11 May 2016

Double Tiara Watch of the Day: May 11

State visit month promised, and state visit month is already delivering.

The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg arrived in Finland for their state visit, where a gala banquet was held. And they've swapped orders, in proper state visit form: the Order of the White Rose of Finland for Henri and Maria Teresa, the Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau for President Sauli Niinistö, and the Order of Adolphe of Nassau for first lady Jenni Haukio. The grand ducal couple received their orders at an earlier state visit. (For galleries from the first day, see here.)
Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
The Grand Duchess brought along her tiara and her Elie Saab. (She must have known I needed a fix. What a gem she is.) The Diamond Vine Leaves Tiara is a perfect choice for this dreamy dress. A+ state visiting.  

Elsewhere, the Swedish royal family welcomed the President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, at the start of her state visit. Only King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia were on the schedule to participate, but in a lovely surprise, they were joined for lunch by Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip, and Princess Sofia. (Here's a gallery from the welcome.)
And thank heavens for Sofia, because those shoes are giving me LIFE. All the jumpy claps for a hot pink shoe with a little bling on front to wake up an otherwise lovely but quiet outfit! (These should look familiar to Sex and the City fans - and lucky Sofia, she has the blue version too.)
Victoria's dress from The Fold, Sofia's shoes from Manolo Blahnik
Victoria's pink dress is absolutely lovely - and entertaining, too, because it has recently been making the rounds as a less expensive option for the Duchess of Cambridge's pink peplum Alexander McQueen look.

No princesses were on duty for the evening's state banquet, alas. Alas for us, who are missing out on additional tiaras, but a bonus for Queen Silvia, who doubled up on her handsome escorts.

She's a Chilean flag come to life in her repeated blue gown, her red Order of Bernardo O'Higgins, and her white diamond Party Antler Nine Prong Tiara topper. That's one way to do your diplomatic dressing. Festive!