State Visits mean busy suitcases. There's hats, there's gala gowns, there's even a tiara or two to get in the bag before heading off to smile and wave. Often, the royal wardrobe for these regal events is rather predictable - a few stand outs peppering some regular, expected looks. But every now and again we get a stand out style statement that lingers long in the memory. Queen Maxima in Italy is one of those moments. Maxima has nailed it on every single part of her four day trip. Here's a look back at the State Visit Style of Queen Maxima in Italy.
Day one, June 20th 2017, saw the King and Queen of the Netherlands arriving in Rome where they were given an official welcome by the President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, at the Quirinale Palace. They also found time to look loved up and lovely at that icon of Rome, the Spanish Steps.
State Visit means State Banquet and Maxima wowed in red as she and King Willem-Alexander headed back to the Quirinale Palace on the evening of June 20th where they were hosted again by President Mattarella.
This dress was first seen the family and friends gala dinner marking Willem-Alexander's 50th birthday back in April and with its asymmetric shoulder styling and draping sleeve it's right on trend. Red is about as hot as it gets right now and has the added bonus of matching that rather impressive set of rubies that Maxima brought with her to Rome. No wonder she's smiling.
Day two, June 21st 2017, saw the couple head to Sicily for a day of engagements. With the temperature well into the thirties, Maxima played it cool in a white sleeveless dress with peplum effect and a huge straw hat. You want to know how to make summer clothes State Visit ready? This is a masterclass.
Day two also gave us a taste of that style statement that Maxima does so well - accessories. She added a gold torque necklace and some fabulous fan earrings for her day on the island which saw her visit a centre helping immigrants arriving in Sicily, a tour of the Palazzo Reale and lunch with Palermo's mayor.
The third day, June 22nd, included a State Visit to the Vatican. The Queen of the Netherlands opted for traditional dress for her audience with Pope Francis. During their State Visit to the Vatican, Willem-Alexander and Maxima also visited the Biblioteca Apostolica. The morning had begun with the royal couple spending some time at the 12th century Frisians Church in Rome which was built on a site which had welcomed pilgrims from the Lowlands since the 9th century.
The afternoon of day three saw King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima head to Milan where they were welcomed at the Museo Cenacolo Vinciano and had the chance to see Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting, The Last Supper. This part of the visit was all about the Dutch economic mission to Italy taking place during the visit and the royal couple also visited EatItaly where they were given a cooking demonstration linking the food of both countries. For this busy afternoon, Maxima was looking very summery with a sundress in white, red and blue. Oh, and flowers in her hair. Summer State Visit style taken in a whole new direction here.
Maxima saved the best for last with her day four outfit. There's nothing not to love about this ochre print dress with its lace effect top and long skirt. Not to mention the flying saucer hat and sandals. It was chosen for a morning of events in Milan which included a visit to the Rossan Orlandi Gallery to see the work going on there to promote up and coming fashion designers. Then it was off to a major meeting on economic ties and development covering areas including culture, water management and co-operation between the two countries.