DUTCH ROYALS TURN OUT FOR A SUITABLY ORANGE WEDDING

21 OCTOBER 2005

Click here to send this news item to a friend The womenfolk of Holland would be forgiven for feeling a little downhearted today, as the country's last royal bachelor is officially off the market. Prince Floris, the fourth son of Princess Margriet and Pieter van Vollenhoven, walked down the aisle with marketing executive Aimee Sohngen in Naarden on Thursday afternoon. His bride decided to buck tradition on her big day by making a patriotic style statement. The pretty brunette made her vows in an elegant mandarin dress and cropped jacket with matching pill-box hat, while her new husband was sporting a blue morning suit and bright orange tie.

Floris' aunt, Queen Beatrix, was obviously delighted with the gesture, flashing a big smile to photographers from underneath a broad-rimmed peach hat. And the 30-year-old's high-profile cousins, Prince Constantijn and Prince Johan Friso, likewise seemed to be enjoying the event, chatting warmly as they arrived with their respective wives and Crown Princess Maxima.

The wedding came just two months after Floris' older brother, Pieter-Christiaan, tied the knot at a lavish ceremony in the village of Noordwijk. Following the example of his elder sibling, the groom chose to get married without first seeking the permission of parliament, thereby losing his claim to the throne. Given that he is tenth in line of succession, the royal preferred not to bother his country's government as the chances of him ascending are extremely slim.

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The bride and groom, both sporting their national colour, share a tender moment after making their vowsPhoto: © AFPClick on photos for gallery
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Crown Princess Maxima waves to photographers upon her arrival at the weddingPhoto: © Rex
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