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!
Here’s a closer look at one of the banners. A clever use of Willem-Alexander’s initials, no?
The window shops are orange galore:
Here’s a closer look. The little tags are well wishes for the royal family from all over the Kingdom:
And of course there are lots of orange goodies for sale!
Check these out:
And how great are these books?
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
Was another lady on your best dressed list?
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:
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!