The King and Queen of the Netherlands welcomed the President of Italy to Amsterdam for a state visit on Wednesday, and we were treated to both daytime and evening jewels as part of the first day of the program.
President Sergio Mattarella of Italy arrived for a three-day state visit with King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands on Wednesday. He was accompanied by his daughter, Laura Mattarella. The visit began with a welcome ceremony in Amsterdam’s famous Dam Square.
Laura Mattarella wore pearls and a necklace with milky pink beads (rose quartz?) for the welcome ceremony, while Queen Máxima paired diamonds and black pearls with her slate gray and green ensemble.
Máxima wore her lovely black pearl and diamond pendant earrings, which feature a floral design. Even her hat pin for the occasion featured a white pearl!
Máxima also added a modern black pearl bracelet to her right wrist for the welcome ceremony.
On Wednesday evening, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima hosted a state banquet for President Mattarella at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam.
All four wore formal evening attire and decorations for the white-tie banquet. Both Willem-Alexander and Máxima wore the insignia of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. President Mattarella wore the Order of the Netherlands Lion, while Laura Mattarella wore the Order of the Crown.
Queen Máxima chose a gown from her archive for the dinner: a gold evening gown with a metallic harlequin pattern. She accessorized with pearls, including the Württemberg Ornate Pearl Tiara.
Máxima previously wore the gown in Tokyo for a state banquet at the Imperial Palace during the state visit to Japan in October 2014. On that occasion, she also wore the Württemberg Ornate Pearl Tiara, but a smaller setting of the versatile tiara. (The tiara can be worn in at least four different settings, and the one worn in Tokyo is setting #4.)
For Wednesday’s state banquet, however, Máxima chose a grander setting of the tiara: setting #2. That particular setting includes the five pear-shaped pearl toppers but leaves off the six smaller pearl toppers.
Queen Máxima finished off the look with classic pearl and diamond button earrings and a grand five-stranded pearl necklace. I believe this is the same necklace that she wore during this summer’s visit from the Danish crown princely couple, but with the clasp placed at the back this time.
Máxima also wore a diamond and pearl ring on her right hand. I believe she added bracelets as well, but the sleeves of her gown covered them.
There were two more royal tiaras present at the banquet as well. Princess Beatrix wore the aquamarine tiara that belonged to her mother, Queen Juliana. She also added a diamond necklace and one of the family’s diamond star brooches.
And Princess Margriet sparkled in loads of diamonds, including the Dutch Laurel Wreath Tiara and a gorgeous antique brooch. She also wore earrings with a twist detail and an interesting necklace with a buckle design.
And just for fun, here’s a better look at Laura Mattarella’s evening attire, including a gown with a sequin bodice and a cape detail. (Armani, perhaps?) Her jewelry appears to be made of gold and pearls.
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