Willem-Alexander’s 40th Birthday

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-

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A lot has changed in the past 10 years, and I am going to use everyone’s then titles.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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