Queen Máxima and King Willem-Alexander greet crowds on public engagement

Queen Máxima and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands took time to meet with young fans and well-wishers during a public engagement on Tuesday. The royal couple were seen greeting the crowds who had gathered outside the Veenkoloniaal Museum ahead of their visit.

Queen Máxima appeared thrilled to be presented with a bunch of flowers by a young boy, while her husband Willem-Alexander chatted and smiled for a photo with a girl waiting outside the museum.


The Dutch royals greeted the crowds on their public engagement

On such a grey day all eyes were on the stylish Queen, who was dressed in a vibrant orange colour block dress. The Dutch royal teamed the dress with a co-ordinating bag, heels and a grey felt hat. It is the second time Máxima has worn the dress by Natan, a Belgian label she is known to favour.

The royal couple were joined by Veendam mayor Sipke Swierstra for their visit to the town, and were shown around the exhibits which tell the story of the nearby Gronigen peat district.

Queen Maxima was given flowers by a young boy

The city's peat moors are over 5000 years old and helped to fuel trade between the Netherlands and its neighbours. The peat also helped to preserve the thousands of artefacts dropped into it, including the remains of a wagon wheel dating back to 2500 BC.

Queen Máxima and King Willem-Alexander appeared to enjoy learning about the region's history, and asked questions to the curators throughout their tour.

King Willem-Alexander had a photo with a young girl outside the museum

The Dutch royals were then shown into a nearby cultural centre where they met local farmers and museum volunteers.

It was the Queen's second engagement in a week – she met with students in Rotterdam on Friday as part of her work as patroness of the Oranje Fonds.

The couple also joined European royals to pay their respects at the 70th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation at the end of January.

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