It was a dreary day in October in the Netherlands when they met.
The woman, an English visitor by the name of Catherine Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, wore a tailored lilac skirt suit by Catherine Walker. Her minimalist accessory of choice? A serendipitous pair of pearl earrings.
The occasion for her visit was a solo encounter with King Wilhelm-Alexander as well as a tour of the local scene. However, it was whilst she was carrying out said duties and exploring the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague that she came across The Girl - yes, the one With a Pearl Earring.
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Their eyes met and lingered on one another. Game recognized game, and paparazzi photographers recognized the lucrative meta moment: A woman and a girl - separated by centuries, cultures and that intangible divide between the living and the suckered-into-posing-for-a-portrait-by-Johannes Vermeer - each wearing a nearly identical pair of pearl earrings.
Sometimes, life imitates art. (And sometimes, life is just a photo op too good to pass up.)