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Queen Maxima just wore a sparkling wedding dress for royal Christmas photo - wow

Her daughter even wore a bridesmaid dress!

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Nichola Murphy
Nichola MurphyDeputy Lifestyle Editor
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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, 51, joined her husband King Willem-Alexander, 55, and their three children to pose for the annual royal Christmas card, but this year she looked extra special.

Instead of donning festive red or green colours, the mother-of-three opted for a wintery silver gown from bridal designer Elie Saab. The Grecian design features a caped, one-shouldered silhouette with a fitted waist and a flowing skirt covered in a delicate shimmer. The elegant white colourway retails for £5,100 and we're not surprised to see the show-stopping dress has already sold out.

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When it's back in stock, it would make the perfect dress for unconventional brides this festive season and beyond. After all, who doesn't love a sparkly wedding dress?

Maxima paired her silver gown with round earrings, a matching necklace and a sparkly bracelet, adding the final touches to her Christmas party outfit by styling her blonde hair in Hollywood curls.

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Bridal and bridesmaid dresses featured in the Netherlands royal Christmas card

Her husband looked dapper in a black tux while their three daughters opted for equally glamorous gowns. Following her mother's lead, Princess Ariane, 15, wore a one-shouldered polka dot Missoni dress and Princess Alexia, 17, chose a similar asymmetrical, long-sleeved frock from high street store Zara. Catharina-Amalia, 19, was the only one to not model the Grecian style, instead opting for a forest green maxi bridesmaid dress from ASOS.

Next to the family photo, which was shared on Instagram, the royals wrote in their Christmas card: "Have a blessed Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2023. Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous new year."

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Maxima and Willem got married in 2002

They signed off the message with: "Many thanks for the heartwarming wishes we received from you. - WA and Máxima."

Maxima and Willem - who recently celebrated their 20th anniversary - announced their engagement on 30 March 2001. The then-Prince of Orange presented his bride-to-be with an impressive white gold engagement ring with an oval orange diamond at the centre flanked by two emerald-cut diamonds – a subtle nod to the national colour of the Netherlands. 

They got married on 2 February 2002 with Maxima opting for a beautiful gown by Valentino, complete with a cowl neckline and three-quarter sleeves and a stunning 16.4ft lace train, while the Prince wore the full Captain in the Royal Netherlands Navy uniform. 

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