Ainhoa BarcelonaThe Queen has welcomed King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima on their first state visit to the UK – see all the best photos and moments here
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands were treated to a grand ceremonial welcome as they arrived for their first UK state visit on Tuesday. The Dutch king and queen were met by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall at the Dutch ambassador's residence in the morning, after which the group travelled to Horse Guards Parade.
Willem-Alexander and Maxima, who have a good relationship with the British royal family, were then formally welcomed by the Queen. As is tradition in a ceremonial welcome, the Guard of Honour gave a Royal Salute and presentations were made. The Dutch national anthem was also played. Prince Charles and King Willem-Alexander inspected the Guard of Honour, after which the royals took part in a grand state carriage procession along The Mall to Buckingham Palace.
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Queen Maxima, 47, looked delighted to be back in London. The Argentinian-born royal, who is known for her ultra-chic wardrobe, showed off her sartorial prowess in a blush dress and matching hat.
King Willem-Alexander greeted his British counterpart with a kiss and sweetly took her hand.
Prime Minister Theresa May was also by the Queen's side to welcome the Dutch royals to the UK.
The Dutch king inspected the Guard of Honour, closely followed by Prince Charles.
Earlier that morning, the king and queen were greeted by Prince Charles and his wife Camilla (not pictured) at the Dutch ambassador's residence.
Prince Charles' wife Camilla looked resplendent in a navy coat, which featured a white embroidered trim detail.
Her Majesty and King Willem-Alexander shared a carriage to Buckingham Palace.
Queen Maxima, meanwhile, rode with the Duchess of Cornwall.
The 92-year-old monarch has carried out more than 100 state visits in her reign.
The group posed for an official photo before heading into the palace for lunch.
The group were able to catch up in private over lunch at Buckingham Palace, hosted by the Queen. The Dutch royals then viewed a special exhibition in the Picture Gallery, made up of items from the Royal Collection relating to the Netherlands.
The royals are staying at Buckingham Palace during their visit. This is their first state visit to the UK as king and queen. Willem-Alexander's parents Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus last made a trip in an official capacity in November 1982.
Willem-Alexander and Maxima, who attended Prince William and Kate's wedding in 2011, returned to the wedding venue – Westminster Abbey – after lunch. They laid a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior as prayers were said by the Dean. The couple were also given a short tour of the Abbey.