Matching monarchs! Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wows in royal blue dress alongside husband King Willem-Alexander as they present the Appeltjes van Oranje awards

  • Queen Maxima of Netherlands, 50,  presented the Appeltjes van Oranje awards
  • The annual awards recognise three outstanding or innovative projects
  • She wowed in a royal blue dress as she stepped out with King Willem-Alexander

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wowed in a royal blue dress as she stepped out with her husband King Willem-Alexander on Thursday.

The royal, 50, presented the Appeltjes van Oranje awards at Noordeinde Palace with her husband, 55.

The annual awards recognise three outstanding or innovative projects that have succeeded in bringing different groups of people together.

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wowed in a royal blue dress as she stepped out with her husband King Willem-Alexander on Thursday to present the Appeltjes van Oranje awards at Noordeinde Palace

For the occasion, the Queen looked elegant in a midi dress which donned a white floral pattern. 

She completed the ensemble with white stilettos and a matching white clutch bag. 

Her blonde locks were styled in glamorous curls while her makeup enhanced her pretty features. 

Meanwhile, King Willem-Alexander looked dapper in a blue suit and a crisp white shirt, which he paired with an orange tie. 

Stunning: For the occasion, the Queen looked elegant in a midi dress which donned a white floral pattern

The Queen completed the elegant ensemble with white stilettos and a matching white clutch bag

The Orange Fund was founded in 2002 as the National Wedding Gift from the people of the Netherlands to the royal couple on their wedding day. 

As its patrons, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima are closely involved with the Fund.

The fund supports projects relating to social cohesion and participation, such as small-scale community initiatives, mentoring projects for young people and meeting places. 

Her blonde locks were styled in glamorous curls while her makeup enhanced her pretty features

Meanwhile, King Willem-Alexander looked dapper in a blue suit and a crisp white shirt, which he paired with an orange tie

 King Willem-Alexander shook hands with one of this years winners on stage and presented him with an award

 It comes after the Queen visited a medical facility for chronically ill children in Amsterdam yesterday.

She travelled to the capital to open Jeroen Pit House, which will welcomes children who need round the clock care.

The state of the art building also includes a sensory room and a home cinema to provide escapism to the patients staying there and their families.  

The royal couple posed with this years winners at the annual awards which recognise three outstanding or innovative projects that have succeeded in bringing different groups of people together

Jeroen Pit House in Amsterdam has been two years in the making, with some aspects of its construction delayed by the covid-19 pandemic.

The house was meant to open in February, but eventually opened its doors this week, with Maxima doing the honours.

Built around a communal kitchen and living-space the aim of the house is to make the transition from hospital to home easier for the children and their families.

On top of providing accommodation, the house’s staff will also educate parents on how to tackle life at home with chronically ill children.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, who are closely involved with the Fund, beamed from the audience before the awards began

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