THE ROYAL PARADE :: The Royal 'IT' Girls at Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands' Farewell Dinner

Today, the people of the Netherlands said goodbye to their beloved Queen Beatrix who abdicated the Dutch throne in favour of her son, the newly crowned King Willem-Alexander and welcomed his regal consort and one of our favorite royal ladies, the flamboyant fashionista HRH Queen Maxima!
While the day was full of cultural pomp and pageantry, just the stuff royal watchers love, our eyes were on what the ladies wore last night to a dinner hosted by the outgoing Queen Beatrix, now known once again as Princess Beatrix, held at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam.
Tell us, whose gown hit the right royal note for you?
(Check back later today when we will give you a glimpse of the frocks worn by the royal ladies tonight at the Inauguration Ceremony)

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands
In Valentino
(with her husband King Willem-Alexander)

Crown Princess Mathilde of Belgium
(with her husband Crown Prince Phillipe)

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
In Giambattista Valli
(with her husband Crown Prince Haakon)

Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau, Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands and his wife Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands

Crown Princess Letizia of Spain, Princess of Asturias
(and her husband Crown Prince Felipe of Spain, Prince of Asturias)

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
In Birgit Hallstein
(with her husband Crown Prince Frederik)

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden
In Elie Saab
(with her husband Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland)

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  1. So many gorgeous gowns, but Princess Mary knocked it out of the park in my book!

  2. Lena,
    you must have been reading my mind! Princess Mary is my absolute favourite royal lady but she really looks stunning in that gown, she is simply divine!

  3. Great to see all these. I lived in the Netherlands for 9 years and have so many friends wearing orange and celebrating today. It will be crazy there - the Dutch know how to throw a good party!!

  4. Oooh! Such gorgeous dresses. I think Queen Letizia form Spain is too thin to wear black (just my thought). I voted for Mary of Denmark :-)

  5. Princess Mary looks stunning!!! Not crazy about the gowns with all the "layers"

  6. Anon (Hibiscus Bloem)
    I am sure the Dutch are more than enjoying themselves today. I hear they loved Queen Beatrix and are very fond of Maxima as well so I think it is safe to assume they have stepped up the festivities for them!

  7. Vanessa & Karen,
    I do believe Princess Mary is the clear winner, she never disappoints in the style department!