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Queen Maxima has proved she is a fashion force to be reckoned with, wowing the world with four equally stunning outfits during the Dutch inauguration festivities.
On Monday night, for the glittering state dinner that saw royals from around the world gather to celebrate Beatrix“s final day as queen, the Argentine-born blonde showed off her flamboyant style in a red tiered Valentino gown that had a flamenco feel.
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It was no surprise that the beautiful blonde had called upon the Italian fashion house for this important occasion – Valentino designed her wedding gown and has remained one of her favourite designers ever since – but more astute fashion fans and royal watchers were surprised to recognise the dress. Maxima had already worn the creation once in 2008 at a Gala Party hosted by Queen Elizabeth II to celebrate the 60th birthday of her son Prince Charles.
The next day, Maxima shone in pale pink satin as she took to the royal palace”s balcony with her husband Willem-Alexander and their three daughters Amalia, Alexia and Ariane.
The beautiful blonde was the epitome of elegance in the creation that featured intricate shoulder detailing and a skirt in embroidered silk.
Maxima had called upon Belgium fashion house Natan, which has long been favoured by the European royals, to custom-make her all-important dress. Her daughters Amalia, Alexia and Ariane were also dressed in the brand”s designs.
Speaking to reporters last week, the creative director of the label, Edouard Vermeulen, spoke about the new queen.
“She”s undoubtedly a woman of our times,” he said. “She”s active, enjoys fashion as well as her role in the family and the nation.
“She has this Latin charisma and amazing smile that have made her extremely popular,” he added. “She was born for the role.”
The next event of the day, the investiture ceremony, saw another outfit change for Maxima.
Fittingly, she chose to fly the flag for Dutch design, all while giving a nod to the Dutch flag in a royal shade of blue, in a cobalt creation that had been custom-made by Dutch designer Jan Taminiau.
The gown featured lace detailing on the bust, along with crystal detailing that offered the look a subtle sparkle . She accessorised with a matching blue structured cape and the Mellorio sapphire tiara given to her by her mother-in-law Beatrix.
Her fourth outfit of the festivities was equally stunning, and Maxima drew gasps from the crowd as she stepped out from her car for the Water Pageant in a beautiful burgundy and nude lace gown.
Once again, she had called upon Holland-born Jan Taminiau, the designer who had custom-made her second dress of the day.
Due to the backless and off-the-shoulder cut of the dress , Maxima had opted to carry a matching wine-coloured shawl to keep out the cold.