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Full majesty of Dutch monarchy on display as Maxima and Willem celebrate Prince's Day

21 SEPTEMBER 2011

Last year's Prince's Day was disrupted by a demonstrator throwing a tea-cup at the royal party.

And a previous Queen's Day parade in April 2009 was marred by the death of four people after a car plunged into the crowd

But thankfully on Tuesday the glittering proceedings went off smoothly, as charismatic Crown Princess Maxima and her husband Willem-Alexander accompanied Queen Beatrix to the Ridderzaal – or Knight's Hall – for the official opening of the country's parliament.

 

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Beatrix, Maxima's 72-year-old mother-in-law, is one of the most popular sovereigns in Europe, with an approval rating of 85 percent.

As was apparent with crowds lining the route through The Hague to see her elaborate golden coach. Well-wishers were even hanging out of windows to capture the excitement.

 

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After the queen's speech to the assembly, Maxima – who was resplendent in a sage green floor length gown, sash and a chic hat – joined the matriarch for a balcony appearance at Noordeinde Palace.

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