Several queen consorts and a couple of queens in waiting have been out and about over the last few days and whether it's the cold, January weather or the slight let down everyone feels after the Christmas holidays, all of them have been rather muted in their appearance. Queen Maxima of the Netherlands was very low key for her first appearance as consort at the Royal Family's annual New Year receptions, held on January 14th and 15th choosing a beige/ peach colour for both events.
Queen Maxima of the Netherlands goes for pale brown and aquamarine at the New Year reception held this
Also keeping it pale and almost interesting in beige was Crown Princess Mary of Denmark who spent January 15th 2014 handing out grants at Royal Copenhagen in a very formal black pencil skirt with a beige print blouse.
Princess Mary of Denmark went office almost interesting in a very muted outfit for her first public appearance since returning from her visit to Myanmar
Queen Sofia of Spain and Princess Letizia almost faded into the tapestries on January 14th when they presented awards at the Zarzeula Palace in pastels so pale they were in danger of disappearing.
Royal ladies in luke warm colours - Sofia and Letiza of Spain go pastel for a rare joint appearance
Only Queen Mathilde of the Belgians is trying to ward off the winter whites with a big dose of colour. For the second New Year reception of the year she went fuschia pink - although she'd chosen dove grey for her first outing. It's a little splash of colour in the middle of a long, cold month.
Dove grey for the first New Year reception in Brussels - Queen Mathilde starts the pale and interesting trend for Europe's royal ladies in January 2014