjesdag celebrations with Queen Juliana, September 1988


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Pearls to attend the wedding of Prince Friso and Princess Mabel with her sisters, Princess Margriet and Princess Irene, April 2004


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Golden jewels, including floral earrings, for the christening of Princess Amalia, June 2004


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Wearing pearls (with her daughter, Juliana) for the wedding of her nephew, Prince Pieter Christiaan of Orange-Nassau, in Noordwijk, August 2005


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Pairing the family's laurel wreath tiara with pearls for a gala dinner held the night before the inauguration of her nephew, King Willem-Alexander, April 2013


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Favorite pearl button earrings and a pearl necklace for the royal inauguration, April 2013


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Wearing golden jewels (with her elder son, Bernardo) at the wedding of her nephew, Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Parma, October 2013


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A final formal-but-casual royal portrait in turquoise and gold, 2015