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Old 08-12-2014, 05:24 PM
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Indeed the rules of the Code Napoleon [as regards equal inheritance between all children upon death of a parent] have ensured the tragic dispersal of estates and collections of all kinds throughout the countries he invaded in Europe .. Fortunately he never made it to Britain where Primogeniture [inheritance of the eldest son] ensured the preservation of great houses and collections [at least until the dreaded 'Death Duty' taxes began to take their toll...]
Thankfully most estates and collections are now held 'in trust' for future generations thus reducing the destructive effects of these taxes, and individuals are free [in Britain] to leave their property to whom they chose, rather than have it ordered according to the dictates of the state.
At the other hand the Code Napoléon ensures that neither the widow nor the younger children are left in poverty, which quite often happened. Look at Belgium: King Leopold II became so estranged with his daughters that he disinherited them all. His maîtresses Cléopâtre-Diane de Mérode and Blanche Delacroix ("Baroness de Vaughan") were overloaded with the most amazing and expensive gifts imagineable. So the continental system that all children have an equal right on a share and that the surviving spouse is always left the usufruct for life was not a too bad idea from Napoléon....
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Old 08-13-2014, 05:47 AM
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We should have had more jewels if we remained from the main Branch and not from the the King's brother the Count of Flanders.
Leopold Ii had a son who could be Leopold III , but he died at 10 years old
Only Princess Clémentine , Princess Napoléon , kept her jewels.
Princess Louise jewels , sold . Princess Stephanie jewels stolen, Empress Charlotte jewels partly stolen , Countess of Flandres partly stolen also.....
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Old 08-13-2014, 06:02 AM
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That is absolutely true, the Belgian collection could have been one of the grandest in the world. The "problem" is that twice the direct line ended, making a sidestep (King Leopold II having no own successors, King Baudouin having no own successors) and with an abdicated, re-married King Leopold III being estranged to his own children.

When King Leopold II would have established a "Crown Collection" or a family foundation for the jewels then his fantastic collection would still have been in Belgian hands.
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I agree totally with you and like your posts ! Bravo MO
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Old 10-17-2014, 06:26 AM
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H.M.Queen Mathilde wearing a very large pair of floral earring at the Autumn Concert,personally I find them gaudy and too large.

Queen Mathilde and King Philippe of Belgium assist the Autumn Concert... News Photo 457267654 | Getty Images
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Mathilde only had 1 tiara appearance of 2014:

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Old 12-22-2014, 04:52 PM
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I stubled over this great picture with Queen Mathilde wearing the bandeau from the Diadème des Neuf Provinces (click on the pic itself to blow it to XL). I wonder: is this a sort of wire wrapped around the bandeau to hold it to a frame? I see those strange lines, looking like wires. It looks a bit eh... amateuristic, a decent jeweller would not have done it like that. Or is it optical illusion?

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Old 12-22-2014, 06:43 PM
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You can open and close the bandeau to wear it as choker.
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Yes, that is right. My assumption that the bandeau has been wrapped with wire seems correct. Maybe there is a monture for the Diadème des Neuf Provinces in full setting, but not for the Bandeau alone. It looks like it has been wrapped with wire around a frame, no professional setting with a monture.

That said, I like the Bandeau as it is, without the arches on top.
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New brooch for Mathilde?
http://imageupper.com/i/?S0800010100011N14217635392465640

For today's reception Mathilde wore her wedding earrings and a brooch I don't recall her wearing before. I sure hope its real and not just costume jewellery. Perhaps a gift for todays birthday girl?
Sorry, couldn't find a better pic so far.
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WOW! Very nice piece. I hope it is part of late Queen Fabiola jewellery collection. If so it would means that QF found some solution for her jewels to stay with royal family.
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Or a birthday gift from the King as her birthday is today.
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WOW! Very nice piece. I hope it is part of late Queen Fabiola jewellery collection. If so it would means that QF found some solution for her jewels to stay with royal family.
Goooosh, I hope so, too! And: mainly for the BIG pieces, the really substancial ones (Tiaras and Parures)
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Wow! Love it from what I can see!
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Or a birthday gift from the King as her birthday is today.
If it is, the man's got good taste!
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Old 01-20-2015, 11:13 AM
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That brooch is absolutely stunning.
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WOW! Very nice piece. I hope it is part of late Queen Fabiola jewellery collection. If so it would means that QF found some solution for her jewels to stay with royal family.
I can not remember having seen this broche with Queen Fabiola. It is proibably "vintage jewelry": the "Broche Fabiola" by Lopez Linares is available for just € 70,--. see this one. It is not the same but I stumbled over it.

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Love that brooch. Mathilde needs some new jewels.
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How did you find out this 70 euros Fabiola's Brooch. I just saw Lopez Linares site.
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The broche is called "Broche Fabiola" but it is not the same as worn by Queen Mathilde. It is very well possible that she wore real diamonds and pearls, maybe we will have more pictures soon.

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