Stunning in scarlet: Radiant Maxima reigns supreme

Stunning in scarlet: Radiant Maxima reigns supreme
All eyes were on Princess Maxima as she stepped out for the Dutch state dinner on Monday evening in a floor-sweeping red tiered dress by Valentino.

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.

The gown was a fitting choice – the bright red hue meant the Argentine-born royal was able to inject some of her vivacious personality into the proceedings, all while giving a nod to the Dutch flag.

She paired the number with a beautiful rose-cut diamond Bandeau Tiara. The headpiece sparkled with 27 old mine diamonds set a single graduating row on a light platinum frame. Cascading blonde curls, a shimmering necklace and matching accessories completed the look.

Maxima, who will become queen consort on Tuesday, was accompanied by her husband, the future king Willem-Alexander, and Queen Beatrix. The 75-year-old looked lovely in a lilac ensemble, topped off by the ornate pearl tiara that she wore on her wedding day and a glittering state visit to the United Kingdom in 1982.