Royal Wedding Gowns – The Dutch Aesthetic

Welcome our Royal Wedding Gown series, where we look at royal gowns from a different perspective. Today, let’s discuss some of the common elements that make up the Dutch aesthetic. We talked about Queen Maxima’s wedding gown at length here, and Princess Irene’s dress here, so we won’t be including them in the post today.

Previous entries in this series can be found in the Recurring Feature section, Weddings, found under “Find that Post!” in the header bar.

Bride: Princess Beatrix
Designer: Caroline Bergé-Farwick of Maison Linette

I’ve never doubted that Princess Beatrix is a strong character with decided opinions, and it was said that when she was engaged to Claus von Amsberg in 1966, she insisted on a lot of input into the design of her wedding gown. The resulting dress had a relatively simple silhouette, with a high neckline and 3/4 length three-quarter sleeves. On the skirt, the defining feature is the split over-skirt that extends from the waist and forms the train that flows behind for several meters. The fabric sports a swirled pattern over the skirt and train.

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From the neck up, Beatrix is all impact. She wears the large version of the Württemberg Tiara, the trademark beehive, and massive fluffy tulle. In fact, when I think of this wedding, the tulle is what I remember. It is definitely a look not to be missed or forgotten.

Bride: Laurentien Brinkhorst
Designer: Edouard Vermeulen of NATAN

Laurentien married the youngest son of Queen Beatrix, Prince Constantijn, in 2001. Yes, there are a lot of Natan elements here, but the dress and the wearer triumph over them. The silhouette appears simple at first, but there is a lot of design going on. The bodice features a bateau neckline, which drops to a deep v in the back. The sleeves open up to a bell effect. The skirt, much like her mother-in-law’s, sports a slim under-skirt with a split skirt over it, flowing into a long train.

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Laurentien wore the Laurel Wreath tiara, which, again like her mother-in-law, secured an explosion of fluffy tulle.

Bride: Annette Sekrève
Designer: Frans Molenaar

Annette Sekrève married Prince Bernhard of Orange-Nassau, the son of Princess Margriet and Pieter van Vollenhoven, in 2000. Her gown, like many of the other Dutch gowns, sported no beading or lace, but instead featured a lot of fabric. The coat dress had a scoop neck with a collared neckline, and was secured with buttons down the front. The coat split over a slim under-skirt, and led into the train that flowed behind.

The Ears of Wheat tiara, also worn by the other daughters-in-law of Margriet and Pieter, is almost indistinguishable under, you guessed it, lots of fluffy tulle.

To see more of the Dutch aesthetic (Lots of tulle! Simple silhouettes!) look back at these gowns:

Princess Margriet
Princess Marilene
Princess Aimee
Princess Anita

Which bride does the Dutch Bridal look best?
Belgium · Denmark · Netherlands

Random Royaling – The M Team

We have the A Team, so why not the M team? Mary, Mathilde, Marie and Max come on down!

Mary made an appearance at the Magasin Du Nord Foundations Fashion prize, along with a lovely lady that the internet tells me is Baroness Nina Wedel-Wedellsborg. The duo presented an award to Veronica DSouza, CEO at the young fashion company, Carcel. Mary’s jacket is from YDE and many of you will be happy to see her Valentino Rockstud pumps. I am always happy to see fashion Mary, myself.

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Mathilde visited the Ter Duinen Hotel School and met with second year hotel-food course students, who are often involved in activities at the Royal Palace. The fearless Queen tried her hand at some cake decorating dessert piping, it seems. That tiny maple leaf brooch is by Christine Bekaert ; ), per Modekoningin Mathilde.

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⁣ ⁣ Bezoek aan de Hotelschool Ter Duinen in Koksijde. Tijdens het bezoek komt de opleiding hotel-voeding (2de jaar) aan bod en is er een ontmoeting met de studenten service uit de opleiding Restaurant en Keuken (5de jaar). Vervolgens is er een bezoek aan Keuken en Restaurant (volwassenonderwijs). Het bezoek wordt afgesloten met een lunch in het restaurant De Mijn, verzorgd door chef Vanbockryck en zijn leerlingen. De verschillende hotelscholen in ons land worden regelmatig ingeschakeld tijdens activiteiten in het Koninklijk Paleis en in het Kasteel van Laken. Deze traditie gaat reeds lang terug en is voor de scholen en hun leerlingen een ideale leeroefening.⁣ —————⁣ Visite de l'école hôtelière Ter Duinen à Koksijde. La filière hôtel-alimentation (2ème année) ainsi qu’une rencontre avec les étudiants des formations service restaurant et cuisine (5ème année) sont à l’agenda, tout comme une visite de la cuisine et du restaurant (enseignement adulte). Un lunch au restaurant De Mijn préparé par le chef Vanbockryck et ses étudiants clôture la visite. Les différentes écoles hôtelières de notre pays sont régulièrement impliquées lors d'activités au Palais Royal et au Château de Laeken. Cette tradition remonte à longtemps et constitue un exercice d'apprentissage idéal pour les écoles et leurs élèves.⁣ —————⁣ Visit to the Ter Duinen Hotel School in Koksijde. Meetings with the hotel-food course (2nd year) and with the student service from the Restaurant and Kitchen course (5th year). Then there is a visit to Kitchen and Restaurant (adult education). A lunch at the De Mijn restaurant prepared by Chef Vanbockryck and his students ends the visit. The various hotel schools in our country are regularly involved in activities at the Royal Palace and in the Castle of Laeken. This tradition goes back a long way and is an ideal learning experience for schools and their students.⁣ ⁣ @terduinen @friekedelobelle @lucashovaque @reinvanbockrijck @seppe.nobels #school #ecole #education #Coxyde #Koksijde #BelgianRoyalPalace #MonarchieBe⁣ ⁣ 📸 Belga

