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Queen Maxima attends a state banquet in India with King Willem-Alexander

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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands oozed ethereal beauty as she arrived for a state banquet on the first official day of her five-day state visit to India today.

The royal, 48, who was joined by her husband King Willem-Alexander, 52, oozed style and radiance as she made her way towards Rashtrapati Bhavan Palace in New Delhi to mark her first night in the Indian capital. 

Maxima looked beautiful in a sari-style floral pink off-the shoulder dress that cinched in at her svelte waist as she made her way to the lavish dinner.    

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, 48, arrived for a state banquet on the first official day of her five-day state visit to India on Monday

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, 48, arrived for a state banquet on the first official day of her five-day state visit to India on Monday

The royal was joined by her husband King Willem-Alexander, 52, for the lavish ceremony in the Indian capital

The royal was joined by her husband King Willem-Alexander, 52, for the lavish ceremony in the Indian capital

The queen oozed sophistication in a floral pink off-the shoulder dress that featured a cape sleeve on one side

The queen oozed sophistication in a floral pink off-the shoulder dress that featured a cape sleeve on one side

The queen teamed her elegant dress with a stylish pink clutch bag by her side and a pair of dazzling silver gem earrings. 

Maxima further enhanced her look with a delicate silver tiara across her head and two silver bracelets on either side of her wrist. 

Sweeping her blonde locks back into a loose bun, the royal completed her look with a pink palette of make-up to accentuate her naturally stunning features.

Meanwhile the king looked dapper in a black tuxedo paired with a slick bow tie and cufflinks as he joined his wife for the glamorous event. 

The glamorous royal teamed her dress with a stylish pink clutch bag by her side and dazzling silver gem earrings

The glamorous royal teamed her dress with a stylish pink clutch bag by her side and dazzling silver gem earrings

Maxima, who will be touring India for five days, also donned a delicate silver tiara across her blonde locks

Maxima, who will be touring India for five days, also donned a delicate silver tiara across her blonde locks

Earlier during the day, the queen had displayed her sartorial prowess as she arrived to meet the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

The royal oozed charm and sophistication as she and her husband greeted the country’s leader at a welcome ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. 

Maxima sported a knee-length turquoise lace dress that cinched in at the waist as she made her way to the lavish ceremony in the capital.  

The monarch teamed her stylish garment with a matching netted wrap scarf around her shoulders that was held together by a jewelled brooch on one side. 

Earlier during the day, Queen Maxima arrived to the welcome ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi

Earlier during the day, Queen Maxima arrived to the welcome ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi

The royal appeared in high spirits as she met with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) on the first official day of her state visit in India

The royal appeared in high spirits as she met with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) on the first official day of her state visit in India

The mother-of-three daughters was also joined by her husband (left) who became king after his mother, Beatrix, abdicated in April 2013

The mother-of-three daughters was also joined by her husband (left) who became king after his mother, Beatrix, abdicated in April 2013

She accessorised her look with a pair of delicate silver dangling earrings, an assortment of bracelets on her wrist and a stunning bronze clutch bag by her side. 

Sweeping her blonde locks back into a loose bun, she completed her look with a matching turquoise hat on her head and a pair of gold heeled shoes.

During the ceremony, the Queen appeared in high spirits as she met with the prime minister and the Indian president Ram Nath Kovind before posing for a photo.

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The mother-of-three daughters, Catharina-Amalia, 14, Alexia, 12, and Ariane, 10, was also joined by her husband who became king after his mother, Beatrix, abdicated in April 2013. 

The King donned a white shirt underneath a black suit as he and his wife spoke with the Indian prime minister

The King donned a white shirt underneath a black suit as he and his wife spoke with the Indian prime minister 

The royal couple were also joined by the Indian president Ram Nath Kovind (third from left) and his wife Savita Kovind (right)

The royal couple were also joined by the Indian president Ram Nath Kovind (third from left) and his wife Savita Kovind (right)

The monarch donned a knee-length turquoise lace dress that cinched in at the waist as she joined the Indian Prime Minister for the ceremony

The monarch donned a knee-length turquoise lace dress that cinched in at the waist as she joined the Indian Prime Minister for the ceremony

The King kept his appearance smart and dapper in a white shirt and blue tie underneath a black suit as he joined his wife for the momentous occasion. 

The visit marks the King’s first Indian state visit since his ascension to the throne in 2013, and will see the royal couple spend their short stay meeting with Indian leaders in a bid to boost economic and political co-operation.

The couple, who landed in India yesterday evening, later joined the Indian leader to visit the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi in Raj Ghat.  

The historic open-air memorial, where the civil rights leader who led India to independence in 1947 was cremated after his assassination in 1948, is an iconic location for many Indians across the country.  

The royal couple appeared in high spirits as they posed for a photograph with the Indian leader

The royal couple appeared in high spirits as they posed for a photograph with the Indian leader

Following their initial meeting, the Queen Maxima, who accessorised her elegant dress with a brown clutch bag by her side and a pair of nude heels, walked with the Indian Prime Minister and her husband

Following their initial meeting, the Queen Maxima, who accessorised her elegant dress with a brown clutch bag by her side and a pair of nude heels, walked with the Indian Prime Minister and her husband

The royals later made their way to the site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated after his assassination in 1948

The royals later made their way to the site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated after his assassination in 1948

The queen threw flower petals at the historic open-air memorial which is an iconic location for many Indians across the nation

The queen threw flower petals at the historic open-air memorial which is an iconic location for many Indians across the nation

During their royal visit, the couple are expected to speak with the External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jasihankar and attend the inaugural session of the 25th Technology Summit in New Delhi. 

They will also visit the ‘Indo-Dutch interactions in the time of Rembrandt’ exhibition at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum in Mumbai.  

On Thursday, the royals are expected to arrive to the coastal state of Kerala which is known for its palm-lined beaches and exotic wildlife. 

The couple paid their respects to Mahatma Gandhi by offering flowers at his memorial site

The couple paid their respects to Mahatma Gandhi by offering flowers at his memorial site 

The royal couple also laid a reef decorated with white flowers at the memorial site for the iconic Indian social activist

The royal couple also laid a reef decorated with white flowers at the memorial site for the iconic Indian social activist

The couple later paid tribute to India's civil rights leader by posing with a statue of Mahatma Gandhi

The couple later paid tribute to India’s civil rights leader by posing with a statue of Mahatma Gandhi 

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Queen Maxima also posed with a scroll listing the several social sins- a list of character traits that are seen to harm society

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Queen Maxima also posed with a scroll listing the several social sins- a list of character traits that are seen to harm society

The couple will spend their short stay meeting with Indian leaders in a bid to boost economic and political co-operation

The couple will spend their short stay meeting with Indian leaders in a bid to boost economic and political co-operation

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