Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Earlier this month: Luisa's party

August 2016

King Philippe's niece, princess Luisa of Belgium celebrated her 21st birthday (ahead of the actual day) with a big party in Gallipoli, Italy.

Among the 200 guests were also Philippe and Mathilde.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

French & Italian Holidays

August 2016

The royal family spent a part of August holidaying in Hyères, France before moving on to the Valle Gesso, Maritime Alps, Italy.

Flashback: Toots Thielemans

6 May 2014

King Philippe and queen Mathilde received jazz musician Toots Thielemans (1922-2016) and his wife, Huguette at the castle of Laken in honor of his exceptional musical career.


Sunday, 14 August 2016

Borrowed jewellery: diamond brooch

A few years ago crown princess Mathilde was seen wearing a diamond rose brooch...

At the 60th birthday of the prince of Wales, in London (2008):

And at the King's Feast in Brussels (2008):

And at the wedding of prince William of Wales and Catherine Middleton, in London (2011):

However this diamond brooch does not belong to Mathilde. It's a loan from Belgian jeweller Wolfers.

The brooch is described as a "trembling brooch", i.e. with some diamonds mounted on little springs. They move slightly with the movements of the person, which multiplicates the glittering effect.

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