26 December 2020

Royal Christmas Celebrations

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Happy Boxing Day, everyone! We've talked a lot about how Christmas celebrations, including royal Christmases, are a little different this year. But royals all over Europe have indeed been celebrating the season, and today we've got a look at some of the jewels they've been wearing for their holiday festivities.


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In Britain, the Queen made an appearance at Windsor Castle with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Princess Royal, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex on December 8. The occasion was a thank-you to local volunteers and key workers for their work in helping others during the pandemic and lockdown periods. For the appearance, the Queen wore a floral brooch made of gold and set with diamonds and rubies. (See a good close-up of the brooch over here!)


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The Duchess of Cornwall wore her lovely purple and yellow pansy brooches for the occasion.


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The Duchess of Cambridge brought some sparkle to the outfit courtesy of the Queen's Diamond Frame Earrings, which Kate wears as a long-term loan.


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The Princess Royal kept things simple with a pair of pearl stud earrings.


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And the Countess of Wessex wore a pair of sparkling earrings with disc-shaped drops.


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The Norwegian royals gathered at the Royal Palace in Oslo on December 15 to take their usual Christmas portraits this year. King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway were joined by Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, and Prince Sverre Magnus.


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Queen Sonja wore a suite of teal jewelry, plus a charming little Christmas tree brooch.


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And Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore a festive pair of pearl hoop earrings for the pictures.


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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark joined in the holiday spirit at the unveiling of this year's Christmas stamp at Julemaerkehjemmet Liljeborg in Roskilde. The Christmas stamp raises money for the children who find help at one of Denmark's Christmas Stamp Homes.


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For the unveiling, which happened back in October, Mary wore sparkling floral stud earrings and a charming little Christmas stamp pin.


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The annual distribution of Christmas gifts took place at the Palais Princier in Monaco on December 16 this year. Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene were joined by Princess Gabriella and Hereditary Prince Jacques for the event.


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Princess Charlene wore a pair of gold hoop earrings for the occasion.



Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Princess Estelle, and Prince Oscar of Sweden celebrated Christmas with a visit to Stockholm's City Mission this year. The royal court released a video (with English subtitles!) documenting their holiday visit.


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The annual Christmas concert was held in the throne room at the Royal Palace in Brussels on December 18, and the event was broadcast to the nation on December 20. King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians were in attendance, along with their four children, the Duchess of Brabant, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel, and Princess Eleonore.


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Queen Mathilde wore a pair of festive statement earrings for the concert.


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Princess Elisabeth chose a pair of fringey statement earrings, too.


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And Princess Eleonore participated in the concert this year, posing for an official photograph with her violin.


Which royal Christmas traditions are your favorites each year?