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Queen Máxima wears necklace at state banquet that had not been seen for 40 years

We can always count of Queen Máxima to show us some magnificent jewels, but most were not expecting her to pull out the House Diamond Necklace, which had not been seen in public for forty years.

The gorgeous necklace is part of a three piece parure, which also includes the Stuart Tiara and a large diamond bow brooch. The set was created for Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands in 1897 using several heirloom diamonds that belonged to the House of Orange. Queen Máxima has now worn both the diamond bow brooch and the necklace. The rather enormous Stuart Tiara has also not been seen in public for several decades. Queen Juliana was the last one photographed wearing it and in the image below she is also wearing the bow brooch of the set.

The large diamond in the Stuart tiara was once owned by Queen Mary II of England and it is to her that the tiara owes its name. The diamond was originally set in a brooch and was later set in a pendant necklace. It was on display at the famous Great Exhibition of 1851 in London. The Stuart Diamond was finally placed in a tiara in 1897 for the investiture of Queen Wilhelmina in 1898. She also wore a smaller version of the tiara for her wedding to Henry of Mecklenburg-Schwerin in 1901.

Queen Máxima wasn’t given an Argentine order during the state visit. However, her husband King Willem-Alexander appeared at the state banquet with a brand new Argentine order. He wore the collar of the Order of the Liberator General San Martin as well as the sash of the Military William Order, his highest Dutch order. The First Lady was also given a new order, the Order of the Crown.

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