Fresh from their triumphant tour of New York and a meeting with the Obamas, Crown Princess Maxima and husband Willem-Alexander were supporting his mother Queen Beatrix for the occasion marking the opening of parliament.
Decked out in all their finery – Maxima in a floor-length gown and sash and Willem in military dress - the couple joined the royal matriarch in a regal appearance on the balcony of Noordeinde Palace, her working residence in The Hague.
Earlier in the day, the 71-year-old sovereign, one of Europe's most popular with an approval rating of 85 per cent, arrived at the Ridderzaal – or Knights' Hall – building in the city centre.
She was borne by an elaborate golden horse-drawn carriage, flanked by smartly liveried guards.
There in a tradition dating back to the 18th century, she addressed politicians in a speech outlining the government's plans for the year ahead.