I’ve wondered about the jewel collection of Queen Marie Henriette of Belgium lately and yestereday’s post from The Court Jeweller Will Sell Queen's Jewels
prompted me to take a closer look. Queen Marie Henriette was the wife of King Leopold II of The Belgians and only the second Queen of Belgium. According to Queens’ Jewels by Vincent Meylan, Queen Marie Henriette left directions in her will for some of her jewellery to be left in trust for the future queens of Belgium but after her death in 1902 King Leopold II ignored her wishes and instead split her jewels evenly between their three daughters; Princess Louise, Princess Stephanie, and Princess Clementine. When King Leopold II died in 1907, his immense personal wealth was inherited by his mistress and their two sons. This meant that Leopold II’s nephew, King Albert I and his wife Queen Elisabeth did not inherit any jewellery and had to start a new collection from scratch.
A selection of her jewellery
I don't know what this is made out of, perhaps some type of mourning jewellery?
This is probably the set of jewellery I would most like to know more about. Can you imagine if it still belonged to the BRF?
A diamond tiara
Her death notice which shows a tiara and a necklace made out of large diamonds
Lots of pearls including a tiara that seems to have been inherited by her daughter, Princess Clementine
Most of the pictures are from The Royal Collection
and Grand Ladies