Diamonds, dresses and bouffants: Maxima from the Netherlands is the queen of chic during her tour of Greece

What is the recipe for the perfect modern royal look? For the Princess of Wales, these are coat dresses and marvelous millinery; for Crown Princess Victoria of Denmark, it’s ultra-chic couture and twin sets; and for Queen Letizia of Spain, it’s sophisticated cuts in bold red hues.

However, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands gave them a hard time during her three-day royal tour of Greece.

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands at the Acropolis of Athens

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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands at the Acropolis of Athens

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It all started on Monday, October 31, but there was nothing scary about Maxima’s elegant arrival. While visiting the Acropolis in Athens, Maxima turned to Greek designers Zeus & Dione for a sculptural column dress in burnt orange and beige, paired with a Sophie Habsburg clutch, Gianvito Rossi pumps, a veiled pillbox and eyeglasses. oversized sunglasses. Standing against the breathtaking backdrop of the 5th century BC monument, the Dutch queen accomplished quite a feat; being the main attraction of a marvel of ancient history.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands at the State Banquet

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That evening, the Queen arrived at the Greek presidential palace for a state banquet hosted by President Katerina Sakellaropoulou. For the occasion, Maxima embraced full-throttle royal grandeur in a lace and velvet maxi dress, complete with diamonds. The stunning high-necked gown came from Costarellos – another nod to Greek designers – and as far as jewelry goes, the monarch chose to don the Mellerio Ruby Parure tiara with a coordinating brooch from the parure (which includes also a fan-encrusted ruby, first commissioned for Queen Emma of the Netherlands in 1888).

Sarah C. Figueiredo