The Netherlands' glamorous Queen Máxima leads royal celebrations in semi-sheer grey gown
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The Netherlands' Queen Maxima made a fashionable turn at the Palace Noordeinde today with her husband King Willem-Alexander and select members of the royal family today. The palace has been home to the king since he ascended the throne in 2013 and is where he conducts most of his business.
The mother-of-three, originally from Argentina, made a splash in an elegant ensemble, comprising of a dramatic grey lace gown with sheer panelling, accessorsing with a ceremonial sash and a tiara.
The royals were guests of honour for Prinsjesdag, the annual opening of the Dutch Parliamentary year, at The Hague. The Dutch king praised the economic bounce-back, forecasting growth of 3.3% this year.
"After a number of difficult years we are again seeing a flourishing economy and healthy public finances," he told parliament. "But not everyone is feeling the impact of this economic growth sufficiently in their daily lives. It is important that more people profit from this prosperity."
Palace Noordeinde is one of three official palaces run by the Dutch royal family, who also count The Royal Palace in Amsterdam and Huis ten Bosch in their property portfolio.
On a day of pageantry and tight security, Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima rode in a horse-drawn carriage from the Noordeinde Palace to Parliament and back again. Thousands of people lined the route to catch a glimpse of the royal couple.
Police installed temporary barriers to block roads near the route and officers patrolled the city as crowds, many wearing orange hats and scarves, cheered the royals.
Pauline Krikke, the mayor of The Hague, told Dutch broadcaster NOS that her city was "taking appropriate measures, both visible and invisible" to boost security.
Willem-Alexander also used the speech to offer support to the Caribbean territories of St Maarten, Saba and St Eustatius after they were devastated this month by Hurricane Irma.
The territories were braced on Tuesday for another category five storm, Hurricane Maria, to pass.
"The government will do all in its power to alleviate the islands' acute distress," Willem-Alexander said.
"The Caribbean part of the kingdom will not stand alone as it faces the task of reconstruction."