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Queen Máxima of the Netherlands In Jan Taminiau – Inauguration Of King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands In Jan Taminiau - Inauguration Of King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands

As with any royal occasion, the festivities are not just limited to one occasion.

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands was at Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam this afternoon for the royal inauguration of her husband, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.

Donning my favourite colour, electric-blue, the newly crowned Queen was hypnotic, wearing a custom royal-blue Jan Taminiau gown.

Her floor-sweeping gown with delicate lace-embellished panels on the bodice and skirt was styled with a matching floor-sweeping cape à la Gwyneth Paltrow’s 2012 Tom Ford Oscar gown.

Opting to keep her hair styled in the same chic chignon from the morning’s festivities, she added a stunning diamond-and-sapphire-encrusted tiara, matching drop earrings and a brooch to her look, all of which once belonged to Queen Emma of the Netherlands.

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77 Responses to Queen Máxima of the Netherlands In Jan Taminiau – Inauguration Of King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands

  1. From Russia With Love April 30, 2013 at 15:34 #

    Nice choice of designer (thank god it’s not yet another elie saab).

    • Colleen April 30, 2013 at 15:58 #

      What’s wrong with Elie Saab? At least his dresses are beautiful!

      • cartouche April 30, 2013 at 16:56 #

        beautiful but predictable..

        • Grace Patricia May 1, 2013 at 04:17 #


          I’m not very fond of the “embelished lace” style but I think Queen Maxima looks good, despite the matchy-matchy styling. I also wish she could have opted for a less mature hairstyling.

          • Bella May 1, 2013 at 17:37 #

            A queen needs to keep her hair out of her face, it is protocol.

    • Frans Biermans April 30, 2013 at 18:18 #

      Well she could have better chosen the real Elie Saab than a copycat. The dress is aboslutely gorgeous and i love it but i think it is very a like this Elie Saab spring 2013 piece. http://www.style.com/fashionshows/complete/slideshow/S2013CTR-ESAAB/#33
      I think there are like 5 principal differences, but I think the silhouette and the overall feeling of it ,especially thanks to the cape,is very a like.

      • Kathy April 30, 2013 at 20:02 #

        +1 There’s nothing about this dress that makes it “better” than an Elie Saab, least of all the name attached to it.

      • Koen de Koning May 1, 2013 at 21:06 #

        Just because Saab is completely unable to design anything else but embroidered lacey gowns, doesn’t mean other designers who use embroidery are copycats. Taminiau is much more versatile. If you must compare him, compare him to Alexander McQueen (who did the embroidery lace thing 10 years ago already).

    • Kathy April 30, 2013 at 18:28 #

      This is similar enough to an Elie Saab (albeit with less intricate detailing) that I imagine it wouldn’t matter so much who designed it. If it WAS an Elie Saab, would you hate it simply because of the label?

      • Colleen May 1, 2013 at 02:34 #

        Excellent observation, Frans Biermans. And Kathy you’re right, some people would hate something simply because of its label.

  2. McKenzie April 30, 2013 at 15:35 #

    I’m drooling! She looks incredible!

  3. Christine April 30, 2013 at 15:36 #

    She looks stunning. That blue is breath taking.

    • adrian April 30, 2013 at 20:45 #


  4. Yeliz April 30, 2013 at 15:39 #

    J’ADORE. Everything about it. This is a breathtaking example of how a modern queen should dress. She absolutely blew me away with this look. That electric-blue is divine and that cape is what really made this look so special. She is in my BDOTY list.

    • dee April 30, 2013 at 16:32 #

      She is in mine too. I love, love, love, love this look.

  5. AG April 30, 2013 at 15:39 #

    Wow, this is stunning! The colour is phenomenal!

  6. mm April 30, 2013 at 15:41 #

    Stunning. The Regalia,looks soooo expensive. Love the color.

  7. Cat April 30, 2013 at 15:43 #

    She looks really beautiful and truly regal. I am very proud of her as a fellow Argentine.

  8. Irene April 30, 2013 at 15:49 #

    Drop dead gorgeous! That’s exactly how a modern queen should look like. I’m so proud and happy that she is an Argentinian Woman. In my BDOTY list too.

