Royals don their finest for inauguration of Dutch king

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King Willem-Alexander and his wife Queen Maxima, accompanied by their daughters and guests, pose at the royal palace in Amsterdam following the crowning ceremonies on April 30.

The first Dutch king in 123 years was inaugurated on April 30, and the royal community showed up in style to honor their new monarch, King Willem-Alexander.

After Queen Beatrix’s formal abdication on Tuesday, which was followed by an official announcement to cheering crowds from the palace balcony, King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and a bevy of royal guests attended a coronation ceremony in Amsterdam’s Nieuwe Kerk church. The newly-appointed queen wore a royal blue ensemble with a diamond-encrusted tiara — and the couple’s daughters dressed to match.

While Queen Maxima made not one — but two — wardrobe changes for the ceremonies, the guests were no slouches either: They arrived in a colorful parade of hats, gowns and sashes. Check out more of their inauguration day looks below:

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Royal guests to attend the inauguration at Nieuwe Kerk church in Amsterdam on April 30.


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Royal blue: King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands leave the inauguration ceremony.


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Prince Alois (right) and Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein arrive for the ceremony.


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Dutch Prince Bernhard and Princess Annette arrive in black and white at Nieuwe Kerk church.


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Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the ceremony. Camilla wears a powder-blue dress with her diamond-encrusted Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II.


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Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands and his wife Princess Laurentien leave the church.


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Princess Letizia of Spain and Prince Felipe of Spain depart the Nieuwe Kerk to return to the royal palace.


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Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark arrive for the ceremony.


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Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco leaves the church after the inauguration. She paired her dress with gold platform heels.


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Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako of Japan wave after the ceremony.


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Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel arrive arm in arm.



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