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Does that mean Paola has decided to leave the Art Deco to Astrid ? I was afraid she might do something like that. IMHO, that tiara should remains the main branch of the Royal Family.
Astrid is Paola's only daughter and it is pretty normal that a mother leaves her bijoux to her very own girl, I think... The diadem is Paola's own property so on itself it is her good right to make her own choice. Astrid is married to the head of the prestigious House of Austria-Este, she has always been an exemplaric royal without any controverse so she "deserves" her own mother's diadem, I think.
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The Belgians have so few tiaras I hope it remains in the family. Perhaps Astrid be allowed its use for events when she chooses but it remains the property of the royal family. It was made for Queen Elizabeth, it would be great to see in Paola's granddaughter, the future Queen Elizabeth
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I think it's something he bought at the garage-sale Henrik of Denmark had after retiring.


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True story, specially if you compare him to how well dressed Lorenz was.

And I do hope the Art Deco stays in the family, it's not as if the Belgians have an abundance of tiaras.
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The Belgians have so few tiaras I hope it remains in the family. Perhaps Astrid be allowed its use for events when she chooses but it remains the property of the royal family. It was made for Queen Elizabeth, it would be great to see in Paola's granddaughter, the future Queen Elizabeth
Totally agree with you! There is very pity if this tiara leave from the Royal Family!
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Old 03-09-2016, 03:27 AM
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The hairdo doesn't look quite right for the Laurel Wreath.
You nailed it. When she has previously worn the Laurel Wreath it looked quite dramatic and very elegant. With this rather odd hairstyle, it looks half hidden and almost insignificant.

Then again, why ever would Mathilde choose this tiara lesser tiara, when her S-I-L make a big splash wearing such a magnificent and historic tiara? It doesn't seem to make sense.
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Has anyone managed to work out what exactly Prince Laurent was wearing last night?

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Something he considers elegant and comfortable I guess he has worn that outfit before during other evening events he attended, though not at a state banquet



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I am sure Queen Mathilde did not know Princess Astrid would wear her mother's art deco tiara and will stole the show.
I agree 100 % with Duc , the Princess wore her greatgrandmother, grandmother and mother's tiara. Why all for Princess Elisabeth ???

What a shock for King Philippe and Queen Mathilde yesterday evening : Laurent without white tie and Sash, no Claire .. and the Deco tiara for Princess Astrid.
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You nailed it. When she has previously worn the Laurel Wreath it looked quite dramatic and very elegant. With this rather odd hairstyle, it looks half hidden and almost insignificant.



Then again, why ever would Mathilde choose this tiara lesser tiara, when her S-I-L make a big splash wearing such a magnificent and historic tiara? It doesn't seem to make sense.

In addition to the hairdo someone on Twitter said it looked like it was without the usual base and that's why it looks so small.


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In the future , will Queen Paola wear tiaras , I am not sure or abroad when tha actual Monarchs will not attend.
Princess Astrid and Prince Laurent did not smileat all. I hope we will see them for other State Visit.
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I wonder why Princess Claire wasn't there? Strange to see Prince Laurent alone, and in this suit. He clearly is not happy with his role.
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Prince Laurent and Princess Astrid did not enjoy the State Diner at all
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But if it not was there again everyone would say why don't went the King's brothers not invited or snubbed!!! The same story again and again!!!!!!
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It is not again and again , it is the first State Visit Dinner with their attendance.
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Old 03-09-2016, 09:39 AM
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I wonder if he wants to provocate by purpose. I understand if he´s cross with his parents, but why doing this to his brother?! In the beginning of the new reign he had so much positive to say about it...
If he really is cross, why did he attend at all?!

Everything put together, this particular royal family put on a poor, disharmonic show at this occasion Really wonder what the german presidential couple was thinking...?!
Still the king and queen tried their best.
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On Princess Astrid's diadem I would add: it was given to Donna Paola when she married Prince Albert. That means the diadem was already out of the main line since then. Because Princess Paola unexpectly became Queen in the 1990's it came in the direct line again but that the diadem "left" to a side-line was in fact already decided more than 60 years ago.
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It is not again and again , it is the first State Visit Dinner with their attendance.
Princess Astrdi also attended the State Dinner for the President of China.
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I wonder if he wants to provocate by purpose. I understand if he´s cross with his parents, but why doing this to his brother?! In the beginning of the new reign he had so much positive to say about it...
If he really is cross, why did he attend at all?!

Everything put together, this particular royal family put on a poor, disharmonic show at this occasion Really wonder what the german presidential couple was thinking...?!
Still the king and queen tried their best.
Not only the royal family looked a bit disharmonic. Yesterday I saw M Siegfried Bracke (Chairman of the House of Representatives) in smoking. After seeing more pictures: he was not the only one. There was a mix of gentlemen in white tie, in smoking and in daily suit. It is a pity the dresscode was not more respected, to begin with Prince Laurent. If even royals do not care, how can one expect others to care?
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