Never again: Royal outfits we hope to never see again on our favorite royals

We've selected royal outfits that we were not fond of. We want to emphasize that we love these ladies, just not these particular choices. While we may not like a certain outfit, some of you may love it - which is fine. Different opinions make the world go around. We have also included some of your opinions, as well! 


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's tour of Sweden had some bad outfit choices for all the royal ladies. One of Kate's was just horrendous and never needs to see the light of day again. It was a mustard colored floral silk gown by Erdem. Burn it, please!

Queen Maxima's yellow "Big Bird" dress was horrible. It was the 2017 Spring Collection of Claes Iverson. She wore it during a dinner for an official visit by the King and Queen of Jordan to the Netherlands in 2018.

Another bad choice was the red Viktor & Rolf gown Princess Mabel wore to the Dutch pre-inauguration dinner ahead of King Willem-Alexander's ascension to the Dutch throne in 2013.


Crown Princess Mary usually has beautiful gowns but this Jesper Hovring orange gown she wore to the New Year Gala in 2013 is definitely not one of my favorite.

I also never want to see this Natan outfit Queen Maxima wore in June 2015. The top is not bad but the culottes are awful in my opinion.

Last,  I really didn't like the Akris dress Princess Charlene wore in Russia in 2013. I think it was really inappropriate.


First, I'd like to put at least a one year moratorium on any and all Erdems.  There are some Erdem pieces I like, but more often than not, they are overwrought or just plain not flattering. The one exception for me would be Crown Princess Mary, who seems to know which Erdem pieces work and which don't.

For specific outfits, I'd prefer to never see both Stylein outfits Victoria wore for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Sweden visit again. The dress from the first night was an odd length, and the sleeve and neckline were puzzling too. The shirt and skirt from the second night were equally bizarre.  I didn't care for the slit in the skirt, the sleeves of the top, or the material of the top.  Overall, the looks were just really bad.

Finally, I'm really not a fan of Queen Maxima's Etro jumpsuit that she wore in 2016 to the opening of the Rotterdam International Film Festival.  Jumpsuits, in my opinion, mostly need to be in solid colors or a color block.  Patterns are very tricky.  Patterns in an ugly shade of tan with a tan belt? Disaster. 


I don't like this monstrosity Crown Princess Victoria wore to the dinner hosted by King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia for the 2014 Nobels and in official photos. The designer has never been identified. 

Photo: Kungahuset

Photo: Kungahuset

She wore the dress in image in Stockholm's airport shown above in June 2015. Photo: Jess B

She wore the dress in image in Stockholm's airport shown above in June 2015. Photo: Jess B

I also didn't like this Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini print dress Princess Sofia wore during the February 2017 state visit from Canada. 



Last, I wasn't a fan of this Jenny Packham light blue gown Kate wore to the James Bond Spectre premiere in 2015. She also was in Jimmy Choo “Vamp” Sandals, Packham Casa Box Clutch, and Robinson Pelham Blue Topaz Chandelier Earrings. It was a terrible gown!


There are two outfits I really hope to never see a royal wear again. My first choice is this outfit of Queen Maxima's. It was an ill-fitting Natan ensemble that she wore to the premiere of the musical The Color Purple in the Netherlands in April 2018.

My next choice is this ensemble the Duchess of Cambridge wore to the The Wellbeing In Schools Awards for her patronage Place2Be in 2014. She wore a Jenny Packham Fall RTW 2013 satin skirt in peacock and the top is Invitation by Hobbs “Emilia” top.


You answered: What outfits do you hope to never see again?

Our reader Rachel chose the Alexander McQueen gold and white gown from the Malaysia tour saying, "Yellow is an ugly colour and nobody should wear yellow." Another choice was the same Erdem gown Brittani chose above from Sweden remarking, "Here’s another I strongly dislike. I love the floral but that’s it. Like I said, yellow, especially mustard yellow doesn’t work for me."

Rachel also was not a fan of this monstrosity of a gown of Haute Couture by Karl Lagerfeld that Princess Caroline of Monaco wore to the 2017 Rose Ball in benefit of the Princess Grace Foundation. 

A guest we've had numerous times on our podcast, Jessica, chose the glittery black gown by Marchesa that Princess Madeleine wore to the 2012 Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce from Farm to Fork Royal Gala award dinner in New York in March of that year saying, "This makes her look like a b lister at the country music awards."

She also chose the Duchess of Cambridge's light blue Erdem dress from Trooping the Color in 2012. Jessica said, "Kate pulled a Scarlett O'Hara and made a dress out of the curtains."

