What better place to take a fashion risk than in the capital of fashion?
Queen Méxima of the Netherlands turned heads on Thursday when she greeted French President Francois Hollande in Paris while wearing a very nontraditional (for a royal) look – a structured pink and beige coat featuring lace details, beading and large pockets. The 44-year-old consort topped off the look with a large tan straw hat (one of her favorite headwear options), tan leather gloves and matching suede pumps.
Méxima’s husband, King Willem-Alexander, went for a more traditional look in a navy blue suit and light blue tie.
The Dutch royal couple arrived in France on Thursday in the hopes of deepening the cultural ties between the two countries. After laying a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arc de Triomphe, the pair traveled to the Louvre to view Rembrandt’s wedding portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit, which were purchased jointly by the Dutch and French governments in 2015 for $176 million. The paintings are now alternately displayed at the Louvre in Paris and at the Riksmuseum in Amsterdam.
The unconventional look on Thursday is just another sign that Méxima is not your average royal. Unlike other European consorts, she holds a job outside of her royal duties, working for the United Nations as the Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (or as it’s more simply known, UNSGSA).
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“It’s more than a full time job,” she said in an interview with Elsevier in September of her UN position. “But I have my duties in the Netherlands and I am also mommy to my girls. I hold telephone meetings when the children have gone to bed. And I give speeches via video links so I don’t have to fly.”