Queen Maxima of the Netherlands joins King Willem-Alexander to open Parliament

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands has once again proved her sartorial style by opting for an eye-catching floral gown, complete with an electric blue skirt and a bright red bodice.

However, while the royal’s ensemble brought all the usual glamour expected of the monarch’s wife when attending the opening of parliament with her husband King Willem-Alexander, the rest of the usual pomp and pageantry was nowhere to be found.

For the second straight year, the king’s ‘speech from the throne’ was held in a Hague church instead of the historic Knight’s Hall due to coronavirus restrictions and there was no horse-drawn carriage ride for the royal family through packed streets.

But the different circumstances didn’t put off Maxima, 50, who still gave her all in the style stakes; she commanded attention in a very vibrant gown, teamed with a matching red hat and gloves.

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands (pictured) has once again proved her sartorial style by opting for an eye-catching floral gown, complete with an electric blue skirt and a bright red bodice

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands (pictured) has once again proved her sartorial style by opting for an eye-catching floral gown, complete with an electric blue skirt and a bright red bodice

However, while the royal's ensemble brought all the usual glamour expected of the monarch's wife when attending the opening of parliament with her husband King Willem-Alexander (pictured together), the rest of the usual pomp and pageantry was nowhere to be found

However, while the royal’s ensemble brought all the usual glamour expected of the monarch’s wife when attending the opening of parliament with her husband King Willem-Alexander (pictured together), the rest of the usual pomp and pageantry was nowhere to be found

Adding even more glitz and glamour to her outfit, the-mother-of-three accessorised with a dazzling pair of drop earrings and a gold bracelet.

She wore a ceremonial sash and added an amber gemstone brooch, while keeping her hair down and curled to best accommodate her fashionable headpiece. 

The royal, who is fond of colour coordinating her spectacular outfits, teamed the flattering gown with red high heels and a matching clutch. 

Her husband King Willem-Alexander, 54, looked equally sophisticated in a tuxedo, teamed with a striped tie. 

The Netherlands currently still has Covid restrictions in place, with social distancing largely still required across industries, such as hospitality and indoor activities. 

For the second straight year, the king's 'speech from the throne' was held in a Hague church instead of the historic Knight's Hall due to coronavirus restrictions and there was no horse-drawn carriage ride for the royal family through packed streets

For the second straight year, the king’s ‘speech from the throne’ was held in a Hague church instead of the historic Knight’s Hall due to coronavirus restrictions and there was no horse-drawn carriage ride for the royal family through packed streets

But the different circumstances didn't put off Maxima (pictured), 50, who still gave her all in the style stakes; she commanded attention in a very vibrant gown, teamed with a matching red hat and gloves

But the different circumstances didn’t put off Maxima (pictured), 50, who still gave her all in the style stakes; she commanded attention in a very vibrant gown, teamed with a matching red hat and gloves

The Dutch king outlined a pared-back government plan for the coming year in his traditional speech opening the new parliamentary term that came amid drawn-out negotiations to form a new ruling coalition.

With the government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte in caretaker mode since a March general election and no simple path to a new administration, no major plans were unveiled in the king’s speech that is written by the government.

‘Major new long-term choices are for the next Cabinet,’ King Willem-Alexander told a joint sitting of both houses of parliament.

Even so, he said the government would invest an extra 7 billion euros for measures to help achieve its planned reduction in emissions including making homes and industry more sustainable and promoting use of electric cars.

Adding even more glitz and glamour to her outfit, the-mother-of-three (pictured with her husband) accessorised with a dazzling pair of drop earrings and a gold bracelet

Adding even more glitz and glamour to her outfit, the-mother-of-three (pictured with her husband) accessorised with a dazzling pair of drop earrings and a gold bracelet

She wore a ceremonial sash and added an amber gemstone brooch, while keeping her hair down and curled to best accommodate her fashionable headpiece

She wore a ceremonial sash and added an amber gemstone brooch, while keeping her hair down and curled to best accommodate her fashionable headpiece

Her husband King Willem-Alexander, 54, looked equally sophisticated in a tuxedo, teamed with a striped tie

Her husband King Willem-Alexander, 54, looked equally sophisticated in a tuxedo, teamed with a striped tie

He also pledged more funds to tackle housing shortages, for education and to bolster rule of law, warning that organized crime gangs are becoming increasingly violent.

Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra was presenting details of the budget to parliament later Tuesday.

On foreign policy, the king said that membership of the European Union, NATO and the United Nations remain ‘cornerstones of Dutch foreign policy,’ but he added that the country has choices to make about its relations with China, Russia and the United States.

‘Trans-Atlantic cooperation remains the foundation of Dutch security policy, but at the same time we will have to invest more in European security policy,’ he said. 

Maxima (pictured), who is fond of colour coordinating her spectacular outfits, teamed the flattering gown with red high heels and a matching clutch

Maxima (pictured), who is fond of colour coordinating her spectacular outfits, teamed the flattering gown with red high heels and a matching clutch

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