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Mon 23rd April, 2018

European Royals celebrate Willem-Alexander’s 50th birthday at The Hague

Yesterday evening, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands celebrated his 50th birthday with a dinner at The Hague, with Royalty from across Europe in attendance.

The party took place in the Royal Stables, with some guests – including Prince Constantijn of The Netherlands, Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg (both pictured below) and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden – arriving at Palace Noordeinde in a coach looking casual.

It appears they had a few hours before the celebration to socialise and then prepare for the evening.

King Felipe and Letizia of Spain were photographed leaving their hotel later that evening, but the other guests were kept firmly away from the press with gate covers at the Palace.

The day before, the Dutch king hosted 150 others who share his birthday (27th April) for dinner and also opened a new exhibition at the Royal Palace.

The exhibition was open for 50 hours, giving an overview of the Netherlands in the last 50 years. This includes the wedding of The King and Queen in 2002, and the death of his brother, Friso, following a skiing accident in 2013.

Willem-Alexander and Maxima posed with the group and a large golden ’50’.

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