On Friday, the Dutch royal family gathered at Huis ten Bosch Palace for their annual summer photo session, and they brought along some royal jewelry perfect for summertime!
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima posed for a set of portraits together. The gardens at Huis ten Bosch are particularly meaningful for the couple. Twenty years ago, in 2001, Willem-Alexander proposed to Maxima during an ice skating date on the palace pond.
Maxima wore a very summery printed dress in shades of orange and white for the media session, while Willem-Alexander chose a casual red jacket.
Maxima wore a very summery pair of earrings as well: her pearl and citrine earrings, which feature a gemstone carved to look like a pineapple.
She also wore her engagement and wedding rings and stacked bracelets, including her diamond wedding bracelet, her citrine bracelet, and the geometric bracelet she’s been wearing frequently of late. This session gave us a slightly closer look at that bracelet, which looks like it might have the letter A involved in its design. (It’s a sentimental letter for Maxima, representing her husband’s nickname, “Alex,” as well as their three daughters.)
The Princess of Orange echoed her father’s outfit, also wearing a bright red jacket. She accessorized with gold earrings and a single strand of small pearls.
Here’s a better look at Amalia’s modern earrings.
And here, you’ll note that she also wears a slim ring on her right hand, plus a bracelet with an evil eye design.
Princess Alexia, always one of the more inventive and modern jewelry wearers of her generation so far, chose a pair of hoop earrings for the photo session.
Here’s another view of the hoops, which are adorned with small turquoise-colored beads.
She also brought along an arm party—a festive stack of casual bracelets, perfect for a teenager.
The youngest of the three girls, Princess Ariane, decided to go without jewelry for the shoot, letting her brightly-printed dress take center stage.
No jewels yet—which feels right for a girl of her age.
Here’s one more look at the family! I love these annual family photo sessions, and I wish more royal families would make them a regular part of their press appearances.