This royal round up features Queen Maxima, Queen Mathilde, and a tiara.
Willem-Alexander and Maxima attended a State Dinner at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on May 27. Maxima wore a pink, one-shoulder fringe dress paired with some beautiful ruby jewelry: the Ruby “Peacock” Tiara, brooch, earrings, bracelet, and ring. I’m not usually a fan of fringe, but I think Maxima looks really pretty here. I love her in bright pink and rubies.
With the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II this year, the liberation of the Netherlands by Canada was the topic of Willem-Alexander’s speech at the State Dinner. Willem-Alexander said in part (full speech here):
“Just as distant as the Netherlands must have been to the young men of the First Canadian Army 70 years ago. In 1944 and 45 they succeeded, together with our other allies, in liberating the Netherlands from Nazi occupation. One muddy metre at a time. With stubborn resolve they fought their way through ditches, barricades and intense enemy fire. Canada paid a high price for our liberation. Some seven thousand six hundred Canadian soldiers died fighting for our freedom.”
I actually didn’t know Canada liberated the Netherlands (WWII was not my area of study). Paying attention to royals is educational!
Earlier in the day on May 27, W-A and Maxima landed in Canada and took part in a Welcoming Ceremony with Military Honors at Rideau Hall – where they also planted a tree. They journeyed to the National War Memorial where they laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. They also met with war veterans at the National Arts Centre. Maxima wore a navy lace dress and coat, navy heels, hat, and gloves, and carried a burgundy animal skin clutch. I like the pop of pink on the dress, but I don’t understand the lace coat at all. There is no functionality there at all, and IMO is not pretty enough to work as “just for show”.
Here’s a link with info on the visit and a video of the wreath-laying.
Last Friday, May 22, Maxima opened the new Koninklijke Kentalis diagnostic care education center for people with a hearing and vision disabilities. She looked really nice in her suit, and I don’t even mind her hat – it kind of works.
On May 20, Queen Maxima was joined by Queen Mathilde at the Hague to open the sculpture exhibition “Vormidable”. They color-coordinated their Natan outfits: Maxima in an orange-y coral coat with blue feathers on her hat, and Mathilde in a blue and orange dress with blue turban hat, clutch, and shoes, and orange gloves. They look adorable together.
Some older Maxima outfits:
Maxima wore head to toe yellow on April 30 when she and W-A attended Dia di Rincon in Bonaire… I LOVE THIS! Don’t call it a banana!
Maxima wore head to toe pink for King’s Day on April 27. I like this a lot. Not as much as the yellow outfit, but quite a bit.
Queen Mathilde, along with her husband King Philippe, received UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and his wife on May 27.
Mathilde attended the semi-finals of the Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition 2015 on May 16 wearing green lace. She looks nice.
On May 6, Philippe, Mathilde, and their daughter Princess Elisabeth inaugurated the Pollux Patrol Boat. Mathilde looked great in light blue Dior.