Pomp and pageantry as Maxima and Willem-Alexander celebrate Prince's day

Throngs of enthusiastic supporters joined the Dutch royals as they marked Prince's Day in the Netherlands.

Travelling through the city in an intricate golden horse-drawn carriage, and wearing their finery, Queen Beatrix and her family toured The Hague. The regal party stopped off at the Ridderzaal - or Knight's Hall - for the official opening of the country's parliament before continuing on to Noordeinde Palace, the monarch's working residence.

Crown Princess Maxima was the picture of elegance as she appeared alongside her mother-in-law on the balcony of Noordeinde Palace, to greet well-wishers gathered on the streets below.

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