The Dutch royals ramped up the glamour for one of the Netherlands’ most ceremonious celebrations on Tuesday.
Today marks Prince’s Day (Prinsjesdag), the opening day of the Dutch parliament, which takes place every year on the third Tuesday in September.
The royal family, including King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and their daughters, Crown Princess Alexia, 18, and Crown Princess Amalia, 19 – who’s heir to the throne – certainly donned their finery for the occasion.
While mother-of-three Queen Maxima, 52, opted for a peach trouser suit ensemble and a regal-looking brown floral dress coat, her daughters went for bold colour, with Amalia wearing a royal blue dress, suede heels and sapphire drop earrings, with her blonde hair wrapped neatly in an up-do.
Meanwhile her younger sibling, Alexia, also opted for a charged colour; wearing a stylish ankle-length cerise dress, wearing her brunette locks tousled and pinned back on the left side.
Netherlands’ Crown Princesses Amalia, 19, and Alexia, 18, took centre stage on the balcony of Noordeinde Palace in The Hague on Budget Day after their father, King Willem-Alexander, delivered the Speech from the Throne in the Royal Theater on Prince’s Day
The teenage royal accessorised with a maroon leather clutch bags and matching gloves.
The royals attended the Prinsjesdag 2023 celebrations at the Noordeinde Royal Palace before driving to Nieuwe Kerk where King Willem-Alexander delivered the throne speech to the members of the Upper and Lower Chamber.
The King looked impeccably smart, wearing a a black suit jacket with tails for the government address as well as a light grey waistcoat.
He finished off the outfit with a pair of grey trousers with subtle stripes and a white and grey striped tie.
After arriving at the Royal Theater, a suited and booted Willem-Alexander solemnly delivered the speech written by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, as his wife looked on.
The Dutch equivalent of the State Opening of Parliament, Prinsjesdag sees the monarch give details of the government’s programme for the next financial year, as well as budget allocations.
Thousands of well-wishers gathered on Prince’s Day as the Dutch royals took to the balcony to offer a wave. Pictured from left: King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, his wife Queen Maxima, Princess Amalia, Princess Alexia, Princess Laurentien and Prince Constantijn
The family lingered to offer another wave before making their way inside on Tuesday afternoon
Queen Maxima of The Netherlands waves to royal fans ahead of the ceremony at the Hague’s Royal Theater to celebrate Prinsjesdag (‘Prince’s Day’)
The ceremony is traditionally serious, with all eyes on King Willem-Alexander as he delivered the throne speech to the members of the Upper and Lower Chamber
Fanfare: Queen Maxima delicately descends the carriage to stand with her husband and daughters Crown Princesses Amalia and Alexia (far right)
The Dutch King and Queen’s youngest daughter Princess Alexia, 18, wore a bold bright pink dress for the annual occasion – flanked by King Willem-Alexander’s younger brother Prince Constantijn and his wife Princess Laurentien
Meanwhile, Crown Princess Amalia, 19, wearing a bright purple dress and her blonde hair wrapped neatly in an up-do
King Willem-Alexander and daughter Princess Amalia seen leaving the Noordeinde Royal Palace ahead of the drive to the Royal Theater for the throne speech
A little helping hand? Princess Alexia takes the arm of a footman as she descends from the carriage
The King looked impeccably smart, wearing a a black suit jacket with tails for the government address as well as a light grey waistcoat
The royal couple are seen leaving Noordeinde Palace ahead of Tuesday’s Prince’s Day
Although there were some protesters in the crowds gathered, the mood was largely jubilant
Typically the pair are joined by other members of the royal family for the event, and this year was no different with King Willem-Alexander’s younger brother Prince Constatijn and his wife Princess Laurentien in attendance – who escorted in their niece Princess Alexia.
The royal, who recently celebrated her 18th birthday, is the second child of Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.
Her eldest sister Catharina-Amalia is the heir – but that hasn’t stopped the Dutch royals from making sure Amalia gets her time in the limelight.
The royal recently underwent her first solo engagement, as she christened the Vox Alexia, a ship by Dutch manufacture Van Oord, in Rotterdam.
Rather than shy away from the spotlight, the princess looked poised and professional throughout the solo event.
Following the christening, Alexia gave a tour of the ship and chat to the crew, as well as speak to members of the Young Van Oord association.
Alexia recently graduated from UWC Atlantic College in South Wales in May this year, with her parents travelling to the prestigious school to celebrate.
The school is often referred to as ‘Hippie Hogwarts’ thanks to its progressive approach to education and picturesque castle setting.