Regal in ruby! Queen Máxima of the Netherlands stuns in a velvet gown with lace detailing at a state banquet in Amsterdam for the South Korean president and first lady

  • The Dutch King and Queen hosted the South Korean president and first lady
  • READ MORE: King Willem-Alexander says his daughters ‘read everything’ written about them on social media 

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands stunned in a ruby ballgown with lace and velvet panelling as she joined King Willem-Alexander at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam this evening to welcome some very special guests to the nation.

The Dutch King and Queen held a state banquet for South Korean president Yoon Suk Yeol and his wife Kim Keon Hee, who are currently on a state visit to the Netherlands – just a month after they were hosted in the UK by King Charles and Queen Camilla.

Attending the state banquet this evening, Queen Máxima was radiant in a long sleeved, floor-length gown with a full skirt and lace inserts.

The super stylish royal wore her thick blonde locks in a sleek bun and accessorised with a dazzling tiara.

Meanwhile the South Korean first lady oozed glamour in a chic black gown with statement sleeves.

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands looked radiant in a burgundy gown with lace inserts as she attended a state banquet in Amsterdam this evening

The state banquet comes after King Willem Alexander and Queen Máxima celebrated another special occasion closer to home last week – as their eldest daughter, Crown Princess Amalia, celebrated her 20th birthday.

This weekend, the Princess of Orange posted a heartfelt message of thanks to fans on social media for wishing her many happy returns. 

She thanked the well-wishers in a statement posted on the Dutch royal household’s Instagram account, accompanied by a black-and-white photo of her.

The Princess, who has two younger sisters Alexia and Ariane, celebrated her 20th birthday on Thursday.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima hosted the event to welcome the South Korean president and first lady to their country

The Dutch Queen, who hails from Argentina, looked radiant in the gown, which she paired with dazzling earrings and a tiara

King Willem-Alexander addressed guests at the banquet with a speech 

Proost! Queen Máxima shared a toast with the president of South Korea, Yoon Suk Yeol

The state banquet in Amsterdam follows the South Korean president and first lady’s trip to the UK 

Máxima’s floor-length, full-skirted gown featured lace panelling over velvet material

Crown Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands has thanked royal fans for their well wishes on her 20th birthday

In the message of thanks, the future Dutch queen said: ‘Many thanks for all the congratulations I received on the occasion of my 20th birthday. All the heartwarming messages made my day even more special.’ 

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima have raised their eldest daughter in private to the best of their abilities when she was growing up, despite the fact she was the heir to the throne.

However, as she reaches adulthood and her role is set to change, she has been stepping into the limelight a little more.

Earlier this year, the Dutch monarch appeared on a podcast where he revealed he does not shield his three daughters from the ‘reality’ of their lives in the public eye.

In an interview on the Through the eyes of the King podcast, reported by the NL Times, he said: ‘They are not blind and deaf, they see everything on social media, they read everything, they hear everything. We don’t cut them off from anything. And they talk about it.’

The heir to the Danish throne, who is the eldest of three daughters, celebrated her 20th birthday on Thursday

‘It affects them,’ he added, saying that he has also had to learn to deal with negative comments on social media during his time in the public eye.

The monarch explained that he encourages his daughters not to see social media criticism as a personal attack, saying that for children growing up, it was ‘very annoying’ to see the criticism posted online.

‘Kids don’t have a filter in that regard, but it’s reality, and they have to learn to deal with that.’

He said it is important to teach his children not to take things personally as, for the most part, he believes online trolling is not personal.

Elsewhere, Willem-Alexander told the podcast that he hopes his eldest daughter can enjoy spending time on herself and with her family before she becomes a monarch in the ‘distant future’.

He said he wished the heir apparent a long time to prepare for the role so she can start a family or do whatever she pleases.

Then he revealed he will sit down with his daughter to decide together when she will ascend the throne, but added it was a decision to be made ‘between Amalia and me’.

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