The Dutch state visit to Austria continued on Tuesday with sparkling aquamarines, diamonds, and rubies! We’re going to start this morning with the aquamarines, and devote a dedicated post to the rubies later this afternoon.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands made several stops in Vienna on Tuesday, including a meeting with Chancellor Karl Nehammer and his wife, Katharina, at the Austrian chancellery.
They were joined by President Alexander Van der Bellen and First Lady Doris Schmidauer for a tour of the National Library in Vienna.
And they also made a visit to Brotfabrik Vienna, a series of galleries and studios located in the city’s former Anker Bread Factory. They had the opportunity to speak with several Ukrainian refugees while there.
They also pitched in to help with a community cooking project. The cooking photos are perhaps my favorite images from this day of the visit. These two always look like they’re having so much fun together.
Queen Máxima wore a blue ensemble of deconstructed modern lace for the day, including a matching hat.
She accessorized with diamonds and aquamarines from Queen Juliana’s collection.
The cooking photos from Brotfabrik offered us a great view of the aquamarines (and so many fantastic Máxima expressions!) She wore long diamond earrings from the family collection with Queen Juliana’s aquamarine briolette drops. These were Juliana’s wedding present from her mother-in-law, Princess Armgard of Lippe-Biesterfeld, in 1937.
She used one of the family’s lovely diamond ribbon brooches as an anchor for Queen Juliana’s gorgeous diamond and aquamarine pendant. The pear-shaped pendant was Juliana’s wedding gift from her husband, Prince Bernhard.
Here’s another view of the brooch, which held its own against Máxima’s apron.
Máxima also wore bracelets and rings on both wrists. She stacked her diamond family initial bracelet on her left wrist with her watch, and she wore her engagement and wedding rings on her left hand. On her right wrist, she wore her diamond wedding bracelet, plus a bangle with a rectangular aquamarine. That aquamarine and diamond bracelet also comes from Queen Juliana’s collection. She finished off the look with an aquamarine ring on her right hand.
Stay tuned later today for Máxima’s spectacular state visit rubies!