While many of the world’s royals were celebrating in Jordan on Thursday, Queen Mathilde of the Belgians was in Brussels attending an important music competition. Here’s a look at the diamonds she wore for two appearances at the finals of this year’s Queen Elisabeth Voice Competition.
On Thursday, as King Philippe and Princess Elisabeth represented the family in Amman, Queen Mathilde arrived at the Bozar in Brussels for the start of the finals of the Queen Elisabeth Voice Competition.
Young singers from around the world are competing for this year’s prize, which is designed to help young musicians at the start of their careers.
The competition is named for King Philippe’s great-grandmother, Queen Elisabeth of Belgium. Mathilde posed with a bust of the late queen during the finals.
For the day’s competition, Mathilde wore a boldly-patterned floral dress in shades of dusty rose and ivory.
She added some sparkle with a pair of earrings set with diamonds.
The earrings, which feature a crescent shape, are designed to resemble diamond petals, carrying the floral theme of the outfit through to the jewels.
Queen Mathilde was back at the competiton finals on Saturday, this time at the Flagey Concert Hall in Brussels, and this time with a special guest: her younger daughter, Princess Eleonore.
The ladies were on hand to congratulate South Korean baritone Taehan Kim, the winner of this year’s competition.
Both Mathilde and Elisabeth chose flowing, summery dresses for the finals. Queen Mathilde was swathed in a bright yellow Natan creation, while Elisabeth wore a floral dress from Maje.
Queen Mathilde again wore diamonds for Saturday’s portion of the competition finals: a gorgeous pair of classic diamond drop earrings. She’s worn the earrings, which feature a variety of interesting cuts, for previous events including National Day appearances and state dinners.
She also wore a very interesting necklace. Like her dress, the necklace—which looks quite a lot like Big Bird’s bird nest—comes from Natan. I knew it was one of their pieces even before I saw the UFO No More confirmation about the dress designer, because it’s clearly a sister piece to Queen Máxima’s infamous Natan “lobster” necklace.
Princess Eleonore opted for more subdued (and very age-appropriate) jewelry accessories, including a delicate pair of earrings and a necklace with interlocking circle details.