On the 6th January, a grand gala took place in the Quirinale, attended, apart of the two Royal Families, by HM King Boris III of Bulgaria, HM King Manuel II, exiled King of Portugal and grandson of a Princess of Italy, since Queen Maria Pia was daughter of Vittorio Emanuele II and sister of King Umberto I, and his mother HM Queen Maria Amélia of Portugal, born Princess of France, HRH The Prince of Wales and many other royals. Princess Maria José is said to have worn a diamond bandeau to the gala. The following day, the Belgian Royal Family, accompanied by HRH The Prince of Piemonte, was received by His Holiness Pope Pius XI at the Vatican.
Queen Elisabeth, dazzling in her splendid Cartier diadem worn in the front and a long pearl necklace, declined the “privilége du blanc” and wore black for the visit. Princess Maria José, who from the following day, as Princess of Italy, could also wear white at the Vatican, also wore black, using her tiara of diamonds and pearls, inherited from Empress Charlotte of Mexico, to hold her long black veil. Princess Astrid wore a small and discreet diamond and pearl tiara. The same evening around 5000 people were invited to a reception in the Quirinale.