The blog is taking a long weekend, so I'll leave you with another round of our tiara retrospective game:
Queen Mathilde turned 43 this week! After a couple years as Queen of the Belgians, the birthday girl finally has a little bit of variety to add to a collection that's never been expansive. Her tiara list may be on the small side compared to others, but recent debuts (and her slow introduction of pieces from the late Queen Fabiola's collection) mean that there's still plenty of interest here.
|Cour grand-ducale/Christian Aschman|
She wasted no time throwing some variety into the mix once King Philippe took the throne, quickly debuting the bandeau portion of the Nine Provinces Tiara for the couple's first official portraits as king and queen. The "queen's tiara" of the Belgian monarchy was handed over to her by Queen Paola.
Which of Queen Mathilde's tiaras is your favorite?
What remains to be seen: Queen Fabiola's Spanish Wedding Gift Tiara, will we see it again? (The current Belgian royal tiaras, they must be the most diamond-dependent grouping outside of...well, Japan, I suppose. It would be fabulous to see something with a colored stone for a change.) Will Mathilde settle into a pattern, using specific tiaras for specific types of events, or will she mix it up? Only time will tell...