The Tiara Tour LIVES! Sorry I haven’t gotten to it until now; real life beckoned. But we’re here now, so let’s head over to Denmark where the Netherlands paid a State Visit. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima landed in Denmark Tuesday, March 17. I’ll cover some of the other photos from the visit later; this is just for the March 17 evening State Banquet (with tiaras, gowns, and sashes) at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen. There were five ladies in tiaras: Queen Maxima, Queen Margrethe, Crown Princess Mary, Princess Marie, and Princess Benedikte.
Let’s start with Queen Maxima (because, well, her outfit is my favorite). Maxima hit it out of the park in her striking blue Jan Taminiau embroidered gown she previously wore to Willem-Alexander’s inauguration in April 2013 (this time she wore it without the cape). Maxima wore my favorite Dutch tiara, the Sapphire and Diamond Tiara. She also wore sapphire and diamond earrings and a sapphire and diamond brooch. Maxima received a new order, the Order of the Elephant (Denmark).
I love this tiara; it is one of my favorites just behind the Swedish amethyst tiara. I loved this dress and tiara combo in 2013 and I love it now. And the light blue sash coordinates perfectly with the dark blue dress and jewels. Maxima looks amazing.
Queen Margrethe color-coordinated with Maxima and wore a new light blue gown along with the dark blue (and orange) sash of the Order of the Netherlands Lion (Netherlands). Margrethe wore the Danish Pearl Drop Tiara (which has a historical connection to the Netherlands), and pearl earrings, necklace, and brooches. She also wore her family order.
She looks really lovely; I love the color on her.
Crown Princess Mary repeated that sleek white gown she debuted at the New Years Banquet in January. To switch things up, Mary opted for a different tiara this time, choosing her wedding tiara.
Mary wore her aquamarine girandole earrings, bracelet, and ring. Both Mary and Crown Prince Frederik received new orders, the Order of the Netherlands Lion (Netherlands). She also wore her family order.
I like seeing the dress without the cape, but the tiara is kind of small compared to the others. Oh well, she still looks nice.
Princess Marie also repeated a dress with a peplum (can we end that trend already, please). Marie wore the Danish Diamond Floral Tiara, earrings, brooch, and her family order. She and Prince Joachim were given new orders, the Order of the Crown (Netherlands), which is a lower order than the Netherlands Lion.
I’m king of just meh on the dress but the tiara is pretty and I love that they are holding hands.
Princess Benedikte wore a lovely purple gown with floral embroidery. She paired that with the Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg Fringe Tiara (which actually comes from her husband Prince Richard‘s family). Benedikte wore a diamond floral brooch, and a necklace and earrings. She and Richard were given the Order of the Crown (Netherlands).
If you can take even more photos, here are some photos of the Dutch and Danish royals from The Black Diamond in Copenhagen where the Dutch held a return dinner on March 18.
Maxima wore a one-shoulder orange gown with beading and a diamond necklace, bracelet and earrings. She wore her hair down and looked very pretty.
Margrethe wore a shiny pink number with lace on the bodice and a brooch. She also wore that fur shawl thing I’m not fond of (she wore it to the State Dinner, too). And Prince Henrik wore a purple jacket – I love that.
Mary wore a black strapless gown with a pucker design in the skirt and a really high waist. It’s not her best look ever.
Marie wore a black dress with white beading on the bodice.