Reader Ann told us she did not like this light colored gown of Princess Laurentein of the Netherlands that she wore to the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik to Mary Donaldson in 2004 saying, "Pointy boobs look good on no one."

This look of Meghan's was also not a favorite. She wore the Altuzzara dress to the Commonwealth Youth Forum that she paired with a black Camilla and Marc blazer and Oroton bag. Ann said, "It was too much. Also, for the event it didn't seem like it fit."

JustACasualGirl on Twitter told us she did not like this burgundy Ida Sjöstedt gown from the 2014 Nobels before her wedding the next June. 

She was also not a fan of this deep purple satin gown by Alexander McQueen that Crown Princess Mary wore back in 2005 and again in 2016. The first time was for dinner in New York on February 1, 2005. 

She also chose this Ida Lanto light blue dress from the Te Deum for Prince Oscar in 2016. She said, "It really doesn’t suit her, in my opinion."

Princess Mabel at the aftershow party of the 24th Opera Gala

Princess Mabel van Oranje, the widow of the Netherlands' Prince Friso (younger brother to King Willem-Alexander), attended the aftershow party of the 24th Opera Gala in Berlin, Germany, on November 4, 2017. The gala was in benefit to Deutsche Aids-Stiftung (German AIDs Foundation) at Deutsche Oper Berlin.

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For the event, Princess Mabel wore a floor-length Needle and Thread gown. It is described on Net-A-Porter as a "petal embellished tulle gown". It is now sold out on the website. 

Princess Mabel was seen posing for photographs alongside Carola Ferstl and BILD chief Julian Reichelt. She was also seen taking a selfie with Carola and even appeared on stage during the event. 

Last year, the German AIDs Foundation described the opera saying, "Now one of the most important charity events in the federal capital, it has become an indispensable part of Berlin's cultural life both artistically and socially. Together with the choir and orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, top-class interpreters - artists of international significance as well as young talents of tomorrow - will offer versatile and moving insights into the world of opera. This promises pure enjoyment of the opera, splendid socializing - and the certainty of serving one thing that still concerns us all."

The Orchestra of German Opera Berlin performed as well as the Chorus of the German Opera Berlin. 

Tickets sold at the minimum of €260 and the maximum of €650. 

Princess Mabel's wedding gown

On April 24, 2004, Mabel Wisse Smit married Prince Friso of the Netherlands in the Old Church of Delft in Delft, Netherlands. 

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For her wedding, Mabel (soon to be Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau) wore a very interesting and unique design by Dutch duo Viktor & Rolf. According to Order of Splendor, she turned down their more conservative designs and asked for something "memorable." The duo then delivered! 

The white satin gown featured a bateau neckline with long sleeves. It also had a flared skirt that contained a 3.15-meter train. The train itself was unique as it featured several large bows all the way down (bows also featured in other places on the gown with a grand total of 248). The bows gained in size as they continued down the train. A short veil was included on the soon-to-be princess - held in place by smaller scale version of the Mellerio Sapphire Tiara. 

Mabel had her hair in a bun and wore a pair of simple diamond drop earrings. 

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The Dutch Royal Family, naturally, all attended to nuptials. Foreign royals included King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway as Harald was one of Friso's godparents. 

Controversy surrounded the union with the couple not requesting that the Dutch parliament approve the marriage. Royal Central reported, "Mabel met Prince Friso in Brussels in 2000. It has been rumoured that his sister-in-law, Princess Laurentien introduced the pair. Their relationship was confirmed in 2002, with their engagement announcement the following year. However, controversy soon surrounded them. It was revealed that the couple had been vague about Mabel’s connection to Dutch drug lord, Klaas Bruinsma. Prince Friso admitted in a letter to then Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende that he and Mabel had given incomplete information, but did not provide any inaccurate information. He admitted Mabel’s relationship had been closer than they had mentioned, but it was not romantic."

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Friso was removed from the line of succession to the Dutch throne after they wed. The couple had two daughters together: Countess Luana, born on 26 March 2005, and Countess Zaria, born on 18 June 2006.

Tragedy struck in Austria when Prince Friso was buried in an avalanche in February 2012. After being deprived of oxygen for 25 minutes before being rescued, the Prince was flown to a nearby hospital in a coma. Later, he was transferred to a hospital in London where Mabel stayed by his side. They had been living in the city since they married. However, on 9 July 2013, Friso was transferred to back home to the Netherlands to Huis ten Bosch Palace. With some consciousness, he was surrounded by family and friends until he passed away on August 12, 2013. He was only 44.