When Queen Maxima of the Netherlands was crowned in April during her husband, King Willem-Alexander's inauguration, we knew a rival to Kate Middleton had been spotted. (No, silly, we're not talking about rivals to the throne, we mean style-wise!)

While the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge has been wowing us with her modern take on classic day and evening wear, Maxima has been silently treading her own path to fashion fame.

The Dutch Queen was photographed at the opening of Fioretti College on May 29, in Hillegom, the Netherlands, wearing a belted coat with wide, cropped sleeves, a knee-length pencil skirt, toe-cap heels with see-through sides, a velvet purse and a smart black chapeau. And no Queen can be seen without her favourite pearl necklace! The blond beauty looked happy and kind of adorable cheering after setting off a tempest of streamers in the rain.

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  • Queen Maxima

    Plus five for looking chic while trying not to get wet.

  • Queen Maxima

    Plus 10 for wearing a skirt in the rain.

  • Queen Maxima

    Plus two for the half-hearted fist-pump.

  • Queen Maxima

    Plus 15 for wearing heels that look dangerous.

  • Queen Maxima

    Plus five for wearing an intricate hairdo.

  • Queen Maxima

    Plus two for piling on the sequins.

  • Queen Maxima

    Plus three for that cute butterfly pin.

  • Queen Maxima

    Plus 15 for that optical illusion hat.

  • Queen Maxima

    Minus 15 for those '70s disco sleeves.

  • Queen Maxima

    Minus 10 for wearing lingerie as outerwear.

  • Queen Maxima

    Plus 10 for showing off those legs.

  • Kate Middleton

    Plus 10 for wearing a bright colour and that fabulous hat.

  • Kate Middleton

    Plus 10 for making peach look pretty. It's not an easy thing to do.

  • Kate Middleton

    Plus 50 for wearing a repeat Topshop dress while trying out a Harry Potter spell.

  • Kate Middleton

    Plus five for making eggshell blue sexy.

  • Kate Middleton

    Plus 10 for showing off her figure in a semi-tight dress.

  • Kate Middleton

    Plus 10 for giving sass to scouts.

  • Kate Middleton

    Plus five for that awesome tartan scarf.

  • Kate Middleton

    Plus 10 for rolling with the homies.

  • Kate Middleton

    Plus 15 for being willing to get dirty.

  • Kate Middleton

    Plus 10 for taking the tube while looking like you just came from high tea with the Queen.

Maxima's smart rainwear (it was pouring at the school opening) is only the latest of her style successes: the 42-year-old made us take a second look at her optical illusion hat last week and she isn't afraid of showing off her legs. In fact, (dare we say it?) we may prefer to go shopping with the queen rather than with Kate! Blasphemy, we know.

But Middleton is providing stiff competition.

Princess Kate is taking maternity wear to new heights and giving all pregnant ladies a lesson in style (ahem, Kim Kardashian take note). Recently, the Duchess was spotted showing off her growing royal baby bump in a bright yellow coat, a polka-dot Topshop frock and a figure-hugging print Erdem dress.

Kate's style is so influential that designers she's never even met sketch maternity looks for her. (If Karl Lagerfeld designs a dress for you, you're in baby.)

Who do you think has better style?

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