In June 2010, royals from around the world gathered in Stockholm to celebrate the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden. Today, our Sparkling Spotlight shines on the diamonds worn by the then-Princess Máxima at the pre-wedding gala.
Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima, who were still a few years away from the throne, arrived at the Eric Ericson Hall in Stockholm for the pre-wedding dinner, which was followed by a concert. Máxima wore a festive floral gown with fluttery cap sleeves and a tiered skirt for the event. A little sparkle was added with beaded embellishment on the sleeves and skirt as well.
And leave it to Máxima—there was plenty more sparkle in the form of diamonds at her ears, wrists, and even tucked away in her hair!
Máxima wore a pair of grand earrings thought to be from her personal collection: lovely, elongated diamond girandoles with ribbon detailing. She’s loaned the earrings to her sister-in-law, Princess Laurentien, on at least one occasion.
This black-tie dinner and concert event wasn’t a white-tie moment, so there were no tiaras. But of course, Máxima managed to smuggle in a tiny tiara anyway! She nestled Queen Wilhelmina’s Diamond Hair Comb in the back of her updo.
This angle of the comb is slightly better, if blurrier. The comb dates to the turn-of-the-century years of Queen Wilhelmina’s reign, and Máxima has also worn it on another occasion in a more traditional tiara-style placement.
She finished off the look with some major diamond bracelets, too. These two bracelets were originally one much larger jewel: the Dutch East Indies Bracelet, given to Queen Juliana as a wedding present in 1937 by the people of the Dutch East Indies. It was transformed into a (much more wearable) pair of bracelets in the 1990s.