I had a request for Queen Maxima, so I’m giving you Queen Maxima. I’m also throwing in Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Sofia.
Queen Maxima put on an Etro jumpsuit for the opening of the Rotterdam International Film Festival on January 27 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. I’m not a fan, so let’s just move along.
In keeping with her love of large graphic prints, Maxima wore a paisley quilted skirt from Alessandra Rich while in Pakistan on February 9. I’m not a huge fan of the skirt but I love the turquoise earrings.
Maxima was in Pakistan as UN Secretary Generals Special Advocate (UNSGSA) for Inclusive Finance for Development for the launching ceremony of the Universal Financial Assess Initiative in Islamabad.
Maxima gave a speech in English. She said in part:
“We know that financial inclusion is one of the key drivers of development.
When the poor gain access to affordable and effective financial services, they are able to protect themselves against hardship and invest in their futures. Recent research reaffirms that financial inclusion has a positive impact on the broader economy as well, creating jobs, building stability and resilience and fostering growth benefiting all. […]
“When women receive funds directly to digital accounts in the safety and privacy of their own homes, they can avoid traveling to faraway banks and can better control their assets. And since women tend to invest their money back into the welfare of their families, their financial inclusion carries a double benefit that extends to future generations.
“The National Strategy pinpoints women’s financial inclusion as a critical priority and sets a goal of providing a quarter of all women with financial access by 2020. To reach that, providers will need to think carefully about what products women need and what they will use.”
Continuing her visit to Pakistan, Maxima inaugurated the office of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) in Rawalpindi on February 10.
On February 16, Maxima and King Willem-Alexander visited Brabant where they visited a cycling talent school.
On February 17, Maxima visited Schulhulpmaatje (Debt Relief Buddy) and took part in their fifth anniversary celebrations. Schulhulpmaatje is a social support network of professionally trained volunteers aiming to fight debt and offer help to individuals with debt problems. Maxima gave a speech, saying in part:
“We know how important your work is. But what I like about your work is that you look beyond finances. You look at the people. Because debts are related to many factors. Family, behavior, work (or lack thereof), living situation, social environment, health, mental health problems, past events: they can all play a part.
“All these factors taken together leave people sometimes without a way out. You become paralyzed. You do not dare to open the mail. You retreat into your own world. You are ashamed of all the problems. So many people feel indebted, lonely, and desperate. […]
“Through your work, you not only help people in debt. You help us all. … I would like to thank you immensely. You give people a perspective and courage. You give people hope again and a fair chance of happiness. You make our societies more resilient. You make the difference!”
Switching gears, Crown Princess Victoria made another appearance. Victoria visited the Bernadotte Library at the Royal Palace (with a collection that include around 100,000 books and 500,000 photographs that belonged to the Bernadotte dynasty) on “a day in mid-February” (per the Swedish royal website).
Victoria heard about the ongoing work of sorting and cataloging Karl XV’s book collection and viewed some of the photographs in the collection.
The current library was founded in 1877 by Oskar II, and contains material from Karl XIV Johan until Gustaf VI Adolf.
Victoria’s blouse is a repeat and comes from Swedish brand Mayla. The blouse has a gun print on it.
Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia joined Queen Silvia at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts formal gathering on February 19 in Stockholm.
Sofia wore a red cocktail dress with embroidered lace on the bodice, patent nude pumps, and carried a red suede clutch. I’m not a fan of the shoes or the black jacket she wore into the ceremony, but I love the dress and the bag.
I couldn’t even tell that Sofia was pregnant from the front, but from the side she’s definitely showing. Sofia is due sometime in April, so about two months or so to go.