Queen Máxima of the Netherlands dons traditional clothes on Pakistan tour

By Ainhoa Barcelona

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands took a break from her usual oversized hats and brightly coloured dresses for her first day of engagements while on a three-day tour to Pakistan. On Tuesday (Feb. 9), the Dutch beauty and United Nations secretary-general's special advocate for inclusive finance for development fit right in wearing an elegant traditional ensemble.

Shortly after touching down at Islamabad airport, the royal headed straight to her first meeting with the State Bank of Pakistan.


Queen Máxima is on a three-day visit to Pakistan.

Changing out of her travelling clothes, Máxima gave a nod to her host country and opted for more traditional wear for her meeting.

King Willem-Alexander's wife looked elegantly chic in her chocolate-brown silk blouse, elaborately patterned skirt and matching shawl. Always one to accessorize, she added a pop of colour to her look with turquoise oval drop earrings.

The royal is promoting financial access for all in her UN role.

The focus of her trip is to promote financial access for all, and Máxima's visit comes after Pakistan launched its national financial inclusion strategy last year. Her meeting was to discuss how banks are making financial services accessible to more people, and is just one of the similar engagements Máxima will carry out during her visit.

The 44-year-old queen, who has never visited the South Asian country, will attend round-table discussions, meet with the World Bank Group and be introduced to the Benazir Income Support Program. The latter gives financial support to women through digital bank accounts, increasing their independence.

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