King Baudouin’s Pre-Wedding Ball, 1960

After a grand Ball at the Royal Palace of Brussels on the 13th, the following evening, the Belgian Government hosted a Ball in honour of the wedding of King Baudouin and Doña Fabiola de Mora y Aragón at the Cinquantenaire Museum in Brussels on this day in 1960-

(I have been told that some of the images below are from the Ball on the 13th rather than the 14th, but I will include them regardless)

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Doña Fabiola wore a lace gown with the Spanish Wedding Gift Tiara, Diamond Circle Earrings, and the Wolfers Necklace. King Baudouin wore Uniform with the Order of the Leopold. The couple were followed by Queen Elisabeth of Belgium (grandmother of the groom, wearing her Cartier Bandeau Tiara) and King Olav V of Norway (uncle of the groom).

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Other family members present included King Leopold III (father), the Princess de Rethy (stepmother), Prince Albert (brother), Princess Paola (sister-in-law, wearing Queen Elisabeth’s Bandeau), Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg (wearing the Luxembourg Empire Tiara), Hereditary Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg (brother-in-law), Hereditary Grand Duchess Josephine Charlotte of Luxembourg (sister, wearing the Belgian Scroll Tiara), and Queen Marie-Jose of Italy (aunt, wearing her Musy Tiara). Royal guests included King Michael and Queen Anne of Romania (wearing the Romanian Greek Key Tiara), Tsar Simeon of Bulgaria, Princess Margaret (in her Poltimore Tiara) and the Earl of Snowdon.

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Other royals guests included Princess Margaretha of Denmark (aunt, wearing the Khedive of Egypt Tiara), Prince Axel of Denmark (uncle), Princess Irene of the Netherlands (wearing the Aquamarine Tiara), Princess Astrid of Norway (cousin, wearing the Vasa Tiara), Countess Ruth of Rosenborg (wearing her Turquoise Star Tiara), Prince George Valdemar (cousin) and Princess Anne of Denmark, and Marquis of Villaverde and Duchess of Franco.

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