  9. Erik April 30, 2013 at 15:50 #

    So regal. BDOTY for me for now.

    • Fiona-Brasil April 30, 2013 at 16:26 #


    • Vic April 30, 2013 at 17:42 #


    • Andie April 30, 2013 at 19:28 #


      • sara April 30, 2013 at 22:38 #

        Agreed… oh how i fantasize about being a queen like her one day haha… she looks like a fairytale come to life. I DIE for that crown! amazing!

    • elena May 1, 2013 at 16:55 #


    • snowlion May 2, 2013 at 13:02 #

      +5. Perfection.

  10. Xiomalys Crespo April 30, 2013 at 15:51 #

    Was this taken from the movie Anastasia?

    My God. I am stunned. She looks breathtaking.

    • Alina April 30, 2013 at 19:31 #


  11. Angie April 30, 2013 at 15:58 #

    Pure regality! The colour is stunning. This goes in my BDOTY list.

  12. justiner April 30, 2013 at 16:00 #

    She looks perfect. I didn’t like her red/orange Valentino gown, but this one is gorgeous.

    • CreoleLady April 30, 2013 at 17:10 #


  13. dressaddict April 30, 2013 at 16:16 #

    I adore it, I have no words for how much I like it. Definitely BDOTY.

  14. Cheryl April 30, 2013 at 16:19 #

    BDOTW for sure. Nothing can compare.

  15. kane April 30, 2013 at 16:21 #

    Ah, there it is! She looks so regal and solemn, almost a bit apprehensive? I really begin to wonder if capes do have superpowers after all. They make you win all the BDOTX lists.

  16. SS April 30, 2013 at 16:36 #

    Queen Maxima looks stunning!! That blue gown is just is gorgeous. I am drooling over her tiara.

    Definitely BDOTW and even BDOTY!

  17. Jessica April 30, 2013 at 17:08 #

    in one word: WOW

  18. Rebecca Z April 30, 2013 at 17:31 #

    Truly stunning. She looks regal but warm. Lovely woman.

  19. Nat April 30, 2013 at 17:34 #

    Best dressed of the year and week =DD. Dressed like a queen.

  20. Nat39 April 30, 2013 at 17:49 #

    Regal, spectacular esp. in striking electric blue, this is where this type of cape belongs, very royal. Gwynie’s Oscars look just wasn’t working imo.

    • Milla B. April 30, 2013 at 22:02 #


    • Kate May 1, 2013 at 03:39 #

      THANK YOU. I thought Gwyneth’s cape looked dumb.
      This looks stunningly regal and beautiful.

      However, I don’t think I would like the look much at all without the cape—because it covers the sheer sleeves (a pet peeve of mine).

    • Pene May 6, 2013 at 09:31 #

      ITA. it just wasnt work, this is perfectly suiting the occasion

      • Pene May 6, 2013 at 09:31 #


  21. molly April 30, 2013 at 18:11 #

    The second she walked out I was floored. This is easily my BDOTW as well as the best royal fashion moment of the year. Spectacular, she looks every bit the queen she is.

  22. Amy April 30, 2013 at 18:12 #

    That is a royal look.the color is blowing my mind. I can’t even deal. BDOTW nominee!

  23. Joana Gimenez April 30, 2013 at 18:17 #

    The dress is beautiful and she has a good porte it is a pride who is born in Argetina is seen to be very intelligent and sympathetic.

  24. Kathy April 30, 2013 at 18:30 #

    Not sure I love the blue-and-nude color combo (a little figure skater-ish) but this is still very beautiful.

  25. serapart April 30, 2013 at 18:36 #

    I’m completely in love with this look, nothing to complain about, looooove the dress *sigh*

  26. Manuel April 30, 2013 at 19:06 #


  27. Inge April 30, 2013 at 19:11 #

    I’m so proud of our new Queen in the Netherlands. The blue dress of Jan Taminiau is breathtaking!

  28. Andie April 30, 2013 at 19:27 #

    Definitely best dressed of the week! I am so proud to be Dutch right now! It is not just the dress that is stunning –> it is the woman that wears it with class and elegance!

