Maxima welcomed Cape Verde’s President Fonseca and his wife in Amsterdam
Dutch royal wore red asymmetric Claes Iversen dress for banquet with Willem
The mum-of-three, 47, accessorised with diamond earrings, a tiara and a brooch
Queen Maxima put on a head-turning display in a sumptuous red dress at a lavish state banquet thrown in honour of Cape Verde’s President and First Lady on Monday evening.
The Dutch royal, 47, and her husband King Willem-Alexander, are currently hosting Jorge Carlos Fonseca and his wife Ligia Fonseca on a state visit to the Netherlands, and toasted their VIP guests at the Royal Palace of Amsterdam last night.
Cape Verde’s First Lady chose a white ballgown to attend the welcome dinner in the Dutch capital.
President Fonseca is currently making a two-day state visit to the Netherlands upon the invitation of King Willem-Alexander.
Maxima wore a satin gown by the Dutch designer Claes Iversen, which featured an asymmetric neckline and was embellished with delicate studs.
The mother-of-three accessorised her floor-length gown with a sizable diamond brooch, which she teamed with matching drop earrings and a bracelet.
Completing her dazzling ensemble, the royal opted for an impressive diamond tiara- a more modest version than the Stuart tiara she wore to a Buckingham Palace banquet in October, and wore a royal order on her belt.
Claes Iversen is a favourite designer of Queen Maxima’s, who was pictured wearing a ballgown by the brand during her recent state visit to the UK.
Meanwhile Ligia Fonseca put on a chic display in a white floor-length ballgown, teamed with an official yellow sash.
Wearing her hair in an up-do, the First Lady joined Jorge Carlos and King Willem, who looked dapper in crisp white shirts and tailored suits.
The royal group were pictured enjoying the banquet before Jorge Carlos gave a speech and the two couples raised their glasses in a toast.
The banquet concluded the Cape Verde president and his wife’s first day of their two day state tour.
Earlier in the day Maxima stunned in a chic blue outfit as she joined husband King Willem-Alexander in officially welcoming Jorge Carlos Fonseca and his wife Ligia Fonseca on Dam Square in Amsterdam.
Typical of her signature statement style, the Dutch royal wore a coordinated coat and hat, complete with a contrasting bright green round-neck top – and not forgetting those impressive skyscraper heels.
She had her blonde hair neatly swept back behind her ears and to add that extra bit of dazzle, Maxima accessorised with emerald green diamond earrings which dangled just above her shoulders.
Following the inspection of the guard of honour, a reception took place in the Royal Palace in Amsterdam for the Dutch and Cabo Verdean officials.
After the wreath-laying ceremony at the National Monument on Dam Square, President Fonseca and his wife visited the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
On Monday afternoon the President visited the University of Amsterdam, where he gave a lecture for international and Dutch students on economic development in Cabo Verde.
President Fonseca and the King then attended a Blue Economy meeting at the National Maritime Museum, where the Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Sigrid Kaag gave a speech.
This event allowed Dutch and Cabo Verdean knowledge institutes and businesses to exchange ideas on maritime development, wind energy and sustainable tourism.
The visit follows a week of celebrations for Maxima, who recently released a new portrait of her eldest daughter, Princess Catharina-Amalia, to mark her 15th birthday.
Catharina-Amalia, who is the future Queen of the Netherlands, looked chic in a purple shift dress featuring a high neck as she posed for the photograph against a marble backdrop and wore her long blonde hair loose.
After the picture was shared on Instagram by the Dutch Royal Palace, fans were quick to post their birthday wishes to the princess, whose official title is Princess of Orange.
Prior to this, Queen Maxima opened the Charity Lotteries new office in Amsterdam. There, she added a touch of sparkle in a quirky gold and blue skirt and coordinating hat.
The Dutch royals also visited the Queen on their first state visit to the UK back in October, where they visited the grave of the only Dutch King of England. They were given a grand ceremonial welcome and were treated to a state banquet at Buckingham Palace. It was the first UK state visit by Dutch monarchy for almost forty years.
Source: DAILYMAL MAILONLINE