Netherlands if known for its amazing flowers, and whoever the florists who did the arrangements for all these ceremonies are, they did a great job!
After the investiture and the reception, it was time for the water pageant, The King and The Queen were accompanied by their daughters while their royal guests were in two other boats.
King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, Catharina-Amalia (Princess of Orange), Princess Alexia, and the winner of the cutest contest, Princess Ariane
The girls kept on their NATAN dresses from the investiture, they added only the NATAN capes on top of them. We knew they would wear the capes (and the dresses) before they wore them, but I still don't like the capes, especially that they're brown!
Princess Amalia's dress and cape. ©Natan
For the occasion, The new queen wore a burgundy costum made Jan Taminiau gown, Jan Taminiau shawl, and a
The dress is described by Jan Taminiau as a column dress, but I guess you may agree with me that skirt has a fishtail effect from which the small train is cascading.
The gown feature an off-the-shoulder neckline.
The dress is made of a silk crepe "undertone" layer in nude and a red/burgundy overlay of lace. The lace includes embroidered flowers, sequins and crystals.
It's sad that there are almost no photos where we can see the whole look, but at least we have a photo of the gown!
As usual opening this kind of photos in a new tab is always a good idea. Since the photo was again too huge to be uploaded I have to resize it for the whole look, and cropped some parts (and resized them too) so we can see the details clearly.
In the upper part of the bodice there is a layer of delicate see through chiffon where the rest of the embroidery is placed, it made the dress seem to be backless, the chiffon continues to the short cap sleeves, it is delicate that in the live streaming and some photos made it look like Max's arms had embroidery on them.
In my opinion, the train is just enough, and I love the embroidery makes it look so naturally draping!
Max wore her diamond and garnet earrings, the Diamond Fish Net bracelet and another diamond bracelet that she wears often. Keeping it simple, the Queen of too much wore a Chanel watch leather band instead of a diamond evening watch while diamond stars were pinned to her hair.
The event was too grand for any royal to be in just a column dress (except Charlene and Letizia, maybe) let alone MAXIMA, yet it included boarding on boats and walking in tight places so anything fussy would be a great trouble to deal with.
Queen Maxima with diamond stars in her hair
I love the idea that Jan Taminiau who is edgy like Alexander McQueen and has a dramatic sense of fashion like John Galliano made a gown that looked modern, yet regal, looks simple but glamorous.
Away from being too much, the dress was so majestic but still she still could hurry up walking when they were running late after stopping to say hi to Armin van Buuren and the orchestra.
Their arrival starts at 4:40, Maxima runs at 8:30.
I think this dress is one of my favorite dresses on Maxima and will remain unforgettable although we have no full photos of her in it (without the blanket).
Jan described the two gown himself saying that the Daytime is strong, powerful and complementary to what the King wearing while the evening is softer, fragile, transparent and elegant. Do you agree?
And what do you think of this Jan Taminiau gown?
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Photos: Reinier RVDA, Zimbio, NewMyRoyals