Princess Amalia in sequined dress for her first gala dinner in honor of the Council of State

Princess Amalia in sequined dress for her first gala dinner in honor of the Council of State

Princess Amalia in sequined dress for her first gala dinner in honor of the Council of State

The traditional biennial gala dinner of the Dutch Council of State took place on Wednesday 14 September 2022. For the first time, Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange attended the event, together with her parents, King William. Alexander and Queen Maxima.

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The biennial gala dinner in honor of the Council of State

Reaching the majority on 8 December 2021, Princess Catharina-Amalia, known simply as Amalia, was granted the right to sit on the highest advisory body in the Netherlands. The day after her 18th birthday, the Princess of Orange was first introduced to the State Council. Her father, King William Alexander, is the president of the Council of State but only sits on rare occasions because it is a ceremonial function. The vice president represents him and replaces him in day-to-day management.

Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange, and her parents are the guests of this gala dinner (Photo: Ramonvanflymen / Albert Ph Vd Werf / DPA / ABACPRESS)

King William Alexander has the right to appoint the vice president who represents him and the ten members who make up the council. Queen Máxima has been a member of the Council of State since 2004, two years after her marriage, only in an advisory capacity. They do not have the right to vote and do not sit in the Division of administrative competence.

Dutch rulers have a tradition of organizing a gala dinner for the members of the State Council every two years. This year, Princess Amalia joined her parents on the invitation card. This is her first participation in the gala, but also her first time as a guest of a major official event. The gala took place at the Noordeinde Palace in The Hague, the king’s workplace. The gala is usually biennial, but had not been organized for three years, due to the health emergency.

The gala dinner in honor of the Council of State took place at the Noordeinde Palace on 14 September 2022 (Photo: Ramonvanflymen / Albert Ph Vd Werf / DPA / ABACPRESS)

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The Princess of Orange will officially host her first gala

For her first appearance at the gala, Princess Amalia chose a beautiful shimmering sequin dress. The dress is signed by Mac Duggal. This is the first time we see the heir to the throne in this dress. Queen Máxima wore a Claes Iversen dress, as identified by the Royal Fashion Police.

Since she came of age as Princess of Orange, each new event is a first for the heir to the throne. Last June she wore a tiara for the first time while she attended her first international gala dinner in Norway. Returning to university for the first time a week ago, Princess Amalia makes her first official trip out of the mainland of the Netherlands which is already scheduled for early 2023, when she will visit the Caribbean territories of her kingdom.

King William Alexander gave a speech at the Council of State gala (Photo: Ramonvanflymen / Albert Ph Vd Werf / DPA / ABACPRESS)

King William Alexander took the floor and gave the welcome speech. “We were your guests at Kneuterdijk for nine months and I was allowed to introduce my daughter to the Council. A memorable day and a wonderful meeting “recalled the sovereign in his speech.

“Faced with the complexity of the requests for advice and the incoming practices, we cannot help but have respect for the people who dedicate themselves to them with such professionalism and a sense of responsibility. I think we are all very aware of the stakes: trust in government and institutions is under pressure. It is important to strengthen this trust. That citizens feel heard and understood. And that governments can continue to carry out their work in the service of the general interest and the rule of law “stressed the Head of State. “The Council of State plays an indispensable role in all this”.

In the Netherlands, the Council of State was established by Charles V in 1531 and still exists in some form in the country. However, its function has evolved over time. Today the Council of State is an important advisory body for the government but also the highest judicial body that can rule on a dispute between citizens and the government. There are therefore two branches of the Council: the Advisory Division and the Administrative Competence Division.

Nicola Fontaine

Chief Editor

Nicolas Fontaine has been a freelance web editor since 2014. After being a copywriter and author for numerous Belgian and French brands and media, he specialized in copyright news. Nicolas is now managing editor of Histoires Royales.

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