Queens Day on the 30th of April has always been a special day in the Netherlands. This year, however, it was not your average Queens Day, but also the abdication of the beloved former Queen Beatrix. Her son King Willem-Alexander and his wife Maxima are taking over the reign and they did so in true royal style.
It all started early in the morning when the now Princes Beatrix and now King Willem-Alexander signed the official documents to pass on the crown. Alongside the new King was, of course, the new Queen, Maxima. Dying to see what dresses Maxima would wear, Little Soho surely wasn’t disappointed. Not by a long shot.
First Maxima appeared at the abdication ceremony wearing a champagne coloured outfit designed by Belgium fashion house Natan. A special detail is that the fabric used in the dress was a gift from Princess Beatrix to her daughter in law. After the long-awaited balcony scene – where we saw a mother proudly presenting her son as the new King and a father supporting his daughter as the now crown princess – it was time for a change of clothes.
And with a new look also came a new location. ‘De Nieuwe Kerk’,was the perfect setting for Willem-Alexander and Maxima to present themselves as the new King and Queen. The first Dutch royals to walk in, were Amalia, Alexia and Ariane accompanied by their grandmother; Princess Beatrix. Their adorable royal blue dresses were a great pre-show for the real show stopper, Queen Maxima. In a stunning dress by Jan Taminiau she looked just how a queen should look like. As a finishing touch, the matching cape added some regal flair to the dress. And let’s not forget about the jewelry. She wore the Mellerio sapphire tiara that was created by Parisian jeweler Mellerio, with 655 South African diamonds set in platinum and thirty-three Kashmir sapphires that are nestled at the bottom of the tiara. Extra sparkle came in the form of a giant oversized sapphire that belonged to Queen Anna of the Netherlands. The tiara was a present to Queen Emma from her beloved King Willem III. Maxima surely set the tone for the rest of her career as Queen.
And just when you think you’ve seen it all, Maxima makes her final appearance at the ‘Koningsvaart’ in a beautifully deep red lace and nude gown, also by designer Jan Taminiau. This last piece truly was the cherry on top of a royal cake and literally showed the world that a new Queen has risen.
Maxima, we at Little Soho salute you!