On the evening of April 29, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands hosted a gala dinner inside the Eregalerij at the newly restored the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Tonight’s dinner is being held on the occasion of the abdication of Her Majesty and the enthronement of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.
Guests in attendance included Their Royal Highnesses Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, Her Royal Highness Princess Irene, Her Royal Highness Princess Christina and Her Royal Highness Princess Mabel, Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven.
Foreign royal guests included Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias, Their Serene Highnesses Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II o Monaco, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Bilah and Princess Sarah of Brunei, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, His Highness Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa of Bahrain, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Her Royal Highness Lalla Salma of Morocco, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Hassan bin Tala and Princess Sarvath of Jordan, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sindrindhorn of Thailand, Their Royal Highnesses Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden, and His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan (sadly Her Imperial Highness Crown Princess Masako did not attend).
Of course government officials attended this evening’s grand event including Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the President of the European Council, Mr. H. Van Rompuy and his wife, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Kofi Annan and his wife, and the President of the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Jaques Rogge and his wife, to name a few.
Video of the Dutch Royal Family Arriving at the Rijksmuseum.
Video of Guests Arriving for the Gala Dinner at the Rijksmuseum.
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