On Tuesday, the Dutch celebrated the coronation of a new king and queen of the Netherlands, King Willem-Alexander and his wife, Queen Maxima.
With her fashion choices for the events in Amsterdam leading up to the coronation, which included the signing of the abdication of Willem's mother, Queen Beatrix, earlier in the day, and a state dinner on Monday night, the statuesque blond royal Maxima, 41, proved what many in Europe already know: She is a fashion force to be reckoned with on the world stage.
A native of Argentina who worked as an investment banker in New York City before meeting Willem, Maxima seems to have a flamboyant, dare we say maximalist, style.
On Monday night, she wore a red-tiered Valentino gown that hinted at flamenco, while on Tuesday during the abdication ceremony, she chose a pale pink satin gown with an enormous bow on the shoulder by designer Edouard Vermeulen of Belgian couture house Natan. Dressing her three young daughters in matching spring yellow dresses and floral headbands was a charming touch (very Jackie O and Michelle O) and looked especially nice when the family gathered on the flower-bedecked balcony of the Royal Palace to wave to well-wishers.