Thursday, 18 February 2021

Queen Máxima Wows in Red for Primary School Visit

Queen Máxima was delighted to pay an in-person visit to elementary school Sabina of Egmond in Oud-Beijerland today. The second lockdown for pupils in the Netherlands began before Christmas and has had a significant impact on children and families. The school was strictly open for vulnerable children or those with parents working in the emergency services. Primary schools were thrilled to reopen their doors ten days ago. Máxima was eager to meet children and teachers to hear about their experiences so far.

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Vorsten reports Máxima told the children, "It is nice to be able to make a visit, to be somewhere physically again. I also worked digitally a lot." Pupils organised a musical surprise for the Queen. Máxima is a passionate advocate for increased musical opportunities in primary schools. They sang "thank you for visiting" in Spanish.

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This is a wonderful video from the visit filled with warm moments. Máxima is so personable and always seems to enjoy engagements immensely.

During a conversation with parents and Principal Jeffrey van der Veeken, one participant raised the issue of lice control. "Does the lockdown cause more or less lice in the students?" Máxima replied, "You would think that there is less trouble because children have less contact with one another." They discussed the strain teachers are experiencing with changes to remote learning and returning back to the classroom with very little notice. Máxima was interested to hear if they felt digital learning had been beneficial in any way and if it would lead to changes in classroom learning moving forward.

Vorsten reports:

“You finally had time to really pay attention to students,” said Jurrian Quist, who had gained popularity through his digital gym classes. “Children have to move,” he knew. "Not all parents would have always liked the fact that he encouraged his students to run up and down stairs", Queen Máxima added with a smile.'

Before departing, the Queen said, "It was important that the children were allowed to go to school again," adding she and King Willem-Alexander are thinking of all students and teachers as they readjust.

Máxima looked fabulous in red Natan. Below, the Queen wearing the coat during a visit to the Nemo Science Museum in 2019.

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Máxima completed the look with a pair of statement earrings and burgundy gloves and matching  Gianvito Rossi pumps.


  1. Theresa - Austin, TXFriday, 19 February, 2021

    She looks gorgeous in red. Such sweet interaction with the children.

  2. Maxima really knows how to go for maximum impact! She looks sensation in her red Natan - is the dress from the same label as the coat? Her dark red accessories are amazing, especially the neat mask.Just great to see how much she enjoys being with young children.