Two young princesses joined the ranks of tiara-wearing royal ladies this week, plus lots more jewels!
In Japan, the biggest news of the week was Princess Aiko’s coming-of-age ceremony, which was held in Tokyo on Sunday. For the first time, Aiko (whose formal title is “Princess Toshi”) wore a tiara and coordinating jewels, which are on loan to her from her aunt, Sayako Kuroda. (Much more about the jewels over here!)
Empress Masako and Emperor Naruhito joined their daughter at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Sunday as she received official congratulations from government officials and family members. Masako wore pearls with a gold ribbon brooch for the occasion.
Also on Sunday, an official video was filmed at the Imperial Palace to mark Empress Masako’s 58th birthday. The video was released on her birthday (Thursday, December 9). She wore earrings and a necklace made of gold and pearls for the video.
On Thursday, Empress Masako wore pearl cluster earrings, a pearl necklace, and a modern pearl and diamond brooch for a birthday visit with her parents-in-law, the Emperor and Empress Emeritus, at their home in Tokyo.
In the Netherlands, the Princess of Orange celebrated her 18th birthday on Tuesday. A series of new portraits, taken in the autumn of 2021 at Huis ten Bosch Palace, was released to mark the occasion. In the images, Princess Amalia wears delicate gold jewelry with heart designs.
On Wednesday, Princess Amalia took her place on the Council of State, delivering a speech to the advisory body at Kneuterdijk Palace. She wore gold earrings, stacked bracelets, a diamond and aquamarine ring, and a necklace with her initial (“A”) for the important moment.
Queen Maxima of the Netherlands was a proud mother during Amalia’s first Council of State meeting. She wore diamond stud earrings for the occasion, as well as the diamond and ruby ring that King Willem-Alexander gave her to mark Amalia’s birth 18 years earlier.
On Thursday, Queen Maxima wore pieces from her suite of diamond and pink gemstone jewels for the recording of a Christmas music gala in Apeldoorn. She wore the statement earrings from the set, as well as the brooch (pinned at her waist), the bangle bracelets, and the ring. She also stacked additional bracelets on her left wrist.
Queen Letizia of Spain wore golden hoop earrings with petite pendant drops on Thursday to celebrate the 75th anniversary of UNICEF at Caixa Forum in Madrid.
In Thailand, the royal family gathered on Sunday to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for a monument of the King’s late father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej at a memorial park in Bangkok. Queen Suthida wore several pieces of jewelry for the event, including a pair of earrings with diamond-set heart pendants.
For the memorial groundbreaking, diamond and gold jewels were also worn by Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol (standing between Queen Suthida and the King) and Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana (on the right).
On Tuesday, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wore one of Queen Victoria’s Bow Brooches to hold virtual audiences via videolink from Windsor Castle to Buckingham Palace.
On Wednesday, the Queen wore a two-stranded pearl necklace, small pearl earrings, and the Kent Amethyst Brooch to present the Queen’s Medal for Music to English concert organist Thomas Trotter at Windsor Castle.
For a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the BBC radio drama The Archers at Clarence House on Tuesday, the Duchess of Cornwall wore her favorite diamond and pearl drop earrings, her Kiki McDonough Apollo Necklace, and several stacked bracelets, including her new Van Cleef & Arpels Magic Alhambra bracelet. She also fastened an “Archers Addict” fan club pin to her jacket.
Camilla also wore the diamond and pearl drop earrings on Wednesday, as she celebrated the 130th anniversary of one of her patronages, Royal Trinity Hospice in Clapham Common. She also wore a pin with the hospice’s logo on her coat, and I think I see another pin (which I can’t clearly identify) peeking out from the bow of her blouse.
On Wednesday, the Duchess of Cambridge hosted a special concert of Christmas carols at Westminster Abbey, honoring those who have supported their communities during the pandemic. She wore the Queen Mother’s Sapphire and Diamond Fringe Earrings for the occasion.
The Countess of Wessex was also present for Wednesday’s concert, wearing pavé-set earrings and a glowing pendant.