Queen Maxima has never been one to play it safe with her style, to unforgettable results. From her show-stopping hat collection to a brightly coloured wardrobe of dresses and suits, the Dutch monarch is always one to watch. So it's no surprise that she pulled out all the stops for a state banquet in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace during her first official visit to the UK with husband King Willem-Alexander – including the sparkling tiara that crowned her look!
The mother of three was a vision at the highly anticipated affair, dazzling in an ombré blue strapless gown with a sheer cape covering her shoulders. The Dutch royal opted to top her outfit off with the beautiful Stuart tiara, which houses the Stuart Diamond. The gem – which Queen Juliana wore on her 1972 state visit to the UK – dates all the way back to 1690, when it was bought by King William III and Queen Mary II. The group posed for an official photograph.
The Argentine-born queen of the Netherlands has had a number of opportunities to draw from her collection of tiaras this year. While visiting Luxembourg in May, Maxima wore the striking Stuart tiara with her golden Jan Taminiau gown. That month she also stunned in the Dutch Diamond Bandeau at Crown Prince Frederik's 50th birthday gala in Denmark, a striking strip of massive diamonds that's simple only in its construction.
New portraits of the 47-year-old marking her husband's fifth year on the throne also saw her frosting herself with a spectacular headpiece - the Dutch Sapphire Tiara, which boasts a central blue stone that's a mind-boggling 44 carats! It was a fitting choice as she also wore the piece at King Willem-Alexander's inauguration in 2013.
Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander are on a two-day visit to the UK, staying at Buckingham Palace for a milestone Dutch trip that hasn't happened since Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus popped over in 1982. The monarch stunned in a mauve suit and matching oversized headband as they spent the morning at a lavish welcoming ceremony and the Dutch High Commissioner's house before heading to lunch with the Queen at Buckingham Palace, where they viewed Dutch pieces from the Royal Collection in the Portrait Gallery. From there, they visited Westminster Abbey and had lunch at Clarence House with Prince Charles and Camilla.