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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands enjoys stylish trip to Japan


November 6, 2014
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What a whirlwind tour! Queen Maxima and KingWillem-Alexander of the Netherlands spent three days on a state visit toJapan and managed to fit in so much.

They’veattended banquets, hosted trade conferences, caught up with countless oldfriends and even met with a high-tech toilet maker who showed them his newestdesign.

Thecouple’s trip to Japan began on Wednesday, when the royal couplevisited a design museum and went to an investment meeting in a bid to encouragetrade between Japan and the Netherlands.

TheDutch royals visited the Imperial Palace where they met Emperor Akihito and hiswife Empress Michiko.

TheEmperor’s daughter-in-law Princess Masako, wife of his son Crown PrinceNaruhito, turned out for the event which caused headlines. Masako has sufferedfrom a stress-induced nervous condition that resulted in the 50-year-old living largely as arecluse andher attendance was a signal of her improving health and her closeness to theDutch royals.

Thefamilies have been friendly for years and Willem-Alexander's mother, formerly QueenBeatrix, was believed to be particularly sympathetic to the Japanese princess’condition as her late husband Prince Claus suffered with depression.

Onthe trip the royal couple also watched a ceremonial guard display, visited an oriental garden, and attended a lavish banquet.

QueenMaxima, known for her stylish wardrobe, didn’t disappoint in Japan, wowingonlookers with her glamorous outfits. These included a striking silver grey dress with voluminous sleeves, a gold sequin-encrusted gown, a emerald green peplum dress, and a standout Fifties-style dress in burnt orange — the Dutch national color.

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