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Queen Maxima stuns in navy ensemble as she welcomes South Korea’s President and First Lady to The Netherlands

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Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander welcomed South Korea‘s President and First Lady to the Netherlands on Tuesday.

The Dutch royal, 51, wowed in a chic royal blue coat as she stepped out for the welcoming ceremony of Yoon Suk Yeol and his wife Kim Keon Hee on Dam Square in Amsterdam.

The ceremony marked the first day of the five-day state visit of the Republic of Korea to the Netherlands.

Maxima wrapped up warm as she added a navy scarf and matching fascinator to her sophisticated ensemble. 

She added height to her frame in stilettos and accessorised with leather gloves and a velvet clutch bag. 

Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander welcomed South Korea ‘s President and First Lady to the Netherlands on Tuesday

Mrs Kim looked equally as stylish in a long green coat which she paired with a navy scarf and tights. 

King Willem-Alexander and Mr Yoon watched the guard of honor, and the Royal Netherlands Navy’s marine band played the two countries’ anthems. 

The presidential couple are scheduled to lay a wreath at a national monument in Dam Square dedicated to World War II victims.

Later the Dutch royals will hold a private luncheon with their guests and they will attend a state dinner at the Royal Palace this evening. 

On Monday, the Korean presidential jet arrived in the Netherlands and the couple received a red carpet welcome at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, greeted by a Dutch honor guard. 

Yoon’s trip comes upon the invitation of King Willem-Alexander, making this the first state visit to the Netherlands by a Korean president since the two countries established diplomatic ties in 1961. 

Yoon’s visit comes after King Charles and Queen Camilla  welcomed them to Britain last month.

The royals staged a glittering state banquet in their honour at Buckingham Palace for their first state visit since the King’s coronation and the second of his reign.

The Dutch royal, 51, wowed in a chic royal blue coat as she stepped out for the welcoming ceremony of Yoon Suk Yeol and his wife Kim Keon Hee (left) on Dam Square in Amsterdam

The Dutch royal, 51, wowed in a chic royal blue coat as she stepped out for the welcoming ceremony of Yoon Suk Yeol and his wife Kim Keon Hee (left) on Dam Square in Amsterdam

Maxima wrapped up warm as she added a navy scarf and matching fascinator to her sophisticated ensemble

Maxima wrapped up warm as she added a navy scarf and matching fascinator to her sophisticated ensemble

Mrs Kim looked equally as stylish in a long green coat which she paired with a navy scarf and tights

Mrs Kim looked equally as stylish in a long green coat which she paired with a navy scarf and tights

King Willem-Alexander (right) and Mr Yoon (left) watched the guard of honor, and the Royal Netherlands Navy's marine band played the two countries' anthems

King Willem-Alexander (right) and Mr Yoon (left) watched the guard of honor, and the Royal Netherlands Navy’s marine band played the two countries’ anthems

The opulent ceremony marked the first day of the five-day state visit of the Republic of Korea to the Netherlands

The opulent ceremony marked the first day of the five-day state visit of the Republic of Korea to the Netherlands 

Prince William and Kate Middleton also played a key role by greeting the President and the First Lady at their London hotel.

The Prince and Princess of Wales travelled with Mr Yoon and Mrs Kim to a Horse Guards Parade ceremonial welcome, where the King and Queen were waiting.

Following the event, they travelled to Buckingham Palace to view a special exhibition of items from the Royal Collection relating to South Korea in the Picture Gallery.

Charles and Camilla took their place standing on the royal pavilion around midday and briefly greeted Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Foreign Secretary Lord David Cameron, Home Secretary James Cleverly and the Defence Chiefs of Staff.

Queen Camilla and King Charles pose with the President of South Korea, Yoon Suk Yeol, and his wife, Kim Keon Hee, during a formal farewell at Buckingham Palace last month

Queen Camilla and King Charles pose with the President of South Korea, Yoon Suk Yeol, and his wife, Kim Keon Hee, during a formal farewell at Buckingham Palace last month

A guard of honour, formed by F Company Scots Guards, gave a royal salute amid traditional pomp and pageantry – and the King and Mr Yoon inspected the troops.

Members of the Scots Guards were recently deployed to South Korea where they were training troops. Mr Yoon walked past the two ranks of Guardsman casting his eye over the servicemen before returning to the royal pavilion with the King.

Weeks of preparation had gone into the official ceremonial welcome on Horse Guards Parade with more than 1,000 soldiers and 230 horses gathered for the occasion. In all seven military bands and nine military units were involved.

Lines of Foot Guards from F Company Scots Guards and the dazzling Sovereign’s Escort of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals stood to attention.

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