Two years later, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands looked
equally as beautiful in her royal blue custom-made gown she wore for the
investiture of her husband
King Willem-Alexander in April 2013. This time, she
wore the gown by Dutch designer Jan Taminiau to a state banquet in Denmark on
Queen Maxima made an entrance on the arm of Prince Henrik Photo: Rex
Queen Margrethe and Maxima kicked off the festivities with a toast Photo: Rex
Once again, she chose to accessorize her gown with the
striking sapphire tiara that had been given to her by her mother-in-law
Princess Beatrix. The tiara was made by Parisian jeweler Mellerio and has an
impressive 655 diamonds set in platinum with 33 Kashmir sapphires that are
situated along the bottom of the diadem.
In April 2013, Maxima wore the same royal blue gown to King Willem-Alexander's inauguration Photo: Getty Images
The Dutch royals were in good spirits as they joined Denmark’s
Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen.
Also in attendance were
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary in a
stunning long white gown. Frederik’s younger brother
Prince Joachim and
Princess Marie, who chose a light blue dress with a peplum bodice, toasted with the others before the party got underway.
Crown Princess Mary made her way into the banquet with husband Crown Prince Frederik Photo: Rex
Princess Marie stunned in a peplum gown Photo: Rex
Maxima and Willem-Alexander’s friendship with Mary and
Frederik goes back some time. The Crown Princess was seen giving Maxima a
welcoming embrace as soon as she stepped off the plane earlier on Tuesday. Maxima and her husband also enjoyed a lunch with the Danish
Helle Thorning-Schmidt at the Palace and then attended a
conference at Aalborg University before getting decked for Tuesday evening’s
banquet. The purpose of the trip is so the Dutch royals can “strengthen
the already excellent relations between Denmark and the Netherlands,” with an
aim to reinforce the two countries’ existing economic and social cooperation.
Looking equally stylish, Princess Mary and Queen Maxima visited a school on Wednesday Photo: Getty Images
The ladies certainly strengthened their status as fashionable royals as well!