Princess Charlene's Fashion

Queen Maxima Water Pageant Gown by Jan Taminiau

Still not over the Dutch inauguration, so we shall take a closer look at Queen Maxima's other masterpiece by Jan Taminiau. But before that, can we just take a moment to appreciate the flowers?

Netherlands is known for its amazing flowers, and whoever the florists who did the arrangements for all these ceremonies are, they did a fantastic job!

After the investiture and the reception, it was time for the water pageant, The King and The Queen were accompanied by their daughters while their royal guests were in two other boats.

King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, Catharina-Amalia (Princess of Orange), Princess Alexia, and the winner of the cutest contest, Princess Ariane

The girls kept on their NATAN dresses from the investiture, they only added the NATAN capes on top of them. We knew they would wear the capes (and the dresses) hours before they wore them, but I still don't like the capes, especially because they're brown!

Princess Amalia's dress and cape. ©Natan

For the occasion, The new queen wore a burgundy costum made Jan Taminiau gown, Jan Taminiau shawl, and a UN refugees blanket beige cape. And contrary to other reports, Jan Taminiau confirmed that he designed the shoes too.

The dress is described as a column dress, but I guess you might agree with me that the skirt has a fishtail effect from which the small train is cascading.
The gown also features an off-the-shoulder neckline.

The dress is made of a silk crepe "undertone" layer in nude and a red/burgundy overlay of lace. The lace includes embroidered flowers, sequins and crystals.

Queen Maxima wearing Jan Taminiau gown for the water pageant.

It's sad that there are almost no photos where we can see the whole look on Maxima, but at least we have a photo of the gown!

Reinier RVDA.

As usual opening this kind of photos in a new tab is always a good idea. Since the photo was again too huge to be uploaded I had to resize it for the whole look, and crop some parts (and resize them too) so we can see the details clearly.

Reinier RVDA.

In the upper part of the bodice there is a layer of delicate see through chiffon where the rest of the embroidery is placed, it made the dress seem to be backless, the chiffon continues to make short cap sleeves, it is so delicate that in the live streaming and some photos it looked like Max's arms had embroidery on them.

Reinier RVDA

In my opinion, the train is just enough, and I love that the embroidery on the knee area makes it look so naturally draping!

Max wore her diamond and garnet earrings, the Diamond Fish Net bracelet and another  diamond bracelet that she wears often. Keeping it simple, the Queen of too much wore a Chanel watch leather band instead of a diamond evening watch while diamond stars were pinned beautifully to her hair.

The event was too grand for any royal to be in just a column dress (except Charlene and Letizia, maybe) let alone QUEEN MAXIMA, but it included boarding on boats and walking in tight places so anything fussy would be a great trouble to deal with.

Queen Maxima with diamond stars in her hair

I love the idea that Jan Taminiau who is edgy like Alexander McQueen and has a dramatic sense of fashion like John Galliano made a gown that looked modern, yet regal, looks simple but is actually glamorous in details.
Away from being too much, the dress was so majestic but still she still could hurry up walking when they were running late after stopping to say hi to Armin van Buuren and the orchestra.

Their arrival starts at 4:40, Maxima runs at 8:30.

I think this gown is one of my favorite dresses on Maxima and will remain unforgettable although we have no full photos of her in it (without the blanket).

Jan described the two gowns himself saying that the Daytime is strong, powerful and complementary to what the King was wearing while the evening is softer, fragile, transparent and elegant. Do you agree?

And what do you think of this Jan Taminiau gown?

Professional NB: If you're going to use the photos of the gown, please use the credits Reinier RVDA and not The Royal Couturier.

Photos: Reinier RVDA, Zimbio, NewMyRoyals


  1. I am disappointed with the finish on the Princesses capes it's terrible, they are wrinkled and the stitching is gathered, not a good look from a Couturier. Both Queen Maxima's frocks were beautiful, wonderful colours and suited the occasion perfectly.

    1. I'm glad that someone pointed out to this, good eye!
      I wanted to say it but thought I'd wait if you guys would catch it.

      In the pre-resized photo you could see clearly a thread coming down from the area where the stitching is gathered. you can spot it now if you look closely!

  2. excellent post! compliments as always ..

  3. I also saw the horrible capes, the color was all wrong and wrinkle on the hem made them look cheap. They also looked way to big for the little girls, what was he thinking. Queen Max, oh I love that she is now a Queen, looked so darn beautiful and gorgeous and regal and stunning and just incredible. I love the gown that she wore for the boat show, that is my favorite because I love lace and the color was great on her and the design of the lace and the style looked fabulous on her.

  4. Thanks for the lovely pictures and all the details! Queen Maxima's gowns are both exquisitely beautiful. The "capes" however, are hideous.

  5. Here's a full body picture of this lovely dress. The photo quality is not great, though:

    1. I think the "boat" gown is really stunning, the shape, design and workmanship. However I do not like the colour, I find it harsh.I would have liked to see Max in a warmer colour, they suit her far better I think.
      Her hair was soft and pretty, a contrast to the rest of the day, very flattering and with diamond stars...sigh!

  6. The watch Maxima is wearing is not a Chanel but a Cartier. The strap is silk grosgrain, not leather.
    Nice page!
    Carl Ermano


    Here on this site are some photo's of Maxima in the dress!

    1. I have no problem of the blogger using the pic -which aren't mine I just cropped them- but I really hope she'd respect the owner's right when he asked us to use the credits he wants!

  8. Such a beautiful video and all pictures. Over all blog is awesome. Thank you so much for made it.

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  9. My friends couldn't believe the price I paid for the amount of expensive French lace that was on my dress! I love it and am so excited to walk down the aisle in a couple weeks!