30 April 2013

The Dutch Inauguration: Queen Beatrix's Abdication

The festivities in Holland have begun! This morning, Queen Beatrix abdicated. It was a simple ceremony, quick and understated, but obviously full of meaning.

First, the actual instrument of abdication was signed. Beatrix plus Willem-Alexander, Máxima, and their three daughters were all present, joined by Prince Constantijn, Princess Laurentien, Princess Mabel, Princess Margriet, Pieter van Vollenhoven, Princess Irene, and Princess Christina. (Click here to see video, including the full royal cast.)
Beatrix wore a lovely purple suit as she quietly became Princess Beatrix once again, and King Willem-Alexander was dapper in morning coat.

Máxima was in Natan, which is no surprise, and it included at least one slightly OTT bit - a ginormous bow - which was also no surprise.
It was a soft pink ensemble, the top including puffed sleeves and a large bow at the shoulder. The skirt was also in powder pink with flashes of silver in the sparkling embroidery. The fabric has been reported to have been a gift from Beatrix to Máxima, something she purchased in Turkey. Máx accessorized with neatly coiffed hair (never fear, she does it up when it counts) and pink jewels - kunzite, I think, and diamonds: earrings, brooch at the waist, and major ring.

After the abdication was complete, Princess Beatrix, King Willem-Alexander, and Queen Máxima headed out to the balcony for a few words from the sovereign (past) and the sovereign (present).
Obviously an emotional moment for Bea in particular, bless her heart.

Bea retreated and then the A-team - who were very business-like during the ceremony - came out!
Amalia (now the Princess of Orange), Alexia and Ariane were all Von Trapp-ed out in matching sunshine yellow with flowered headbands for the big event, and it was adorable.

Next up is the inauguration ceremony, but in case you need some sparkle to tide you over until the formality - the first official portrait of the new King and Queen has been released! Willem-Alexander is handsome in white tie, while Máxima repeats a former Prinsjesdag gown and the Mellerio Ruby Tiara.

Stay tuned...

Photos:NOS screencap/Koninklijk Huis