To round out our celebrations of the jewelry worn by Queen Paola of Belgium, we’re having a look at a tiara that she wore during the reign of her husband, King Albert II. The grandest jewel in the Belgian royal collection is the Nine Provinces Tiara, a sparkler designated for the use of the nation’s queens and queens consort.
The tiara was originally worn by Queen Astrid; she’s wearing the full version of the flexible, adaptable tiara in the portrait above. (You can find a bit more about the tiara’s provenance and history here!) Today, the tiara is worn by Paola’s daughter-in-law, Queen Mathilde of the Belgians, but Paola wore the piece as a tiara and as a necklace during her twenty years as the Belgian queen. Here’s a look at some of the ways that Paola wore the tiara.