Saturday 25 November 2017

The Netherlands' glamorous Queen Máxima leads royal celebrations in semi-sheer grey gown

King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands of the Netherlands at the balcony of Palace Noordeinde during Prinsjesdag on September 19, 2017 in The Hague, Netherlands. Prinsjesdag is the annual opening of the Dutch Parliamentary year. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)
King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands of the Netherlands at the balcony of Palace Noordeinde during Prinsjesdag on September 19, 2017 in The Hague, Netherlands. Prinsjesdag is the annual opening of the Dutch Parliamentary year. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)
(L-R) Netherland's King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, Princess Laurentien and Prince Constantijn wave to the crowd from the balcony of the Palace Noordeinde during 'Prinsjesdag' (Prince's Day) in The Hague on September 19, 2017
Dutch Princess Beatrix waves from the Carriage of the King during the 'Prinsjesdag' (Prince's Day) in The Hague on September 19, 2017
Dutch Princess Laurentien waves from a Carriage during the 'Prinsjesdag' (Prince's Day) at the Binnenhof in The Hague on September 19, 2017
Dutch King Willem-Alexander delivers his 'Speech from the Throne' next to Queen Maxima in the Ridderzaal (Knights' Hall), during 'Prinsjesdag' (Prince's Day) in The Hague on September 19, 2017
King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands, Queen Maxima of The Netherlands, Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands and Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands at the balcony of Palace Noordeinde during Prinsjesdag on September 19, 2017 in The Hague, Netherlands. Prinsjesdag is the annual opening of the Dutch Parliamentary year. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)
King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands in the Glass Coach during Prinsjesdag on September 19, 2017 in The Hague, Netherlands. Prinsjesdag is the annual opening of the Dutch Parliamentary year. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)
King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands, Queen Maxima of The Netherlands, Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands and Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands at the balcony of Palace Noordeinde during Prinsjesdag on September 19, 2017 in The Hague, Netherlands. Prinsjesdag is the annual opening of the Dutch Parliamentary year. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)
King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands arrive at the Ridderzaal with the Glass Coach during Prinsjesdag on September 19, 2017 in The Hague, Netherlands. Prinsjesdag is the annual opening of the Dutch Parliamentary year. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)

Caitlin McBride and Mike Corder

Your new style crush is back.

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. 

King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands arrive at the Ridderzaal with the Glass Coach during Prinsjesdag on September 19, 2017 in The Hague, Netherlands. Prinsjesdag is the annual opening of the Dutch Parliamentary year. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)
King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands arrive at the Ridderzaal with the Glass Coach during Prinsjesdag on September 19, 2017 in The Hague, Netherlands. Prinsjesdag is the annual opening of the Dutch Parliamentary year. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)

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.

Dutch King Willem-Alexander delivers his 'Speech from the Throne' next to Queen Maxima in the Ridderzaal (Knights' Hall), during 'Prinsjesdag' (Prince's Day) in The Hague on September 19, 2017
Dutch King Willem-Alexander delivers his 'Speech from the Throne' next to Queen Maxima in the Ridderzaal (Knights' Hall), during 'Prinsjesdag' (Prince's Day) in The Hague on September 19, 2017

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.

Dutch Princess Laurentien waves from a Carriage during the 'Prinsjesdag' (Prince's Day) at the Binnenhof in The Hague on September 19, 2017
Dutch Princess Laurentien waves from a Carriage during the 'Prinsjesdag' (Prince's Day) at the Binnenhof in The Hague on September 19, 2017

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.

King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands, Queen Maxima of The Netherlands, Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands and Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands at the balcony of Palace Noordeinde during Prinsjesdag on September 19, 2017 in The Hague, Netherlands. Prinsjesdag is the annual opening of the Dutch Parliamentary year. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)
King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands, Queen Maxima of The Netherlands, Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands and Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands at the balcony of Palace Noordeinde during Prinsjesdag on September 19, 2017 in The Hague, Netherlands. Prinsjesdag is the annual opening of the Dutch Parliamentary year. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)

"The Caribbean part of the kingdom will not stand alone as it faces the task of reconstruction."

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