Queen Mathilde of the Belgians has proved herself to be an elegant and capable jewelry wearer over the past two decades, and she’s flourished even more since inheriting the use of several of Queen Fabiola’s jewelry pieces.
In May 2016, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde welcomed King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan to the Royal Palace for a gala dinner. The couples posed together in front of the impressive vista at the front of the palace before the dinner.
For the dinner, Queen Mathilde coordinated her clothing, accessories, and jewels, with the national colors of her guests’ country. Her red evening gown, with a beaded bodice and tiered skirt, and her beaded clutch bag both matched perfectly with the red accent on the sash of her Jordanian decoration, the Supreme Order of the Renaissance. The order’s colors match those of the Jordanian national flag.
Mathilde reached for jewelry pieces from the collection of the late Queen Fabiola for the occasion. She wore the meander-patterned bandeau base of the Nine Provinces Tiara, the diadem worn exclusively by Belgian queens. It originally belonged to Queen Astrid (grandmother of King Philippe), and has since been worn by Queen Fabiola, Queen Paola, and now Queen Mathilde. (The Princess of Réthy, second wife of King Leopold III, also wore parts of the jewel.) Mathilde has worn the full tiara on occasion since 2013, but she has worn the bandeau base alone for several events as well.
With the bandeau, she wore the classic diamond and pearl drop earrings that belonged to Queen Fabiola. These feature several cuts of diamonds, including stones with round, baguette, and triangle cuts, and large pearl drops.
Mathilde also picked up the red colors from her dress, bag, and sash by wearing Queen Fabiola’s diamond and ruby bracelet on her right wrist. The jewel echoed the striped order sash beautifully. She finished off the look with rings, plus an additional diamond bracelet on her left wrist.
Queen Rania also sparkled for the banquet, wearing a gown with a draped white bodice and an embellished black skirt. She paired the dress with her Belgian decoration, the Order of Leopold, and diamonds. With her petite Boucheron Bracelet Tiara, she wore a pair of gorgeous diamond statement earrings, plus a delicate, modern bracelet on her right wrist.