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Old 09-20-2005, 03:40 PM
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Old 09-20-2005, 03:43 PM
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I think the ladies looked very nice. Laurentien's dress was a pleasant surprise. I thought it looked like Queen Beatrix might have raided the Duchess of Cornwall's supply of hats, another big, feathery creation.
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Old 09-20-2005, 03:51 PM
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Thank you everybody for the pictures of today's Prinsjesdag.

I have read some harsh comments and criticisms of the Queen's attire today (not on this forum but other forums) and I am quite surprised by them. I personally think that this is one of the Queen's best Prinsjesdag outfits to date. The style is rather different for the Queen whom I find often dresses in "paper bag" outfits -- long jackets or dresses that give her a non-shape of a rectangular outfit that hangs from her shoulders straight down. This dress is much more form fitting (without being unflattering) on the Queen's body and is in a wonderful shape and colour and still quite grand for the occasion.

Maxima look great in the orange.

Laurentien's outfit was terrible in my opinon. Particularly the hat which made me think of Marilene's terrible hat that she wore to the Queen's Day festivities earlier this year as well as to the civil wedding of Pieter-Christiaan and Anita. Both hats remind me of flying saucers or TV saucers to attract signals.

Margriet was elegant as always -- though I didn't care for her hat too much.
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Old 09-20-2005, 05:40 PM
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Yes, thanks everyone for the pictures and the translation of the speech. I liked most of the gowns (except of course for Laurentien's - it's a good thing that she seems to be such a lovely person, otherwise it would be really difficult to deal with her outfits). I liked the muted colours that Beatrix, Maxima & Margriet wore and especially loved Maxima's burnt orange gown. And I agree with Alexandria, that this is one of the Queen's nicest Prinsjesdag outfits.

Royal Press Europe also has some pictures up:
http://www.royalpress.nl/20050920.html
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Old 09-20-2005, 06:17 PM
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Can someone translate what "princejesdag" means?
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Old 09-20-2005, 06:49 PM
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Can someone translate what "princejesdag" means?
'Prinsjesdag' means the 'Day of the (little) princes'.
As a matter of fact I don't know exactly why it is called this way.
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Old 09-20-2005, 08:28 PM
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To answer a question earlier about Princess Laurentian- she is according to the Dutch Royal Web site, a princess by courtesy of her marriage to Prince Constantijn. She is NOT a princess in her own right as Princess Maxima is and was created as such upon her own marriage to Willem-Alexander in 2002. I hope that will clear up some confusion. Princess Mabel is a princess as well by courtesy of her marriage to Prince Friso. You can say the same for the 4 daughters-in-law of Princess Margriet as they are all Princesses by virtue of their marriages to their husbands, who happen to be princes.
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I thought Princess Maxima also only became a princess (like the other princesses mentioned) because of her marriage to CP W-A. It's the first time I ever heard that she herself would have been one in her own right as you say there linda85... :)

Was Maxima already a princess before marrying CP W-A?:)
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The whole idea of "in her own right" doesn't mean she was royalty independent of her husband before her marriage. It is just a higher designation. She is a princess "in her own right" simply because she is married to W-A and Queen Beatrix was kind enough to designate Maxima for that title of honor.
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Old 09-21-2005, 02:42 AM
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I believe 'Prinsjesdag' was named so after the birthday of Stadtholder Willem V- Batavus. That was said on television yesterday, although they did not give the connection to the opening of parlament.

I iked the Queens outfit very much, the cape gives it a very royal look and especially in the light the colours look very nice. I also liked the aquamarine brooch & pendants of her earrings as they were from a set given to the then CP Juliana. Appropriate as the Queen referred to her mother during her speech (which I thought remarkable).
I agree with Alexandria, Margriet always dresses elegantly but the hat is not that special, not ugly either. I love the pearl earrings!
Maxima looked nice, the colour of her dress, 2 shades of orange, is original and I like it. I do not care to much for the hat, and especially for the hair coming underneath it. The brooch was nice, worn previously by Laurentien on 02-02-02, I wonder where it comes from though.

And then Laurentien... on television I actually liked the outfit. The lines seemed elegant (she has a very good figure) and the sun could shine through the sleeves and hat, which looked fairytale-like on the balcony. The earrings were well coordinated wit the dress and as far as I can recall last worn by the Queen during her 60th birthdayparty as Dam Palace.
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Does anyone know who wrote the Queen's speech or who her official speech writer is?
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I really liked Maxima's outfit - the lovely floaty skirt with the fairly severely-cut jacket. Flattering hat (and not too big). Great jewellry. I like her hair peaking out like that. I really like the color, but I think it makes her complexion look a little orange - I think I'd like it better if her summer tan had faded.

Laurentien: she has a great figure, but I find her dress choices unflattering. Avant garde is one thing, and good for her wanting to break out of "suitable" choices - but her clothes are just strange and often unflattering. I also dislike her makeup - it looks so heavy and unnatural; also really dislike the lipstick shades she usually picks.

The Queen: Not one of my favorite outfits, but I don't really care. She always seems so comfortable with her clothes, and that confidence is enough for me.
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Old 09-21-2005, 10:21 AM
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I really dont like Maxima's outfit at all, I think
its the colour that puts me off ........its just so orange , hat ,whole out fit same colour!...............not nice , but do like the floaty skirt!
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I tell you...every time I try to Laurentien the benefit of the doubt about her clothes..she wears some crazy outfit!
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Old 09-21-2005, 10:44 AM
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I dont know what any of them where thinking of when they picked out there clothes for that day!!! the only one that did look ok was the queen.
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I dont know what any of them where thinking of when they picked out there clothes for that day!!! the only one that did look ok was the queen.
...apart from that unspeakable object on her head.
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Thanks for the pictures. I was wondering do the Dutch Royals have fashion advisors on what to wear ? Sorry I find their dressing a bit odd. I like the Queen's dress though minus the hat.
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arrr!! yes ............the hat... , least said about that the better
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the hat is pretty typical beatrix. its not worse than many other she's worn.
I kinda like it.

Its her outfit...I dont like the way she has so much fabric on her frame and then a bare neck. its kind of incongruous. she should have worn some kind of necklace. that would have made the whole thing more symmetrical.

its often a problem in people's outfits that they try to pull off multiple looks at once. you can only have one look per outfit!
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