Did Queen Maxima Steal Melania Trump’s Style?

Lauren Tuck
News Editor
Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attend the Seminar on Protection and Education in Conflict Zones at the Hague Institute for Global Justice in the Hague, Netherlands, on Thursday. (Photo: Getty Images)

Summer 2017 is all about the statement sleeve — and the Netherlands’ Queen Maxima and Qatar’s Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al Missned are all over it. On Friday, the women attended a law seminar at the Hague in the Netherlands and, in addition to promoting international peace, pushed forward the fashionable trend.

According to Moza’s Instagram, she said in her speech that the United Nations Security Council is “broken in exactly those situations where it is needed most — to hold to account those who commit grave violations of international law.” Wearing a bubblegum pink peplum top with pleated sleeves that she paired with a pleated black skirt, she also noted that only when all countries abide by international law will peace and security be possible.

Moza, who’s the daughter of Nasser bin Abdullah Al Missned and the second wife of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani’s three wives, was hosted by the Dutch queen, who popped in a royal blue dress with bell sleeves. Maxima accessorized with a brooch on her left shoulder, as well as sapphire earrings, and carried a suede clutch that matched her nude heels.

Photo: Getty Images

If the queen’s dress looks familiar, it’s because Melania Trump wore it last July. At the Republican National Convention, the wife of the then Republican nominee took the stage in a white version of Roksanda Ilinčić’s Margot dress.


Photo: Farfetch

While Trump’s piece originally sold for $2,195 (she actually bought it herself online from Net-A-Porter), the queen’s version is currently available for $1,515.

The 46-year-old royal, who was born in Argentina, is far from the first fashionista to take cues from Melania Trump. Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, gave a speech at the Democratic convention in a white dress that was identical to Melania’s; Edie Falco wore a black version of the Ilinčić dress in December; Natalie Portman wore a similar dress designed by Dior to the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January; and Zoey Deutch’s Tory Burch gown at the Met Gala featured a strikingly similar silhouette to the Margot.

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