Dutch Queen Opens Bosshardthuis

Queen Máxima opened the Majoor Bosshardthuis (Major Bosshardt House of the Salvation Army) in Amsterdam yesterday. Major Alida Bosshardt was well-known for a life of dedicated service to vulnerable members of society.

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For this visit, Queen Máxima repeated a headpiece of silk flowers in beige-pink and a darker, duskier rose hue studded with beige net veil.

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I’ve never entirely embraced the pairing of this headpiece and coral lace dress and the inclusion of coral flower earrings and pearl trimmed necklace take to well into ‘too much’ territory for me. The dress is beautiful, the jewellery is fun and the headpiece has good potential… but not all together.

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Designer: unknown. Dress by Elie Saab. 
Previously Worn: Oct 11, 2017; Feb 4, 2017

If you were Queen Máxima’s stylist, what would you suggest as a great pairing for this headpiece?

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9 thoughts on “Dutch Queen Opens Bosshardthuis

  1. I like this headpiece a lot, but agree that both the headpiece and the excessive jewelry are a little too frivolous to wear to someplace as staid as the Salvation Army. I liked the look much better in the previous two appearances.

  2. I do like this headpiece, but I think it was worn to better effect on its two previous appearances. But I also can’t think this is a good hat-to-engagement match. To me the hat is inherently a bit frivolous / frothy, perfect for the wedding she originally wore it to, and maybe for some other appearances such as garden parties, not so much for a “serious” royal engagement.

  3. If I had to choose, I would go for simpler jewelry pieces: a single strand pearl necklace (or no necklace at all) and perhaps the earrings from the photo Jimbo shared. Otherwise I like this dress and headpiece pairing; there’s enough difference with the color to give some contrast while still coordinating as they are both in the pink family.

    It’s nice to see Máxima in headpieces at events when she really wouldn’t have to wear them; I think it demonstrates a genuine love of wearing hats.

  4. I agree with everyone. Apart from too much going on, the colour match is off, isn’t it? The greige pink of the headpiece against the coral pink of the jewels – not to mention the clash of realistic versus stylised. It’s a no from me.

  5. A piece of hat-related trivia: the traditional Salvation Army bonnet (as worn in the first picture) was designed to protect the wearer’s head from projectiles. Captain Susannah Beaty was the first Salvation Army officer to die in the line of duty (1889), as a result of internal injuries from mob violence. A bonnet can only do so much.

  6. I agree this look was a lot: too much jewelry; just pearl studs would have been enough. This head piece is beautiful and looked much better last time with the hair parted on the side and the head piece closer to the front of her face. This time with the trench coat, umbrella’s, and jewelry it was OTT.

  7. I agree with Beth: less is more. How about a plain pale ensemble instead, and let the headpiece dance!
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  8. Agree with you, HQ.

    Maxima has been looking very nice in the recent photos I’ve seen because she erred on “less is more.”

    Way too much going on here.

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