With access to one of the best royal jewelry collections in the world, the Dutch royal ladies are almost embarrassed for choice when it comes to gala attire. But that doesn’t keep them from continuing to find new and innovative ways to wear their tiaras! Today, we’ve got a closer look at a tiara transformation from Princess Irene in the 1950s.
The Dutch royal family welcomed King Baudouin of the Belgians to the Netherlands for a state visit in July 1959. During the visit, the royals attended a gala concert. The ladies wore evening gowns and tiaras for the occasion.
Queen Juliana wore the Dutch Diamond Bandeau with the Dutch Diamond Festoon Necklace and Queen Emma’s Diamond Art Deco Devant de Corsage. Princess Beatrix wore pieces from her mother’s aquamarine suite, and Princess Irene wore diamond and ruby jewels with a strapless tulle gown that sparkled with sequins.
The spotlight pieces from Princess Irene’s jewelry ensemble come from the Ruby Peacock Parure. She detached the central element of the Ruby Peacock Tiara from the rest of the piece and affixed it to a simple, slender frame. She wore the smaller version of the tiara low across her forehead, creating an aigrette-like effect. She also wore the peacock brooch to secure the vibrant purple sash of her order: the Order of Leopold, the highest Belgian order of chivalry, which had been bestowed on her by King Baudouin.
Princess Irene finished off the look with a pair of ruby and diamond earrings from her personal collection, plus a pair of bracelets and an embellished floral clutch bag.