Sunday, 16 October 2016

Mathilde's State Dinner Sparkler

Mathilde of the Belgians in the diamond Wolfers tiara in Japan
(photo Belgian Royal Family Instagram)

State Visits mean State Dinners and that means tiaras. The Queen of the Belgians didn't disappoint, unpacking a diamond diadem for the gala banquet held in honour of her and her husband, King Philippe, at the start of their State Visit to Japan this week. Here's Mathilde's State Dinner Sparkler.

Mathilde chose the Wolfers tiara for the State Dinner in Japan. It's pure diamonds, with two rows of round cut sparklers sitting beneath a final flourish of the stones arranged in sets of three to form points along the top of the tiara.

It takes its name, like many a royal tiara before it, from the jewellers who made it. Wolfers put together this piece in 1960 on behalf of the diamond traders of Antwerp who presented it to Belgium's new queen, Fabiola, following her marriage to King Baudouin that year. It can also be worn as a necklace.

Queen Mathilde used this pretty piece last October for her State Visit to Poland - it's becoming an autumn favourite for this consort. This time round it was matched with a very regal dress in orange, complete with train. The tiara added just the right amount of sparkle and perhaps held an air of diplomacy in it as well - the Empress of Japan rarely wears tiaras now so anything larger might well have looked out of place. Mathilde's State Dinner sparkler is a winner all the way.

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