Dutch Royals Celebrate Prinsjesdag 2015

Today was Prinsjesdag in the Netherlands, the start of a new session of Dutch parliament. King Willem-Alexander, who addressed a joint session of the Dutch Senate and House of Representatives, was joined in The Hague by Queen Máxima, Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien. As per tradition, the women wore 18th century court dress (long gowns and hats). Queen Máxima’s dress had an interestingly royal connection, as it was inspired by the Japanese Room at Palace Huis ten Bosch. Designed by Jan Taminiau, the gown was made of palest sandy pink silk organza and featured flowers and birds that were painted, beaded and embroidered by hand.

The exquisite gown was topped with a coordinating headpiece of embroidered silk flowers that encircled Máxima’s head in a floral wreath. It is a smaller headpiece than Máxima usually wears for Prinsjesdag but the delicate scale and design of the piece perfectly complimented her dress.
Queen Máxima, September 15, 2015 in Jan Taminiau | Royal Hats   Queen Máxima, September 15, 2015 in Jan Taminiau | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima and Princess Laurentien, September 15, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: Both the dress and the headpiece were made by Jan Taminiau 
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

Princess Laurentien wore a Hardies Couture gown with cape sleeves in vibrant green chevron printed Missoni sweater knit balanced by a netural cocktail hat. The hat’s sinamay beret base was covered in a finely woven layer of gold French tulle that made the piece faintly shine and sparkle. The hat was trimmed in two parabuntal straw twists that gave the small hat a wonderful sense of space and movement. It’s a fantastic hat for Laurentien and it provided some much needed grounding to her dress.

Princess Laurentien, September 15, 2015 in Eudia | Royal Hats

Designer: Eudia
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Prinsjesdag usually brings us some memorable fashion and I thought the millinery this year did not disappoint. What are your thoughts, dearest readers, on these two new pieces?

Photos from Getty as indicated; Patrick van Katwijk/dpa, Patrick van Katwijk/dpa, Patrick van Katwijk/dpa, and Rpe/Albert Philip Van Der Werf/dpa via Corbis

20 thoughts on “Dutch Royals Celebrate Prinsjesdag 2015

  1. The queen looks lovely except for those gloves; much too heavy. A simple pair of short white kid would have been more elegant. The princess looks very nice; her hat suits her.

  2. I want everything the Queen is wearing! I want to grab Princess Laurentien’s hat and brooch, but I’ll let her keep the rest!

  3. Queen Máxima’s outing displayed her on top of her fashion style. The dress is elegant, feminine and regal. The accessories look good, though I do agree with what some others have commented about the rather too short gloves. Her head-piece and hairstyle are elegant and classy. Her jewels are beautiful. I would like to see this dress again paired with major jewels, such as the Mellerio Ruby Tiara and the Mellerio Ruby fan. Please see the links.


    In contrast, Princess Laurentien looked like the Jolly Green Giant! Those cape sleeves reminded me of the 1970s, and not in a good way! I don’t like sweater knit fabric on a long gown. The loud shade of green over-powered her fair coloring. Her jewels and her cocktail hat were the only saving grace.

  4. Queen Maxima is so beautiful and this gown is perfect on her. I love her big hats but sometimes a small headpiece is perfect too. She looks stunning. Even the gloves, which seem to bother too many people.

    Princess Laurentien is always a bit of a rogue and I love that about her. I would never have put this hat with this dress, but she makes it work.

  5. Totally in love with the Queen’s look! Her hair piece is obsolutedly gorgeous with her dress. Its a lovely change from her big hats that are sometimes too huge and we end up noticing her hat before her face. Although I do wonder what else can be worn with this hairpiece?

  6. Maxima is amazing – she goes big and carries it off and then suddenly comes over all subtle and pulls it off (which is why I can forgive her for some of the stuff that doesn’t work). Love the dress – its colour, its handwork, its inspiration; LOVE the headpiece; okay with the gloves (is there a reason why she wore gloves and Laurentien didn’t?). But I’m not impressed by her order badge being worn almost out of sight. I wonder why she didn’t pin it to the top left of her bodice? It wouldn’t have looked out of place. And I wonder if she might have looked even better without earrings (heresy, I know). I feel they add clutter to the overall outfit (see previous comment about order badge).

    Laurentien’s hat is lovely and suits her, but I’m not in love with the dress.

  7. Máxima is so, so gorgeous! This dress is phenomenal and the headpiece coordinates perfectly! Definitely reminds me of the black and white ensemble she work with a floral headpiece in 2003/2004 (can’t remember, but one of her earlier Prinsjesdag appearances). I like that the gloves also brought out some of the color of the headpiece. While I am slightly disappointed a big brim hat didn’t come out this year, this is a fantastic alternative.

    I think Laurentien also wowed, if we take it from the waist up. If her dress was more flowy at the bottom like Máxima’s and had a belt, I think she would look perfect. The structured beret is fantastic, and one she should repeat again.

    A bit sad to see the balcony so empty now without Beatrix and Margriet.

  8. The queen’s hat and gown were exceptionally lovely; and I did like the princess’s hat, though her ensemble lacked cohesion. The only thing I didn’t like were the queen’s short, dark gloves, which though matching in color, looked as if they had arrived from another outfit altogether.

  9. What a lovely gown for Maxima. So delicate and elegant. I love it.
    Me too, when I saw the picture, I thought, she cannot possibly be hatless, it must be a discreet headpiece. Discreet but lovely. Her whole look is quite understated in the end, compared to the sea of red she showed last year! 🙂

  10. Maxima’s dress is absolutely stunning. I’m lost for words by how beautiful it is. I thought she’d gone hatless at first, but now can see the headpiece goes all the way round, and it’s perfect too.

    And let me get this straight… Laurentien went for knitwear? Last year it was corduroy. What next? Denim? Gingham? Hmm. Like the hat though.

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