Queen Maxima radiated beauty in Valentino wedding gown – but day was tainted with sadness

Queen Maxima wowed on her wedding day

Queen Maxima wowed on her wedding day (Image: GETTY)

tied the knot with the King of the Netherlands, then-Prince Willem-Alexander on February 2, 2002. The Argentinian beauty looked stunning in a Valentino dress.

The Queen of The Netherland’s stunning wedding dress was also surprisingly similar to that of Meghan Markle’s, due to the three-quarter sleeves.

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The bride wore a beautiful gown by Valentino. The dress was made of ivory mikado silk that accompanied a cowl neckline and three-quarter sleeves.

Maxima and then-Queen Beatrix had been spotted visiting Valentino’s atelier in Rome, prompting the Dutch press to speculate on the identity of her wedding dress designer.

“His wedding and evening clothes are super feminine, sexy, worldly, opulent, punky, but chic enough not to be nouveau riche,” the publication “de Volkskrant” wrote about Valentino’s designs.

Queen Maxima radiated beauty in her Valentino gown

Queen Maxima radiated beauty in her Valentino gown (Image: GETTY)

Queen Maxima's wedding day was tainted by sadness

Queen Maxima’s wedding day was tainted by sadness (Image: GETTY)

“If it [is indeed] Valentino, the Netherlands will finally have a real fairy tale Princess. Even if it is only for one day,” they continued.

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The civil wedding ceremony took place at Beurs van Berlage, where she and Willem-Alexander were married by the Mayor of Amsterdam.

Later on in the day, Maxima’s religious ceremony occurred at the Nieuwe Kerk.

The simple design consisted of a cowl neckline, and three-quarter-length sleeves, capped off by a five-metre-long train.


The skirt of Maxima’s dress had been inset with panels of embroidered lace and flared out from the sides from an empire-line bodice.

The former banker topped off her look with the Dutch Pearl Button tiara and a hand-embroidered lace veil.

The history of the tiara reportedly dates back to Queen Sophie, wife of King Willem III, in the 1800s.

Five pearl buttons are routinely worn atop the diamond base, with Queen Juliana, Queen Beatrix and Princess Margriet all making regular use of the tiara.

Queen Maxima wore a similar dress to Meghan Markle

Queen Maxima wore a similar dress to Meghan Markle (Image: GETTY)

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Queen Beatrix even wore this tiara on her investiture day in 1980.

When Maxima wore the tiara on her wedding day, she swapped out the five pearl buttons for five diamond stars traditionally used as brooches or hair ornaments.

Maxima’s veil was made of point d’esprit silk tulle and hand-embroidered with flower and tendril motifs. Her bouquet consisted of white roses, gardenia, lily of the valley, and greens.

However, Maxima’s big day was tainted with sadness due to some family drama. 

Maxima’s father, Jorge Horacio Zorreguieta, was banned from attending the wedding due to the fact that he was a member of the Argentine junta, a ruthless dictatorship led by former Argentine President Videla from 1976 to 1983.

Having been a leading official in several agricultural bodies from 1961, Mr Zorreguieta was named vice undersecretary of agriculture in the 1976 military junta.

The brutal Videla regime, which saw between 10,000 and 30,000 people disappear, with the majority of them rumoured to have been kidnapped and killed, meant Mr Zorreguieta was unwelcome at the Dutch royal wedding, despite Mr Zorreguieta declaring he had no knowledge of the terrors the government was committing.

Although his wife, María del Cármen Cerruti Carricart, was granted permission to attend Maxima’s wedding, she chose to stick by his side rather than attend her daughter’s big day.

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