Banquet for King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium

On October 11, 2016, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko held the Imperial Banquet for King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium as the State Guest at Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan. Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, Japan's Prince Akishino and Princess Akishino, Princess Mako and Princess Kako of Akishino attended the Banquet Dinner at the Imperial Palace. Belgium's King Philippe and Queen Mathilde visit Japan for an six day state visit from 9 till 15 October.
Queen Mathilde diamond tiarra, wore gown, jewellry diamond earrings satin dress gold handbag
Queen Mathilde diamond tiarra, wore gown, jewellry diamond earrings satin dress gold handbag
Queen Mathilde diamond tiarra, wore gown, jewellry diamond earrings satin dress gold handbag
Queen Mathilde diamond tiarra, wore gown, jewellry diamond earrings satin dress gold handbag
Queen Mathilde diamond tiarra, wore gown, jewellry diamond earrings satin dress gold handbag
Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, Japan's Prince Akishino and Princess Akishino, Princess Mako and Princess Kako of Akishino attended the Banquet Dinner at the Imperial Palace.
Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, Japan's Prince Akishino and Princess Akishino, Princess Mako and Princess Kako of Akishino attended the Banquet Dinner at the Imperial Palace.
Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, Japan's Prince Akishino and Princess Akishino, Princess Mako and Princess Kako of Akishino attended the Banquet Dinner at the Imperial Palace.
Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, Japan's Prince Akishino and Princess Akishino, Princess Mako and Princess Kako of Akishino attended the Banquet Dinner at the Imperial Palace.

14 comments:

  1. That's more like it. Better suited clothing to Mathilde and with an eastern twist.

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  2. The Emperor and Emperess are so regal. Such poise. Both ladies look lovely.

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  3. She's wearing a tiara but the empress does not? Major faux pas. Also, one does not wear ski-high heels when being invited by people who are as tiny as the emperor and empress. Basic courtesy I'd say.

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    1. what a mean comment! I'm sure the empress had a reason for not wearing a tiara - As to Mathilde's heels, did you want her to wear sneakers or flats?

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    2. Mathilde is 5'9" so even in flats (and we do not know what she is wearing) she would tower over the Emperor and Empress. Nancy Reagan was barely 5'4" and she stood way over the Empress. There is no way to avoid this issue whether you are in your stockings or in heels.

      As to the tiara. Old school was that everyone wore one or everyone did not wear one. These days many opt to wear or not wear to an event whether it is black tie or not. These details are always discussed so I doubt that this is a major faux pas. Mathilde has never put a bad foot forward.

      With that said ~ The Empress has terrible back and neck issues. She stopped wearing tiaras a few years ago due to the weight. It is a very rare occassion for her to wear one. The other members of the family have them on so this is no major issue. If the Japanese royal family is wearing them then Mathilde is fine to wear one. She is a Queen and has every right to do so. Equal staus.

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    3. I totally agree with Lizzie and Diane. You must have extraordinary eyes, being able to see Mathilde's heels through the fabric of her long robe but not being able to see the tiaras (all bigger than Mathilde's) on the heads of the other ladies of the imperial family.
      By the way, I like Mathildes gown but not the colour on her.

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    4. I believe the Empress did not wear a tiara because of medical issue and from the suggestion of imperial doctor, this has been for a while. And if Sellsea you have follow any Japanese Imperial news, you would ever seen the Empress wearing a tiara in this kind of occasions, do your research before you blast out stupid comment. It just show you are not careful enough in this kind of details.

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  4. The Empress no longer wears tiaras for health reasons. There was no faux pas and no offense would have been intended or taken. You will note that all of the other ladies of the Japanese Imperial Court are wearing tiaras as well.

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    1. I refrained from pointing that out since it is so apparent that all the other Japanese women are wearing tiaras, as well as stunning diamond necklaces. Mathilde's is more a headband than a tiara, and modest, very modest, compared to the others. Bite your tongue, Shellsea.

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  5. Perfection ! Love the colour and design of the dress. Hair make-up is lovely too ! And the simplicity of the tiara adds to the over all look. Worth noting, the Japanese royal ladies look just as beautiful !

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  6. I think that Mathilde's tiara belonged to Queen Fabiola and can also be worn as a necklace. To choose a tiny tiara instead of a more substantial piece leaves the starring role to the sumptuous gown and avoids adding extra height to Q. Mathilde. Princess Masako looks lovely and the Empress looks exquisite as always.

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