Spring State Visit Style: Queen Maxima of the Netherlands

You've got to love a State Visit. This spring has been bursting at the seams with them as red carpets are rolled out, tiaras are dusted down and national anthems are played until the poor trumpet player needs a lie down. And State Visits mean the A game when it comes to the royal wardrobe. So all this week, there's a look back at the spring style that has come with this latest round of big events. A different royal every day, starting with the Queen of the Netherlands who just hosted the President of Argentina and his wife. Here's Maxima's Spring State Visit style.

The start of a State Visit usually requires some kind of hat and we know that Maxima can really do hats. Which is why her choice of a very understated and small (for her) straw flying saucer is a bit of a mystery. Maybe's it's the fact that her guest, Argentinian First Lady Juliana Awada, was bareheaded that toned down the regal hat wattage. It's a shame because when Maxima goes maxi on the hats, she
always wins. But then the whole outfit, by Mattijs Bergen, is rather low key. That didn't last...

The State Banquet brought a rewear of a dress last seen beneath a rather stunning evening coat. It dazzled then, covered up, so on its own with a cracker of an heirloom necklace last seen forty plus years ago, it was always going to wow. Maxima wore a palest gold strapless dress by Jan Taminiau with a princess skirt covered in embellishments. The tiara was her diamond bandeau and the necklace comes from the House Diamonds set - the last time this sparkler was seen in public, Maxima was still at school.  There is nothing not to love about the whole ensemble and it has still competition as the best look of the State Visit because day two brought....

coat that only Maxima could wear. The maroon Claes Iverson design has a fifties feel about it but who's worrying about a slightly flared skirt when there are all those marvellous silver starbursts to enjoy. Maxima really hit the style button with this one and the neat little hat and metallic shoes just keep adding to the dazzle factor. This has got to be a contender for royal outfit of the year. 

The evening was always going to have to work hard to live up to the coat and the Natan design almost managed it. There's something effortlessly glamourous about this midnight blue top and skirt and the luxury of the velvet top adds a whole layer of texture that really ramps up the style factor. Queen Maxima has a look all of her own and it (nearly) always works. This big event in her royal calendar showed that to perfection. The Spring State Visit Style of Queen Maxima is enough to brighten anyone's day

Photo credit: koninklijkhuis Twitter.


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