  29. Simon April 30, 2013 at 19:28 #

    WOW ! a queen who really looks like a queen, amazing. I love it.

  30. Juliana April 30, 2013 at 19:54 #

    Amazing!!! Spectacular!!! BDOTY!!!

  31. Marybeth April 30, 2013 at 19:58 #

    WOW. I am speechless.
    The sheer beauty, the elegance, the perfect look for the occasion.
    This is going on my BDOTY list.

  32. chanel April 30, 2013 at 20:04 #

    Truly breathtaking.

  33. Molly April 30, 2013 at 21:07 #

    Def BDOTY. Perfectly regal for the new Queen on the ultimate red carpet.

  34. Rosa April 30, 2013 at 21:25 #

    I’m so happy with our new queen she looked absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for featuring all her looks FC x

  35. Vi April 30, 2013 at 22:00 #

    We can all be at ease now, for sleeping beauty chose blue at last… 😉

    • EmmaWoodhouse April 30, 2013 at 23:43 #

      +1 Love it! I always wanted Sleeping Beauty to choose blue! I love this look–totally BDOTY and actually blows Gwyneth’s look away in my book. I loe this look so much. SO elegant. SO regal. Absolute perfection!

      • Vi May 1, 2013 at 01:06 #

        it’s funny, the first thing I thought when I saw her is this fits every girls fantasy princess/queen dress! And at the same time it couldn’t be more elegant and fashion forward!

  36. TeaAtTwo April 30, 2013 at 22:38 #

    I loved Gwyneth’s Oscar look and I love this look. I’m need an occasion where I can wear a gown and cape!

  37. Dhppy May 1, 2013 at 00:21 #

    At first I looked at the gown and thought, nice color, but it seems like an Elie Saab knockoff. And illusion panel arms always scream “ice skater”. But, frankly, if she arrived in her nightgown with that eye popping set of jewels and a cape…she’d still have me at ‘hello”.

    • Kate May 1, 2013 at 03:40 #

      +1 on the ice skater sleeves. That’s the only thing wrong with this look for me.

      • Koen de Koning May 1, 2013 at 21:13 #

        If you want to do embroidery or lace at the sleeves, it’s necessary. Didn’t princess Kate also have sleeves like that? Not nude ofcourse, but see-through white… Only other option would’ve been royal blue see-through. That would’ve been ugly.

  38. Chloé May 1, 2013 at 01:28 #


  39. Pablo May 1, 2013 at 09:24 #

    This will probably be remembered for the BDOTY poll. And it has no competition for BDOTW this week imo.

  40. irina May 1, 2013 at 11:09 #

    BDOTW & BDOTY!!!

  41. MatBer May 1, 2013 at 11:17 #

    A Blue-Overdose … after this I don’t want see electric-blue for at least 12 months …

  42. Jess2 May 1, 2013 at 13:01 #

    All I can think is….WOW! This is so stunningly beautiful, she made the perfect choice for the occasion. The colour and details are phenomenal. I am also jumping on the BDOTY bandwagon for this look! AMAZING!

  43. elena May 1, 2013 at 16:57 #

    no words!!!stunning, chic, elegant…royal!! BDOTY

  44. Julia... May 1, 2013 at 17:33 #

    Wow beautiful dress. Beautiful woman and the designer is so good. Better than Elie Saab. Proud to be Dutch :-)

  45. Cinnamint May 1, 2013 at 22:16 #

    Now Maxima is someone who could make a flour sack look charming, but this is so wonderful. Colour, cut, execution and of course the way it’s worn makes it perfect. The whole inaugaration was not OTT yesterday, most of the atmosphere and sparkle was of the kind that cannot be had by just throwing money at it: It was simply very stylish and very genuine. The weather and the obvious positive feeling towards the couple helped. Willem Alexander and Maxima have set a standard for Royal occasions to come that is going to be very very hard to emulate.

  46. Frncne May 2, 2013 at 04:08 #

    BDOTY nominee for sure. It’s prefection. Totally event appropriate.

  47. Pene May 6, 2013 at 09:37 #


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