After I posted my article about the Spanish Royals’ State Visit to the UK, I realized that I had not shared information about the Dutch Royals’ State Visit to Italy and the Holy See. The four-day state visit took place on June 20 – 23, 2017. The Dutch Royal Website has a little information abou the royal event.
You know I had to curate some stunning pictures of the ever-beautiful Queen Maxima. So, here are a favorite of my photos.
In the evening, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima attended a state banquet hosted by Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella and Ms. Laura Mattarella (Daughter of the President) at the Quirinal Palace in Rome. Maxima wore a beautiful red gown designed by Valentino, who was a dinner guest. Love the all the diamonds and rubies.
On Day Two, the Dutch monarchs visited Sicily. Maxima was every inch the Italian femme fatale in her chic white summer dress, wide-brimmed hat, towering wedges and glamorous tortoiseshell shades. The royal couple sampled the local cuisine in Palermo, chatted with market vendors. The Queen was presented a beautiful bouquet of fresh white blooms.
That evening King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima were guests of honor at a concert at Palazzo Colonna. The performer was Dutch violinist Janine Jensen. The Dutch Queen wore a pale pink gown that fell to the floor in soft tiers. Maxima accessorised with a discreet clutch, dazzling diamonds, and a fan to stay cool in the Italian heat.
Queen Maxima wore all black to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican with her husband, King Willem-Alexander. As is customary – though not mandatory – at Papal audiences, the Queen, who is Roman Catholic, covered her head with a traditional black lace mantilla to meet the Pontiff. Although Maxima is Roman Catholic she is queen-consort of a Protestant country and, thus, does not qualify for the privilège du blanc (privilege to wear white). Here’s my post that explains the privilège du blanc.
The Dutch king and queen returned home from their state visit to the Vatican with a royal heirloom: the baton purportedly carried by William of Orange during the 16th century Dutch War of Independence from Spanish rule. The head of the Jesuit religious order, the Rev. Arturo Sosa Abascal, handed over the wooden baton at a ceremony in the Apostolic Library after King Willem-Alexander and his Argentine-born wife, Queen Maxima, met with Pope Francis. According to the Dutch royal household, Spanish Catholic forces took possession of the baton after they quashed the Protestant revolt headed by William of Orange at the Battle of Mookerheide in 1574.
After their visit to the Vatican, the Dutch King and Queen attended a car event in Rome and continued on to Milan,
The Dutch royals ended their day at the Holland Trade Dinner in Rome.
Queen Maxima looked fabulous on the fourth and final day of the royal tour. The Dutch monarchs visited the Design Museum Triennale in Milan. Maxima stepped out in a new Zimmermann dress golden, billowy midi-dress (purchased during last year’s visit to Australia.) The striking design featured a whimsical floral pattern in hues of rose, white and forest green, and was cinched in at the waist. The 46-year-old complimented the show-stopping ensemble with an oversized straw hat, and a pair of tan suede Jimmy Choo sandals.
I think you’ll agree with that Queen Maxima did not disappoint us Royal Watchers. She captivated her hosts with rubies and diamonds, large straw hats, bold jewelry, bold shoes, and stunning dresses. We’ll just wait for Maxima’s next royal event — preferably a tiara-wearing one.
Image Credits: Zimbio.com and Misha Schoemaker/WENN.com via DailyMail.co.uk