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Old 09-20-2006, 05:02 AM
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Princess Máxima's hairpiece was worn before

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I also thought Maxima looked nice, my only thing was with all the flowers in her hair. As I said earlier, one would have been nicer than however many she had.
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See 1986:
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Old 09-20-2006, 05:27 AM
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Thank you Henri.

So nice to see that pics again... although the headpiece was worn before I believe the smile and shine on Princess Máxima's face make it look somehow a new trend.

I honestly prefer the headpiece to an hat; I don't seem capable of appreciate hats with long dresses; I feel like the hat stops the ensemble look at the neck making the Lady look a shadow of the coulour chosen; the headpiece somehow enlightens the overall look adding a face to it .

That's why I really apreciated Laurentien's choice too, a shade of blue that makes her look fresh, young and light... even laurentienesque (Henri dixit ) I do apreciate her effort to look herself in a more sober way. I would give her an 8 out of 10.

I'm sorry to hear about Princess Margriet but you can be right she has a body language of discomfort on pictures. Let's hope is nothing serious!

Thank you also for your insights on the Queen's words in this occasion; Netherlands here I go .

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Old 09-20-2006, 05:51 AM
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I thought the Queen was sparkling. On TV her gold gown did look like there were numerous little glimmers in the texture, a detail which went totally lost in pictures.

The Queen did fit very well with the modernized Ridderzaal, her colour coming back in the tapestries and the carpets, with this probably linking to the glorious come-back of a medieaval festive Hall.

Princess Máxima was as classy as ever.

Princess Laurentien was as laurentienesque as ever.

Princess Margriet was as boring as ever.

I think posters are forgetting how disastrous the Queen and the Princesses did look in the Seventies, with those strange and ugly coloured kaftans and turban-style 'hats' and the parliamentarians just wearing smelly cheap nylon suits and no lady to be spotted with a hat. Year after year Prinsjesdag is improving. I have liked it very much.

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true, the queen was radiant and looked cheerfull indeed. But the dress was just a horror. It didn´t have any figure in it at all, seemed like a huge bag. But dispite the bag and the silly hat the Queen did look regal.

Laurentiens outfit would have been great if she lost the corset IMO. But of course she has to add some of her characteristic excentricities (as I said before, it starts to tire and annoy me).

I do not think Margriet looks that boring actually. Her style is less extrovert then that of her sister. She usually dresses a bit more discrete but still elegant IMO. Especially the green outfit of last year was great. This one was indeed a bit predictable, but still elegant.

Though I agree the adience was better dressed then in the 70-ties I still would prefer a bit more decorum. Many ladies had the most rediculous creations and some gentlemen were tie-less, wore coloured suits etc.
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Old 09-20-2006, 06:18 AM
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Thank you to all for the pictures.

It's old saying 'Number one can wear wat ever she wants, but if you are number two you have to wear something nice'.

The queen is 'number one' for me, so wat ever she wears, it's OK for me, she doesn't need to prove anything, obviously she consider things (like Ridderzaal ect..) when she chouse the outfit .

Maxima's outfit was her second best Prinsjesdag outfit IMO after the red one (her first prinsjesdag ). I really enjoy to look at her.

I have seen beter (and much worse) days of Laurentien. I think she is stop triying even to look OK, she was so invisible to me.

And i think Margriet have some troubles to standing on the balcony.
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I allow myself to reply without having a degree in the subject “The history of the Prinsjesdag from 1814 till today”. And yes I’m only focussing on the outfits.

Beatrix: Nice idea to choose a costume that reflects the beauty of the Ridderzaal – but does this necessarily has to look like wearing a curtain with the fitting lamp shade? (This is not meant as lèse majesté, it’s just a fashion statement)
Maxima: Nice outfit, I even like the flower – but can’t she find another designer than Edouard Vermeulen from Natan? All this similar outfits of the Benelux royals are becoming boring. And Maxima´s outfit yesterday reminded me of the Natan robe Mathilde has worn in Luxembourg (=same skirt, a belt to mark the waistline + the black and white theme) It’s always the variation of the same look, maybe this guy is overcharged with dressing Maxima, Mathilde, Maria Theresa and Claire individually?
Laurentien: The colour looks fantastic on her, the hat is nice and she does not even look jet-lagged – but you are right there is one piece of clothing missing whilst another piece of clothing is in the wrong place.
Margriet: hmmm, nice colour, don’t like the skirt and the hat could have been bigger

