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Queen Maxima shines as queen consort to newly inaugurated King Willem-Alexander

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History buffs around the world salivate at the opportunity to view history in the making via live Internet feeds, and they were not disappointed on Tuesday, April 30, when Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicated the throne to her son, Prince Willem-Alexander.

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King Willem's wife, Maxima, became queen consort that day as well. If anyone is fit to be queen, surely it's the vibrant, beautifully regal Maxima, who looked quite at home wearing the royal jewels and participating in the solemn ceremonies. The Mellerio Sapphire Tiara she wore at the inauguration was the perfect accessory to her stunning royal blue Jan Taminiau crepe and chiffon gown. Its cape flowed gently over her shoulders to the floor and trailed softly behind her as an echo of her husband's regal mantle. (Queen consorts do not receive the royal robe.)

The beautiful gowns of the guests, the perfect little blue dresses of the princesses, the breathtaking setting of the event was a visual feast--almost Disney-esque. Maxima's beauty and choice of wardrobe throughout the day stole the spotlight and the day was a study in royal perfection.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima have three daughters, who were perfectly poised yet relaxed. If there's one message this royal family projects it's happiness. The smiles appear genuine and unspoiled. In keeping with their modern, laid-back personalities, the king and queen have announced they will not be addressed as "your majesty," perhaps another insight into the genuine warmth this family exudes.

The oldest daughter, Princess Catharina-Amalia, became the first Princess of Orange in her own right since Marie, Princess of Orange (1393–1417). She will become queen after her father's reign.

Until then, her mother, the new Queen Maxima, is sure to remain a study in beauty and elegance. Unlike other more stodgy queens, she has a gift for taking fashion to the edge and pulling it back just enough to keep it royal.

It is hard to think of a more beautiful, fascinating queen these days.

Who do you think is the most beautiful or fascinating queen on earth? Weigh in.

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