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Queen Máxima, then Máxima Zorreguieta, chose royal wedding gown veteran Valentino for her gown. The result was a couture creation in luxurious ivory silk Mikado with a high cowl neck, three-quarter length sleeves, and a flared skirt. The skirt had panels of lace on the sides and extended back into a five meter train. Valentino also created the lace veil, which is magnificent enough to compete with some of the heirloom lace veils used by other monarchies.
Video: See also our full video recap of the wedding here.I've always loved this dress because it is, to me, a truly royal affair. What I mean is that this ensemble has such a grand scale to it, it belongs in a massive cathedral for a televised wedding ceremony, and I can't imagine it - and don't want to imagine it - in any other situation. As I said when this dress took the number three spot on your list of favorite royal wedding gowns, sometimes that's exactly the charm of a royal wedding gown.