Looking fan-tan-tastic! Queen Máxima of the Netherlands stuns in camel cape as she returns to children’s cancer hospital she opened five years ago
- The Queen of The Netherlands looked all wrapped up in muted tan tones
- She beamed as she met with children at the cancer ward in Utrecht
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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands looked effortlessly elegant in a chic camel cape as she returned to a cancer hospital in Utrecht five years after she opened it.
The Argentine-born royal, 51, paired her camel cape with a jumper dress in a similar shade and belted it at the waist as she met with children who have received treatment at the ward.
Mother-of-three Máxima accessorised the jumper dress with a belt at the waist and a pair of knee-length boots in a tan shade.
The Queen’s chic camel cape, which is a break from her tradition of wearing bold colours, has had another outing to the ward after she also stepped out in the layer at the end of January with her husband, King Willem-Alexander, at the Royal Palace.
Today Máxima’s visit was a poignant one as she returned to the Princess Máxima Centre, which has become a hub for research into childhood cancers since the royal first opened it in 2018.
Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, 51, posed with a young child who has received cancer treatment on her visit to the Princess Máxima Centre in Utrecht, which treats all children in the nation who have been diagnosed with cancer
All children with cancer in the Netherlands are treated at the paediatric oncology ward, which it claims makes it the largest paediatric centre in Europe.
According to the centre’s website, its mission is: ‘To cure every child with cancer, with optimal quality of life.’
Last year, after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, 63 Ukrainian children moved to The Netherlands so they could receive cancer treatment at the centre.
While the treatment at the centre is funded in part by the health ministry in The Netherlands and also by health insurance, its research relies heavily on donations.
Today, as she returned to the health centre, Máxima was pictured meeting with children who have been diagnosed with cancer.
She was pictured smiling with some children and chatting to others, showing her affinity with little ones as she walked around the centre.
Oh-so chic in camel! The Queen beamed as her blonde locks were swept up in the wind as she left the hospital
During her visit to the medical centre she first opened nearly five years ago, the Queen was given a tour
During a discussion with staff including researchers, oncologists and paediatric nurses, the Queen smiled
The Argentine-born royal and mother-of-three smiked as she spoke to a little girl who is currently receiving treatment at the centre
Máxima looked visibly moved and exclaimed as she was presented with a photo of herself visiting the centre several years ago and meeting a young child receiving treatment, who now appears to be all grown up and looking well
A young boy receiving treatment at the centre offered the royal a gift in the form of a cuddly toy piglet
While visiting the centre, mother-of-three Queen Máxima appeared engaged as she chatted to children who have been treated for cancer
In a sweet moment, the Queen posed for a selfie with one of the children receiving treatment and helped to take the photo
A young fan! On her way into the centre, the Queen stopped to shake the hand of an eager young boy who was desperate to say hello
Máxima, a mother herself, also chatted to other mothers whose children were having treatment at the centre
At one point, she was pictured exclaiming something as she chatted with a child, whom it appears she may have first met several years ago.
The Queen was presented with a photo on an easel of herself in a previous visit, leaning down to speak to a young child in a wheelchair at the centre.
She was visibly moved looking at the photo, in what appeared to be a realisation that she is now posing for a photo with the same child, who is grown up and looking well.
During her visit, Máxima will also meet with oncologists and other staff members at the centre, with an aim of discussing how research into childhood cancers can help bring children for treatment earlier on to increase their chances of survival and living a healthy life after recovery.
To mark World Child Cancer Day tomorrow, she will also write the first message in a ‘Heart under the belt’ card on display at the hospital.
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