Members of the royal family of the Netherlands put on their tuxes and gowns for the opening night of the Holland Dance Festival. The biennial festival is held in The Hague and features performances, workshops and a dance parade. This year, the 12th edition, coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Nederlands Dans Theater.  It runs from October 28 through November 15.

The lovely ladies of the Dutch monarchy chose different colors for their gowns. Queen Beatrix was in a navy blue fishtail gown. Princess Maxima picked a lovely grey halter, with matching wrap.


Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima walk down the carpet together. Princess Maxima’s gown really suits her, and I love the simple touch of that choker and the earrings.



Princess Laurentien was in a sea-green spaghetti strap with soft layers. Lovely color on her:


The men, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Prince Constantijn, looked sharp in their tuxedos. I wonder what Prince WA is taking photos of.


Then, lastly, the royals with the performers that night. Looks like everyone had a blast! Click the photos for a bigger version.


images: Bauer-Griffin