Queen Fabiola’s Waterfall Brooch

Today marks the 90th Birthday of the late Queen Fabiola of Belgium. To mark the day, we are taking a look at one of her glittering jewels worn by Queen Mathilde today-

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In 1983, King Baudouin of Belgium bought this antique Diamond Waterfall Brooch at an auction in Geneva, a gift for his beloved wife, Queen Fabiola, who publicly wore the piece at an event in 1986.

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In her widowhood, Queen Fabiola eschewed the use of grand jewels, and the Brooch remained unseen until being worn by then Crown Princess Mathilde at the pre-wedding gala of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, when it was worn in her hair. Since then, the Waterfall Brooch has been worn by Queen Mathilde for a variety of events, including her first Official Portrait as Queen, and as recently as Crown Prince Frederik’s 50th Birthday Gala last month. I have no doubt we will continue to see this reminder to Queen Fabiola in the years to come.


6 thoughts on “Queen Fabiola’s Waterfall Brooch

  1. This is such a beautiful brooch! King Baudouin brought Queen Fabiola quite a number of jewels over the years, including the beautiful aquamarines. So far Queen Mathilde has used from Queen Fabiola’s collection the Wolfers tiara, a pair of beautiful diamond earrings, a diamond bracelet, and this brooch- at least that I know of. Maybe she has used some of the aquas too? By all accounts, Queen Fabiola and Queen Mathilde had a great relationship. I think it was such a lovely gesture on Queen Mathilde’s part to wear this lovely brooch for her first official portrait as queen.

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