So my conclusion: Willem Alexander was the best dressed person out there. And with the exception of Margriet they all looked like having a jolly good time!
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Queen Beatrix made an appropriately regal entrance when she turned out to give a speech in Holland's government buildings this week. In keeping with long-held tradition, the monarch arrived at the historic Hall of Knights in the centre of The Hague in a golden horse-drawn carriage....
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I'm not sure if anyone notice but Princess Margriet did not look happy on the balcony, she did not wave like she often does and while others around her do but she just looked even not smiled.
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Old 09-20-2006, 11:03 AM
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How is that going to change my opinion? I think it's ridiculous, no matter who is wearing it during no matter what time. I'm not a fan of overly flowery headgear. One flower is fine. Tons of flowers? No.
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Old 09-20-2006, 11:13 AM
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I noticed that, too, when I created a collage of Queen Beatrix Prinsjesdag Hats! It's so nice to see the Dutch royal Ladies wearing those Flower"hats"!

Here is the "Look-back" on Beatrix's Prinjesdag Hats.


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Old 09-20-2006, 11:48 AM
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I'm not sure if anyone notice but Princess Margriet did not look happy on the balcony, she did not wave like she often does and while others around her do but she just looked even not smiled.
Her brother-in-law just died of cancer last week. Perhaps she was still grieving for him or dealing with his death.

Princess Margriet has also had a rough year with hurting her back and the like, so perhaps it's all taking its toll on her now.
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Her brother-in-law just died of cancer last week. Perhaps she was still grieving for him or dealing with his death.

Princess Margriet has also had a rough year with hurting her back and the like, so perhaps it's all taking its toll on her now.
I was thinking the same..
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Old 09-20-2006, 12:12 PM
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Prinsjesdag vs the British State Opening of Parliament

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I noticed that, too, when I created a collage of Queen Beatrix Prinsjesdag Hats! It's so nice to see the Dutch royal Ladies wearing those Flower"hats"!

Here is the "Look-back" on Beatrix's Prinjesdag Hats.


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It is true that Queen Beatrix wearing her full Crown Parure with the awesome diamond rockers, dressed in her royal ermine mantle and the ladies in diademes would probably be more glitzy.

There are two practical things which does not fit in this:
- the event starts around 12.00 o'clock in the morning, etiquette prescribes that diademes are only to be worn at events in the evening;
- this year's Prinsjesdag was a joyful one with a surplus on the Budget and sunny economic developments but it is not handy to propose cuts on wages, allowances and pensions when dressed in the most expensive jewelry.

Another thing is that the Dutch Prinsjesdag looks different every year. The colours of the robes, the hats of the ladies in the Ridderzaal. In the United Kingdom year after year it looks the same: the Queen with the same crown or the same State Diadem and since she no longer is accompanied by members of Her House, it even has become sort of boring indeed because no longer a Diana, Sophie, Anne or Camilla to comment on.

But let us all agree: happy is the nation which cherishes its traditions and keeps it lively. It could have been worse (Denmark, Sweden) or even total absent (Belgium).
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Old 09-20-2006, 01:09 PM
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I had never seen Maxima looking so elegant and regal and love the flowers in her hair!!
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Old 09-20-2006, 01:31 PM
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I loved Maxima's outfit, I thought the jewels, the flower in her hair, the dress, evrything was perfect. Laurentien though, I think the dress would have been better if that corrset was gone. I think she missed again.
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Queen Beatrix always looks so regal but also friendly. Maxima was as usual stunning, the hair beautifully dressed.
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Old 09-20-2006, 05:03 PM
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Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands and prof. mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven were in jacquet (formal civil daywear). A sash is never worn with a jacquet, only with uniform or in 'white tie'. Instead the gentlemen wore a bâton (rosette) in their lapels. Because the ladies were in long daywear (the event was around Noon), they can wear sashes. The Prince of Orange wore an uniform and they wore a sash as well.

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The nassaublue with orange sash of a Knight Grand Cross in the Order of the Netherlands Lion, the hightest civil Order.
HM The Queen
HRH The Prince of Orange
HRH Princess Máxima

The orange sash of a Knight Grand Cross in the House Order of Orange
HRH Princess Laurentien

The bâton of a Knight Grand Cross in the Order of the Netherlands Lion
HRH Prince Constantijn
Prof. mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven

Spouses of 'lower' Princes have the House Order of Orange. For decades Prof. mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven had the same Order as Princess Laurentien. But out of benevolence for his almost 40 years loyal service to the Crown, he was bestowed the highest civil Order too.
Thank you, that was quite interesting!
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Princess Margriet also wore the Knight Grand Cross in the Order of the Netherlands Lion, didn't she?
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I think Crown Princess looked the most stunning. Her outfit and hat was absolutely lovely.

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The picture is gorgeous!

Maxima looks great!

thank you for the info。
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