Queen Beatrix's Dinner & Orange, Orange Everywhere

Now that it’s all over the fun begins for us! This is a heavy post, with another one to follow recapping today’s events.

Thanks to our guest Royal Poster who is on the ground in Amsterdam, we have a wonderful look at the festivities that have been underway. Let’s get started.

Things were looking a little grey and blustery yesterday, but those banners certainly brightened things up!

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Here’s a closer look at one of the banners. A clever use of Willem-Alexander’s initials, no?

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The window shops are orange galore:

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Here’s a closer look. The little tags are well wishes for the royal family from all over the Kingdom:

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And of course there are lots of orange goodies for sale!

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Check these out:

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And how great are these books?

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Amidst all of that, the festivities kicked off with dinner last night at the newly renovated Rijksmuseum.

The Power Trio

Queen  Beatrix looked her regal best as she arrived with Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima. In keeping with the desire to keep the celebration on the frugal side, Maxima chose to wear a tiered Valentino gown previously worn to Prince Charles’ 60th party five years ago. A nice touch.

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Naturally, Maxima was also decked out in the Diamond Bandeau Tiara which seems to be a favourite of the many she has at her disposal.

Oodles of other royals were there decked out in their finery. Here are a few that stood out to me.

Solo Princes: Naruhito and Albert

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Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel walked in with Prince Naruhito of Japan, who was not accompanied by Crown Princess Masako. Officials had advised that the princess may not attend all events and that it would depend on her condition on the day (Princess Masako was diagnosed with a stress-induced illness over a decade ago and until now hadn’t been out of Japan on official business since then). Princess Masako did make it to the investiture today, however, which I was happy to see.

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Another solo prince, Prince Albert, walked in with Luxembourg’s Hereditary Grand Duke Guillame and Princess Stephanie, who was wearing her go-to designer Elie Saab. What’s up with Princess Charlene not making an appearance? Could she really not fit this important event into her schedule? Hmmm….hope all is well with her.

Best Dressed

In my humble opinion, the two best dressed ladies of the evening were Crown Princess Mathilde of Belgium and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.

Let’s look at Mathilde first. I’m not normally into one-shouldered looks, but this dress works. We have a beautiful silvery satin which perfectly offsets her Laurel wreath tiara and brooch. That brooch elevates everything, but the piece de resistance is that the skirt opens up into a not-too-short but not-too-long train. Lovely!

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Not onto Crown Princess Mary. The neckline and drape of the skirt is so elegant, but it’s that satin belt at the tiniest part of the waist that wins it for me. Flawless!

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Was another lady on your best dressed list?

Seating Arrangements

Now onto the dinner itself. I feel like we haven’t gotten a chance to get such an inside look at royals at dinner since Princess Victoria’s wedding (when the whole thing was amazingly streamed live) so this was all kinds of awesome.

What a gorgeous view for Beatrix, who was seated next to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte:

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Certainly a night for the memory books. Next up will be the Abdication and Investiture.

Many thanks again to our guest Royal Poster A-MD!

Countdown to the Abdication and Investiture

Are you excited yet?

With the official investiture and abdication events about to begin in Amsterdam on April 29th, we are in final count down mode for serious jewels, fanfare, and of course lots more of this delightful trio:

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Lucky for us, we have a guest Royal Poster on the ground in Amsterdam who is sending us all sorts of information and pictures we’ll be sharing with you.

To begin, here are 5 things about the abdication and investiture that may have skipped your attention.

5. Orange, Orange Everywhere

Fittingly, Amsterdam is now totally decked out in orange for the big event. Just about everything is orange, including a bakery that has all orange goods in the window, and of course there are all sorts of souvenirs on sale.

Gotta love these orange hats and crowns:

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And they even have  orange beer!

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Who thinks Maxima’s gown on Tuesday will be anything other than a shade of orange?? Any takers?

Here are some of the orange creations she has worn in the past.

She’s goes formal:

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And summery:

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And casual chic:

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And wedding guest lovely:

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Naturally her engagement ring is orange, too.

4. Sports Day was Celebrated Today

The future King and Queen had their last official engagement today before the festivities begin. They joined in the celebration of King’s Sports Day, which involved 1.3 million children in the Netherlands and the Caribbean dressed in various shades of our new favourite colour. This was all in good fun to celebrate the upcoming investiture.

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3. The King Doesn’t Expect to Be Addressed as “Your Majesty”

This is not a couple that is stuck on protocol and they certainly seem to be very forward-thinking and fun. This has got to be one of my favourite pictures of them, from their visit to the London 2012 Olympic Games:

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Are we catching or tossing the flowers? I don’t know, but it looks like a hoot.

As Willem-Alexander said in an interview earlier this month “People can address me any way they see fit. I’m not obsessed with protocol. I will be king, but also a human being.” 

Maxima agreed, saying “People in the street call me Maxima. At the end of the day, it’s not that important to be called princess or queen. The important thing is the title we represent.” 

2. The future Princess of Orange is All Over it:

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Another Dutch Royal who gets a title change is the new King and Queen’s oldest daughter Princess Catharina-Amalia. She becomes Her Royal Highness the Princess of Orange once the Queen abdicates. However, this title will not be made formal until she is 18 and enters the State Council. Until then, she will only be seen at occasional official events and in birthday portraits like this one:

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According to Williem-Alexander, she is well aware of the fact that she is next in line and is all over it. “She has even asked me how long I think to be King, as to be able to mark the date in her agenda” 

You can check out our post on this lovely princess here.

1. The King’s Titles & The Royal House
Once he becomes King, Willem-Alexander’s full list of titles will be as follows:
1. King of the Netherlands
2. Prince of Orange-Nassau
3. Jonkheer van Amsberg
4. Count of KatzenelnbogenVianden, Diez, Spiegelberg, Buren, Leerdam and Culemborg 5. Marquis of Veere and Vlissingen
6. Baron of Breda, Diest, Beilstein, the town of Grave and the lands of Cuyk, IJsselstein, Cranendonk, Eindhoven and Liesveld
7. Hereditary Lord and Seigneur of Ameland
8. Lord of Borculo, Bredevoort, Lichtenvoorde, ‘t Loo, Geertruidenberg, Klundert, Zevenbergen, Hoge and Lage Zwaluwe, Naaldwijk, Polanen, St Maartensdijk, Soest, Baarn and Ter Eem, Willemstad, Steenbergen, Montfort, St Vith, Bütgenbach and Dasburg
9. Viscount of Antwerp.
Do you have all that? Good.
Upon the abdication, the Royal House also changes. The following members of the royal family will no longer be officially part of the Royal House:
  • Prince Maurits, Prince Bernhard and their wives
  • The children of Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien

The Royal House will no consist of only the following:

  • The King and Queen and their children
  • Princess Beatrix
  • Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien
  • Princess Margriet and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven
Before we go, A Quick Peak at the Official Events

Monday, April 29th Dinner 

Queen Beatrix will be spending her last night as Queen hosting a dinner for fellow royals at the newly re-opened Rijksmuseum. Let’s hope that the royal jewel vaults will be opened and the sparkliest pieces will be dusted off to come out for the evening.

Tuesday, April 30th Abdication and Investiture

The Abdication will be held at the Moseszaal of the Royal Palace Amsterdam, and once Beatrix has signed documents giving her assent she will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands. Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima become His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima.

A more detailed rundown of events can be read at the Dutch Royal Family’s official website here.

More news as we get it! Enjoy the celebrations.