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Old 11-06-2015, 11:27 AM
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I don't think it is a coinsidence that Laurent and esp. Claire did not attend. When the government lowered the income of the prince in 2014, princess Claire did not attend any public duties for a while. Prince Laurent explained to the press: if they pay me less, they will get less in return. He also said that Claire would accompany him less. The newspapers deducted that this way they can reduce their spendings as the princess will need to buy new clothes less often.

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Old 11-06-2015, 11:54 AM
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Prince Laurent has a point in this particular situation. Gala appearances for women do require expenses.
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Old 11-06-2015, 12:02 PM
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I forgot about the costs of ball gowns and only thought the King Philippe might have been embarrassed, and preferred to keep Laurent at a distance. But it also might have been Laurent who had denied his wife the costs for the hairdresser (as she could have receyceled one of her ball gowns).

But I too don't think that it was coincidence. But maybe, if Laurent behaves well for a while, they might be seen at future State Banquets.
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Old 11-06-2015, 12:16 PM
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If I am not mistaken, she owns two tiaras (her wedding tiara and a second "new" tiara).
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she does, although in 2008 she may still have only had her wedding tiara. But it's still confusing as to why she didn't wear a tiara when the other women did!

I would really love to meet some of these royal ladies and ask them questions on why they did this or that. It's so confusing! lol
It is unlikely that she already had the second tiara in 2008. She wore it for the first time in 2010. And it is not known if she still owns the wedding tiara, because she hasn't worn it since 2006.
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Old 11-06-2015, 01:17 PM
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Prince Laurent has a point in this particular situation. Gala appearances for women do require expenses.
An option would be to recycle her evening gowns like the scandinavian Royals do. Don't think Claire has reworn most of her evening gowns. At last not more then 1 or 2 times.
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Old 11-06-2015, 02:04 PM
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I do remember seeing Claire wearing tiaras for the gala evening wedding banquets of both Prince Albert of Monaco in 2011 and for HGD Guillaume of Luxembourg in 2012, but for the life of me I can't locate any photos.
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Old 11-06-2015, 02:18 PM
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Monaco wedding in 2011
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Luxembourg pre-wedding in 2012
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Old 11-06-2015, 02:20 PM
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Are the pearl earrings the ones she wore at her wedding? IIRC the reporter said they were a gift from Q. Paola's family.
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Old 11-06-2015, 02:24 PM
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Monaco wedding in 2011
View image: claire 2011 2
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Luxembourg pre-wedding in 2012
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That's it..Claire looked particularly stunning at both events even though I am not certain she wore the same tiara to both weddings.

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Old 11-06-2015, 02:41 PM
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Are the pearl earrings the ones she wore at her wedding? IIRC the reporter said they were a gift from Q. Paola's family.
I believe they are the same. She has so very few earings that she has to repeat these over and over again. I think there was only one tiara event where she did not wear these. At the pre-wedding of Fred and Mary she wore small (diamond?) stud earrings. I guess she didn't want to wear the wedding earrings on two nights in a row.
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That's it..Claire looked particularly stunning at both events even though I am not certain she wore the same tiara to both weddings.

Many thanks, Tilia!
You're welcome, Moonmaiden! I agree, at these two events the Princess had extremely beautiful tiara-hair and gorgeous gowns. She really looked stunning.
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Old 11-06-2015, 03:09 PM
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I forgot about the costs of ball gowns and only thought the King Philippe might have been embarrassed, and preferred to keep Laurent at a distance. But it also might have been Laurent who had denied his wife the costs for the hairdresser (as she could have receyceled one of her ball gowns).

But I too don't think that it was coincidence. But maybe, if Laurent behaves well for a while, they might be seen at future State Banquets.
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An option would be to recycle her evening gowns like the scandinavian Royals do. Don't think Claire has reworn most of her evening gowns. At last not more then 1 or 2 times.
Both of you have a point too. Given a low number of state visits to Belgium, Princess Claire could participate in them. Expenses (makeup, hairstyle, and an outfit) are impossible for me to determine. At the same time, Prince Laurent's statements show the ongoing discord in the Belgian royal family. King Philippe has Princess Astrid and her spouse to join him for state banquets.
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Laurent and Claire’s absence during the Chinese state visit is no indication of anything regarding their future attendance right now. Laurent was hospitalized and in artificial coma during the state visit.
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Its funny. Im not a princess or wealthy. Just a normal woman and I have prettier jewelry than Claire. Doesnt the Prince buy his wife something nice once in awhile. They seem like they really struggle financially. Who knows. Just observing.
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Old 11-06-2015, 07:07 PM
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Monaco wedding in 2011
View image: claire 2011 2
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Luxembourg pre-wedding in 2012
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P Laurent looked as though he needed new trousers in 2012.
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Its funny. Im not a princess or wealthy. Just a normal woman and I have prettier jewelry than Claire. Doesnt the Prince buy his wife something nice once in awhile. They seem like they really struggle financially. Who knows. Just observing.
Laurent gets direct funding from the State, which is somewhat unusual nowadays in many royal families; none of the younger children of King Carl XVI Gustaf or former Queen Beatrix for example had the same privilege as adults . Laurent and his family also live (for free) at the Villa Clémentine, which is owned by the Royal Donation Trust and was specially built as a residence for the prince in 1993.

All things considered, I don't think Laurent can complain about what he and his family get from the Belgian taxpayers, even though his disposable income is indeed relatively modest. Having said that, Laurent often complains to the media that his private business ventures, which could be a source of additional income, have been constantly "sabotaged" first by his uncle, King Baudouin, then by his father, King Albert II, whom he described as "worse than the Stasi" (the secrete police of the former GDR), and, now, by his brother, King Philippe.
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Old 11-07-2015, 08:18 AM
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It seems obvious that Laurent prefers to spend his money on fast cars rather then on jewels for his wife.

As wedding gifts she has received the wedding tiara from her parents-in-law and the earrings are said to be from Paola's family. Was there anything else? Something from Queen Fabiola, maybe? At least I can't remember that she has ever worn a substantial necklace or brooch. And this is the only diamond bracelet I can remember having seen on her. Is there anything known about the provenence?
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Saturday Sparkler: Princess Claire's Wedding Tiara | The Court Jeweller

I love this tiara. It's so beautiful elegant, and timeless. I love the simplicity of it. One of my favorites in the family.
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This tiara is beautiful. And as article say fits perfectly with all the wedding appearance of Claire.
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Its a small and dainty piece which really suits the Princess and also goes well with her wedding earrings.
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She is the only Princess of Belgium having 2 tiaras of her own.
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