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Marie is promoting her book on food waste, a cause near to her heart. “Food with Respect – a cookbook that reduces food waste” was recently published, and I wish there were an English version. Marie is utterly charming here; it’s the first time I have heard her speak. Princess Marie’s Closet has been following the book release closely. The crepe, asymmetrical dress is by Maje.

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H.K.H. Prinsesse Marie har sammen med en række madildsjæle og kokke været bidragsyder til kogebogen ”Mad med respekt – En familiekogebog, der mindsker madspild”, som indeholder 80 madspildsopskrifter. Præsentationen af bogen fandt sted i dag hos forlaget Gyldendal i København, og ved boglanceringen holdt Hendes Kongelige Højhed tale. I Danmark bliver over 700.000 tons god og spiselig mad årligt smidt ud. De største syndere er husholdninger, og hver dansker smider i gennemsnit 43,7 kilo spiselig mad ud om året. Det er især børnefamilier, der har den største udfordring med at få brugt maden op. Den nye kogebog har til formål at få familierne til at få større respekt for mad og hjælpe danskere med at genbruge rester, spare penge og tid i køkkenet samt tænke på miljøet. 🎥 Stop Spild Af Mad/Lars H. Laursen ©

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Max decided to bring up the rear in a quiet, understated color. This is financial Max, at a Pension 3 Day conference, and I believe this is third time we’ve seen this blouse, in as many colors. I have not seen the suit before because believe me I would have remembered it.

Give a hand to the hardworking M Team folks!


Random Royaling – Prince Bernhard Culture Foundation Award

I didn’t realize how much I missed seeing these two together until I saw these two together.

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Queen Maxima and Princess Beatrix, Max and Oma to us, stepped out at the award ceremony of the Prince Bernhard Culture Foundation. The award was presented to the Dutch Mill Foundation, which works to preserve and maintain windmills and watermills.

Oma was sparkling and lively in blue – particularly inside when the shawl was jettisoned, and Max opted for sparkle blergh of unknown design origins. Max accessorized with a huge smile for her mother-in-law, and some snazzy Gianvito Rossi shoes.

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Glad to see the Dutch Duo once again?


Random Royaling – Red-Clad Royals and Gorgeous Guests (Updated with Cape Action!)

The Polish President, Andrzej Duda, and his wife, Agata Kornhauser-Duda, made an official visit to the Netherlands and stopped by to see their old friends, the Queen and King. Max wore this red coat with the interesting neckline by Natan. Let’s hope the comfort and warmth levels were off the charts good, because the fabric bulk distribution on this number doesn’t photograph well. However, Agata? Excellent wrap coat. It helps to be tall and slim when sporting that style, but she does it well.

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Max must have some fondness for the coat, because she wore it indoors, as well. I do want to focus on Agata here, because that is how to do a classic suit. Somewhere Priness Benedikte is doing a golf clap, recognizing a fellow suit superstar.

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Max redeemed herself at the launch of “Nederlandse Schuldhulproute”, a public partnership between private corporations and the Dutch Banking Association. The organizations aims to prevent of problematic debt accumulation. Max owns this Natan ensemble in three colors, and it seems to have been determined that this one is navy. A great working ensemble.

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Maxima sashayed into the Prix de Rome Visual Art Ceremonies wearing Claes Iverson lace and a cape that has our OC swooning – click through the Instagram post for the cape. Cape and a slice hat – vintage Max.

I know you guys like, or at least tolerate, the Doodles around here. If you’re on Twitter, check out Linda Zoon and some of her illustrations of Max’s ensembles. She’s my new obsession!

I think Financial Max beat Queen Max this time around, right? Agata can’t be beat at all.

Denmark · Netherlands

Random Royaling – Colors in the Fall

A couple of members of the M is for “Mercy that’s an outfit” royal brigade were out yesterday.

I think we need to discuss this royal lady pants situation Max has presented to us.

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This is a red carpet look for sure. WAX and MAX were photographed at the screening of the film ‘Galapagos’. Max is sporting a dramatic velvet shirt with a shoulder throw, waterfall sparkly earrings, and some unforgettable royal lady pants. As of our print time, the designer has not been identified but we are open to guesses.

Late addition: see Triple A’s comment below for interesting intel on her bracelet! Thanks Triple A!

Mary, on the other hand, has focused her drama on her coat and shirt. She appeared at the annual Christmas Seals reveal wearing a floral print shirt by Roksanda, and a grey coat with wide lapels, by Massimo Dutti. Also, the third leather skirt sighting on a royal lady in as many weeks – we have Letizia, Meghan and now Mary. Who next? Benedikte ; )?

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What are you thoughts on the flash of drama from our Queens?