Wednesday 19 June 2019

Dutch Queen Máxima dons historic emerald tiara for state dinner at Áras an Uachtaráin

King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands during an official state banquet offered by President Michael Higgins of Ireland and his wife Sabrina Higgins at the Presidential Palace during day one of a three-day State visit to Ireland by the Dutch royals on June 12, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)
King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands during an official state banquet offered by President Michael Higgins of Ireland and his wife Sabrina Higgins at the Presidential Palace during day one of a three-day State visit to Ireland by the Dutch royals on June 12, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)
King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands during an official state banquet offered by President Michael Higgins of Ireland and his wife Sabrina Higgins at the Presidential Palace during day one of a three-day State visit to Ireland by the Dutch royals on June 12, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)
Queen Maxima of The Netherlands during an official state banquet offered by President Michael Higgins of Ireland and his wife Sabrina Higgins at the Presidential Palace during day one of a three-day State visit to Ireland by the Dutch royals on June 12, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Dutch Queen Máxima opted for head-to-toe green in a bid to practice fashion diplomacy during her three-day state visit to Ireland.

The 48-year-old and husband King Willem-Alexander arrived in Dublin on Thursday afternoon for a busy day in the capital, culminating in one exquisite appearance for a state dinner at Áras an Uachtaráin with President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina. Máxima understands the importance of representing her country's designers while also paying suitable homage to the area she's visiting as she attempted with the emerald hue from last night.

She wore one of her preferred designers Jan Taminiau and chose jewels from the Dutch royal family vault in the form of the Emerald Parure Tiara, which dates back to 1899 and remains one of the most popular tiara templates with them for more than 100 years. It was made at the behest of Queen Emma, who gifted it to her daughter Queen Wilhelmina and remained in the family for generations.

She finished off her accessories with a pair of earrings made by reducing the tiara's original six emerald settings to four, and a breathtaking emerald and diamond necklace. Máxima famously prefers historical tiaras during state visits abroad and while she tends to alternate between a relatively small number of pieces, her choices spark a frenzy with fashion followers online, keen to track down every detail.

Queen Maxima of The Netherlands during an official state banquet offered by President Michael Higgins of Ireland and his wife Sabrina Higgins at the Presidential Palace during day one of a three-day State visit to Ireland by the Dutch royals on June 12, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)
Queen Maxima of The Netherlands during an official state banquet offered by President Michael Higgins of Ireland and his wife Sabrina Higgins at the Presidential Palace during day one of a three-day State visit to Ireland by the Dutch royals on June 12, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)

Earlier in the day, Máxima chose a forest green ensemble, custom made by Dutch-Danish designer Claes Iversen, to kickstart the royal trip.

The couture line takes inspiration from raw industrial materials and different cultural elements, with this piece in particular paying homage to African tribal wear. The dress features a multi-bracelet sleeve detail and gold metal belt.

To soften the look, she chose a delicate hatband and a pair of gold stilettos.

This marks the couple's first trip to Ireland during their six-year reign and they will return to The Netherlands on Friday.

King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands during an official state banquet offered by President Michael Higgins of Ireland and his wife Sabrina Higgins at the Presidential Palace during day one of a three-day State visit to Ireland by the Dutch royals on June 12, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)
King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands during an official state banquet offered by President Michael Higgins of Ireland and his wife Sabrina Higgins at the Presidential Palace during day one of a three-day State visit to Ireland by the Dutch royals on June 12, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)

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