missed date at the beach

The Dutch royal family was to pose for photographers on a beach in The Hague. The weather conditions will have decided otherwise. It was finally at the Noordeinde Palace that King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima, and their three daughters, Amalia, Alexia and Ariane put on their best smiles in the face of a hundred targets aimed in their direction.

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The press and the royal family abandon the photoshoot on the beach

It’s been a tradition for many, many years that the Royal Family of the Netherlands organizes two official photo shoots every year: one during their ski vacation in Lech, Austria, and another before they leave on holiday. Because of the different school diaries of the three King’s daughters, which are increasingly difficult to synchronise, it was decided to organize the two sessions on random dates during the year, when the diaries of all the members of the family would allow. No question that one of the three daughters of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima is missing from the photos.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands with their three daughters during the 2022 summer photo shoot (Photo: RVD – Patrick van Emst)
Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange, Princess Ariane and Princess Alexia of the Netherlands (Photo: RVD – Patrick van Emst)

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Official photo session before summer vacation 2022

Princess Alexia, the royal couple’s second daughter, is studying at a boarding school in Wales. British school holidays do not always coincide with the Dutch school calendar. This June 24, a hundred Dutch journalists were preparing to take beautiful photos of the royal family on a beach in The Hague. A few hours before the appointment, a change of plan was necessary due to the weather.

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The royal couple in green for this summer photo shoot which was to take place on the beach (Photo: RVD – Patrick van Emst)

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It was finally at Noordeinde Palace, the king’s workplace, that the protagonists all met. For the past two years, the summer photos had been taken in the gardens of Huis ten Bosch Palace, the family’s residence. The two annual photo shoots are always a highlight for journalists. The Dutch royal family, always very scrupulous about having their privacy respected, organizes these two meetings in the hope of giving enough material to the press and thus avoiding the hounding of the paparazzi on the vacation spot. The Government Information Service takes care of who is given credentials. If a media has not respected the privacy of the family during the year, she sees her access to this photo session refused.

King Willem-Alexander and his heiress (Photo: RVD – Patrick van Emst)

King Willem-Alexander posed with his wife, Queen Máxima. Their three daughters then joined them to take beautiful family photos. Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange, celebrated her 18th birthday a few months ago. The heiress to the throne is finishing her sabbatical year and will begin her studies in political science at the University of Amsterdam in September. Princess Alexia, 17 in two days, is graduating from high school at UWC Atlanti College in Wales. Princess Ariane, 15, is still studying in the Netherlands.

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Princess Amalia wore a black dress with floral motifs by Diane de Furstenberg. Princess Alexia and Queen Máxima wore a green outfit. Alexia’s outfit is a set from Sandro, while Queen Máxima’s dress would come, according to this specialized site, from Altuzarra. Princess Ariane also wore a short white dress from Sandro.

Nicholas Fontaine

Chief Editor

Nicolas Fontaine has been a freelance web editor since 2014. After having been a copywriter and author for numerous Belgian and French brands and media, he specialized in royalty news. Nicolas is now editor-in-chief of Histoires royales. [email protected]


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