22 October 2019

Jewels of Emperor Naruhito's Enthronement (Part 2)

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The enthronement celebrations in Japan continued with the first of four court banquets (called Kyoen-no-gi) that will be held at the imperial palace over the next several days. We got major tiaras from the imperial ladies and their foreign guests for this dinner -- enjoy! (And catch up with our first enthronement jewel post over here!)




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Now officially proclaimed and enthroned, Emperor Naruhito presided over the banquet at the imperial palace.


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He was joined by Empress Masako. She wore the Meiji Tiara, further reinforcing its status as the most important tiara in the Japanese imperial vaults.


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With the tiara, she wore diamond floral earrings, a pair of diamond rivieres, and a diamond bracelet.


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We also caught a few (emphasis on few) decent glimpses of other imperial jewels. Crown Princess Kiko dazzled in the tiara and necklace from the family's crown princely parure during the banquet.


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And Princess Kako wore her diamond parure, which was given to her on her twentieth birthday.


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The foreign tiaras sparkled mightily at the banquet, too. Queen Mathilde of the Belgians paired diamonds with a champagne-colored gown.


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Her jewels included the meander base of the Nine Provinces Tiara, diamond fringe earrings, and a diamond bracelet.


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King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan also attended the banquet.


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She wore an impressive necklace and earrings with a gorgeous bandeau-style hair ornament.


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Queen Letizia of Spain, here with King Felipe, wore a magnificent pink gown.


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She also piled on the diamonds, including Queen Ena's Fleur-de-Lis Tiara (aka "La Buena"), the diamond earrings also from the joyas de pasar collection, and the fleur-de-lis brooch from her diamond and pearl tiara.


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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands also went with a pinkish-red gown with contrasting black elements.


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She wore the tiara, earrings, necklace, bracelet, and brooch from the Mellerio Ruby Parure for the occasion.


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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark shimmered in a gown with a built-in sparkling cape.


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She wore her Edwardian Tiara with the earrings that were made to coordinate with it.


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Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden wore one of the tiaras she owns personally -- the Boucheron Laurel Wreath Tiara -- with earrings, a brooch, and a necklace from the royal vaults.


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Update: Thanks to lovely reader Lucas, we've got a few more jewels to share! Here's a look at the tiara and topaz suite worn by the Queen of Malaysia. (The queen herself shared with Lucas via Twitter that the topazes belong to her mother!) The necklace from the topaz set was clearly designed with the Delhi Durbar Necklace in mind. Her tiara is the Malaysian state diadem.


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We've also got a look at a diamond suite worn by Queen LaMashwama, one of the wives of King Mswati III of Eswatini.