Happy Birthday to King Willem-Alexander, who turns 50 today. Though the King and Royal family will spend today in Tilburg, they will host a dinner in honour of the King’s 50th birthday at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, for 150 guests that have the same birthday as the King, on the 28th. Take a look below at scenes from the then Prince of Orange’s 40th Birthday Celebration in September 2007, a few months later because the couple had their third daughter in April, at Het Loo Palace which had many foreign Royal guests in attendence-
A lot has changed in the past 10 years, and I am going to use everyone’s then titles.
Then Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Crown Princess Maxima arrived at Het Loo Palace in a carriage with their three daughters.
Crown Prince Willem-Alexander wore Black Tie. Crown Princess Maxima wore a pink tiered gown with her Tutti-Fruiti Necklace and garnet tassel earrings. Queen Beatrix wore sequined, ruffled red gown with a diamond rivière and ruby and diamond earrings.
Crown Princess Maxima’s parents, Jorge Zorreguieta (in Black Tie) and María del Carmen Cerruti Carricart (in a yellow gown with a grey shawl), were also in attendance.
Princess Laurentian wore a floral ruffled gown. Princess Mabel wore a teal gown with aquamarine earrings. Prince Constantijn and Prince Friso (now deceased) wore Black Tie.
Willem-Alexander’s aunt, Princess Margriet and Pieter van Vollenhoven attended with their four sons and their wives.
Crown Prince Haakon (in Black Tie) and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway (in a baby pink gown) attended with (the then unmarried) Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, wearing a brown gown. Then Crown Prince Philippe wore Black Tie. Then Crown Princess Mathilde of Belgium wore an orange gown with diamond necklace, earrings, and brooch.
Then Crown Prince Felipe wore Black Tie. Then Crown Princess Letizia of Spain wore a white gown with statement earrings. Princess Cristina (in a red gown) attended with her husband Inaki Urdangarin(in Black Tie).
The Earl(in Black Tie) and Countess of Wessex (in
the ugliest dress I have ever seen a patterned gown) represented the British Royal Family at the event.
Prince El Hassan Bin Talal (in Black Tie) and Princess Sarvath (in a lovely sari with gold necklace and earrings) of Jordan were also present.
Prince Kardam (now deceased) attended with his wife, Princess Miriam of Bulgaria (in a black gown). His brother, Prince Kyril attended with his wife Princess Rosario Of Bulgaria (in a tiered cream gown)