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Royals don their finest for inauguration of Dutch king

May 1, 2013 at 4:19 PM ET

King Willem-Alexander his wife Queen Maxima accompanied by their daughters Crown Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Ariane, Princess Alexia and guest...
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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:

Crown Princess Catharina-Amalia (C) Princess Alexia (L) and Princess Ariane with guests arrive to attend the inauguration at Nieuwe Kerk church in Ams...
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Royal guests to attend the inauguration at Nieuwe Kerk church in Amsterdam on April 30.


AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - APRIL 30:  King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands (R) leave after the inauguration cere...
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Royal blue: King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands leave the inauguration ceremony.


Hereditary Prince Alois (R) and Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein arrive for a religious ceremony at Nieuwe Kerk church in Amsterdam April 3...
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Prince Alois (right) and Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein arrive for the ceremony.


Dutch Prince Bernhard and Princess Annette arrive at Nieuwe Kerk church before the religious crowning ceremony in Amsterdam April 30, 2013. Queen Beat...
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Dutch Prince Bernhard and Princess Annette arrive in black and white at Nieuwe Kerk church.


Britain's Prince Charles (L) and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive for a religious ceremony at Nieuwe Kerk church in Amsterdam April 30, 2013.  The ...
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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.


Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands and his wife Princess Laurentien leave the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) in Amsterdam on April 30, 2013 after attendi...
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Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands and his wife Princess Laurentien leave the church.


AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - APRIL 30:  Princess Letizia of Spain and Prince Felipe of Spain depart the Nieuwe Kerk to return to the Royal Palace after th...
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Princess Letizia of Spain and Prince Felipe of Spain depart the Nieuwe Kerk to return to the royal palace.


Crown Prince Frederik (R) and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark arrive for a religious ceremony at Nieuwe Kerk church in Amsterdam April 30, 2013.  The N...
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Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark arrive for the ceremony.


Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco leaves the Nieuwe Kerk church after the inauguration in Amsterdam April 30, 2013.  The Netherlands is celebrating Quee...
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Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco leaves the church after the inauguration. She paired her dress with gold platform heels.


AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - APRIL 30:  Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan depart the Nieuwe Kerk to return to the Royal Palace afte...
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Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako of Japan wave after the ceremony.


Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel leave the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) in Amsterdam on April 30, 2013 after attending the investiture o...
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Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel arrive arm in arm.



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