Happy Wedding Anniversary to King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, who got married on this day in 2002, when they were the Prince of Orange and Máxima Zorreguieta. The couple have three daughters, and succeeded to the Dutch throne in 2013. In honour of their anniversary, we are taking a look at their Wedding-
The civil marriage took place at the Beurs van Berlage, officiated by the Mayor of Amsterdam, followed by the religious ceremony in the Nieuwe Kerk on the Dam Square in Amsterdam, officiated by Minister Emeritus of the Kloosterkerk in The Hague. Queen Maxima’s parents couldn’t attend the wedding, due to her father’s role as a controversial cabinet minister during the Argentinian National Reorganization Process, and her mother choosing not to attend without her husband. In their honour, a beautiful Argentine Tango by Piazzolla was played.
After the religious ceremony, The Prince of Orange and the new Princess Máxima rode through Amsterdam in the Golden Carriage, before returning to the Royal Palace, where they appeared on the balcony and kissed several times to the thundering cheers of the crowd assembled on the Dam Square.
Royal Guests included Queen Margrethe II and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, King Constantine II and Queen Anne-Marie, Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal, and Prince Nikolaos of Greece, Queen Sofia, the Prince of Asturias, and Infanta Cristina of Spain, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Carl Philip, and Princess Madeleine of Sweden, King Harald V and Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, and Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, King Albert II and Queen Paola, the Duke and Duchess of Brabant, Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz, and Prince Laurent of Belgium, The Prince of Wales and the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Queen Noor, Prince Hassan bin Talal and Princess Sarvath el Hassan of Jordan, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, Grand Duke Jean and Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte of Luxembourg, Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan, Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein, Hereditary Prince Albert of Monaco, Prince Kardám and Princess Míriam of Bulgaria, Prince Karim Aga Khan IV and Begum Inaara Aga Khan
The Prince of Orange wore the Grand Uniform of the Dutch Royal Navy with the Order of the Netherlands Lion and the Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau. Princess Maxima wore a Valentino gown with the Pearl Button Tiara fastening her long veil of silk tulle.