Best in Leading Lux Ladies
|Left to Right: Princess Stéphanie and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg|
Best in Red
Crown Princess Mette-Marit
|L to R: Princess Marie Astrid of Luxembourg, Princess Margaretha of Luxembourg, Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, Princess Sarvath El-Hassan of Jordan|
Best in Metallic
|L to R: Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, Princess Miriam of Bulgaria|
Best of the Repeat Queens
|L to R: Queen Paola of the Belgians, Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, Queen Sonja of Norway, Queen Silvia of Sweden|
These ladies sure do get their money out of their gala gowns. They never seem to get rid of any. (I thought Paola’s looked so familiar, and then it hit me: she wore it to Máxima and Willem-Alexander’s pre-wedding shindig 10 years ago.) I give this to Anne-Marie, because of purple. (Her sister Queen Margrethe was there too, wearing an oft-repeated green lace gown and her Floral Aigrette Tiara.)
Best in Non-Tiara
|The Princess of Venice and Piedmont (Clotilde Courau), Queen Fabiola of Belgium, Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco, Queen Margarita of Bulgaria|
Best of the Rest
Princess Mathilde and Princess Astrid
|The Duchess of Braganza, Princess Mathilde of Belgium, Princess Astrid of Belgium, Princess Claire of Belgium, Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia|
Best in We Only Want to Talk About Your Tiara Anyway
Crown Princess Victoria
|L to R: Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Princess Caroline of Monaco|
Well, it’s true. But Victoria wins this anyway, for repeating the magical Elie Saab she wore to the 2010 Nobel Prizes.
And on that note, let’s get to the tiara business.
The Tiara Rundown
The best kind of tiara events are those that either answer old questions or pose new ones, and this dinner did both, bless its heart. Answering questions was Sibilla, who wore Queen Victoria Eugenia’s Aquamarine Tiara. There were rumors earlier this year that her family had sold it to King Juan Carlos for Queen Sofia, and this was a tidy way to kill that speculation off. Also answering a question was Princess Caroline, who dug two tiaras out of storage, the Cartier Pearl Drop and Charlotte’s Russian Fringe (for her necklace). I wondered if any of the significant family tiaras would go to Charlene, but it appears that answer is no. And posing new questions for us is Victoria: What is that on her head, hmm? It’s no Swedish tiara I’m familiar with, and it is not the tiara of Countess Estelle Bernadotte that the family is rumored to have bought back. There’s also a hair comb at the back. Delicious mystery!
laurel wreath, Claire in her pearl and diamond tiara worn for the third time, and Astrid in the Savoy Aosta Tiara. From Greece, Anne-Marie brought the romantic Khedive Tiara, and Marie-Chantal was back to her typical fringe.
Queen Maud’s Pearl and Diamond Tiara for Sonja, the trusty Diamond Daisy for Mette-Marit, and King Olav’s Gift Tiara (her only personal diadem) for Märtha Louise. Máxima went with the Mellerio Ruby Tiara, and Silvia brought her party antlers (a.k.a. the Nine Prong Tiara).
Romanian Greek Key Tiara, Katherine wore a small tiara which I believe she also wore to the Swedish royal wedding, the Duchess of Braganza wore a petite necklace tiara, and Miriam wore what I believe is the same tiara she wore to Frederik and Mary's wedding.
her rubies and a new way to wear the ruby necklace! I love that she's playing with her toys. (Even more ladies in red, see what I'm saying?)
PHEW. And that's not even everyone. If you need me, I'll be curled up in the corner rocking back and forth, waiting for the wedding to start. Until next time, tell me:
Who's got the best gown? What about best tiara?
Photos: Grand Ducal Court/Guy Wolff/Christian Aschman/Getty Images/RTL/PPE/DutchPhotoPress/Profimedia