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21.10.19

Queen Maxima Of The Netherlands State Visit To India

Queen Maxima Of The Netherlands State Visit To India

The King of Netherlands King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima arrived in India on Sunday (October 13) for a five-day state visit.

As you would expect, the Queen was on splendid form.

Here are eight of her most noteworthy looks.

Official Welcoming Ceremony: On Monday (October 14), the royals were officially greeted by President Ram Nath Kovind.  Queen Maxima wore a beautiful blue-grey dress by Belgium based designer Natan, with a matching hat by Fabienne Delvigne.  The drapery works off-the-shoulder, but not so much for me at the waist.

Official State Banquet: The Queen wore her first traditional look of the trip at the official state banquet President Ram Nath Kovind at the Presidential Palace on the same day.  Giving me, what might be my fifth BDOTY worthy look this October.

She looked resplendent wearing a pale pink bespoke gown by her favourite designer, Jan Taminiau

The dress was cut in a style similar to the traditional sari, with the cape sleeve giving this look its regal air, along with the diamond bandeau tiara of course. 

I’m stunned by the delicate pink floral embroidery, but not a huge fan of the Aquazzura platform shoes.

A matching pale pink clutch completed her look.

Tomb of Safdarjung Visit: Wearing another Natan dress.  I want to say the hat saves the look, but I’m not a fan of the ruching on the skirt. This doesn’t feel as polished as the others.

Chapratie Shivaji Museum Visit:  For her visit to the Rembrandt exhibition on Wednesday (October 16), the Queen wore another Natan dress with another hat from Fabienne Delvigne.  While hat does feel appropriate, the necklace feels a bit OTT.  This look was a rerun from when the royals paid a visit to Curaçao in July 2018.  As you can see, the look fares much better without the necklace.

Dutch Society in India Reception:   Zimmermann’s usual free-spirited beachy aesthetic was dialed up a few notches in this ’70s floral print dress.

Between the buttons dancing up to a high neck to the puffed sleeves adding a dramatic sense of volume, I can see why the Queen opted to wear this piece which feels heavily Indian inspired.

Mattancherry Palace Visit:   It would appear that the Queen has a thing for Fabienne Delvigne hats, as this was the third by the designer during this trip.  What I loved about this Natan striped dress, is that it seemed to pay homage to the national flag of India’s with its horizontal rectangular tri-colour of saffron, white and green.

Chief Minister of the State Kerala Dinner: Jan Taminiau created another beautiful one-shoulder sari during the final dinner of the royal tour.  On this occasion the accessories helped uplift the look, but I wish she had worn her hair up.

Alleppe Cruise: On the final day, the Queen finished as she started; in a lace dress by Natan, styled with a Fabienne Delvigne fascinator.   I adore the vibrancy of this orange look, which  I much prefer to her opener.

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