The King and Queen of the Belgians hosted the President of Switzerland for a state visit at the end of the week, and Mathilde treated us to a sparkling tiara moment during the banquet!
President Ignazio Cassis of Switzerland and his wife, Paola Rodoni Cassis, were the guests of honor at a glittering state dinner at the Royal Palace in Brussels on Thursday evening.
In his speech at the dinner, King Philippe highlighted his family’s longtime affection for Switzerland, referencing the mountaineering hobby beloved by his great-grandfather, King Albert I. He also noted that the two countries have sometimes been united in tragedy, including the death of his grandmother, Queen Astrid, in a car accident in Switzerland in 1935.
The gentlemen were elegant in white tie for the dinner, while the ladies wore gorgeous evening gowns. Queen Mathilde’s pink gown, which features a sparkling trim, comes from Armani Privé. Both she and King Philippe wore the sash and star of the Order of Leopold.
With her ensemble, Queen Mathilde wore glittering diamonds. She chose the Brabant Laurel Wreath Tiara, a gorgeous convertible jewel, for the dinner. The antique tiara was a wedding gift to Mathilde from a group of Belgian aristocrats in 1999. It can also be removed from its frame and worn as a necklace.
The other spotlight jewel worn by Mathilde for the banquet was this pair of diamond fringe earrings. Mathilde has more than one pair of diamond earrings with fringe design details. This one, which she’s been wearing for at least five years, features a pavé-set ribbon design and a mixture of round, baguette, and pear-shaped diamonds.