Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth Realms
1952heavily symbolic gown from Norman Hartnell and her best jewels. We've covered this all in depth in the past, click here to see the coronation posts; click here to see more on the Queen's accession.
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
1972her brooch of her father's portrait. The brooch at her neck is a ruby and diamond horseshoe brooch given to her by her father when she was named heir to the throne (at her birth, only males could inherit the throne - the law changed after Frederik and Ingrid had three girls and no boys); she wore this same brooch during her Ruby Jubilee celebrations in 2012. Click here to see my entry on Margrethe's accession.
King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
King Juan Carlos I of Spain
1975click here for video of that event). They then visited the lying-in-state of Franco, for which the Queen added a black coat over her pink dress. On the 27th, they attended the Holy Spirit Mass - the enthronement mass, which served as the coronation equivalent - where the new queen made an impression her blue dress with a peineta and mantilla.
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands
1980Pearl Button Tiara as well as the Military William Order and her ermine robe was restored by Vreugdenhil prior to the event. Her husband Prince Claus was in white tie and the Order of the Netherlands Lion. Click here to see our entry on Beatrix's accession.
Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein
Video: the proclamation of Hans-Adam IIPrince Hans-Adam II formally became Liechtenstein's head of state at the age of 44 in 1989 when his father, Franz Joseph II, died. But in fact he'd been ruling in all but title since 1984, when Franz Joseph passed on his powers. Hans-Adam's proclamation celebrations were held on National Day in August 1990. Sartorially, the ceremony itself seems quite casual in comparison to some of the others seen here: the Prince wears a business suit, his wife Marie Aglaë wears a floral dress. Hans-Adam has now followed in his father's footsteps and passed his powers on to his son, Alois, while still remaining head of state.
King Harald V of Norway
1991Click here to read more about Harald's accession.
King Albert II of the Belgians
Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg
2000click here for a post from Luxarazzi.
Prince Albert II of Monaco
2005We've talked about Albert's accession in the past, click here to see.
2013we've just seen it!
So, we've got a bit of everything on show here: from the very fancy to the fairly simple, and mostly in between. The magpie in me requires me to hold the British version as my favorite (tiaaaarrraaas, hello) but I think the variety's kind of nice. After all, each one of these monarchies has a different history and a different culture to represent, and each tradition has developed accordingly. Plus, variety is the spice of life and all that, right?
What do you think makes a good enthronement outfit?
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