Before she made a splash in diamonds at the coronation of King Charles III last week, the Queen of the Netherlands made a pair of appearances in pearls and rubies to remember those lost and celebrate enduring freedom.
In the Netherlands, May 4 is Dodenherdenking, or Remembrance Day. It’s a day to pay tribute to all members of the military and civilians who have died in wartime or peacekeeping conflicts since World War II. A special ceremony of commemoration is held at the National Monument on Dam Square in Amsterdam annually to mark the date.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands attend the event each year. Here, they’re pictured just after laying a wreath at the memorial during the commemorations.
Queen Máxima always wears jewels suitable for a memorial occasion for the commemorations. This year, she chose pearl button earrings and an important brooch from the royal vaults. The diamond and pearl cluster brooch, worn here with a pearl pendant, has been in the family’s collection since the nineteenth century.
The day after Remembrance Day, May 5, is celebrated as Liberation Day in the Netherlands. The day marks the end of the German occupation of the nation during World War II, and it’s celebrated annually with a festival in Amsterdam.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima arrived at the Royal Theater Carre for the Liberation Day concert on Friday evening.
Queen Máxima was festive in red for the concert, all the way to the rubies set in her heirloom jewels.
The entire outfit, including the jewelry, was a repeat from December’s appearance at the Christmas Music Gala in Amsterdam. On both occasions, she wore the necklace and earrings from the family’s grand Mellerio Ruby Parure with her outfit. The nineteenth-century jewels were a Christmas gift from King Willem III to Queen Emma in 1888.
She finished off the look with a diamond and ruby ring on her right hand and one of her modern diamond bracelets on her right wrist.