Queen Máxima dazzles during first official visit to Canada

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Queen Máxima began her tour of Canada in style on Wednesday. The Dutch royal touched down in Ottawa with her husband King Willem-Alexander, showing off a stylish white, navy and magenta number, which she wore under a lace dress that matched her glamorous oversized hat.

It was straight to work for the couple, who greeted well-wishers gathered to welcome them, before laying a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier and planting a tree together in grounds of Rideau Hall.

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Máxima arrived in Ottawa in style on Wednesday



Also on the agenda for the first day of their three-day visit was a trip to Parliament Hill and the National War Museum – where Máxima met 92-year-old Elsa Lessard, a veteran who worked decoding messages during World War II.

"When I met her, she got my hand and she didn't let go," Elsa told the Ottawa Citizen. "She was just down to earth."

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92-year-old Elsa Lessard was particularly taken with the Dutch royal



The evening saw Máxima change into a fringed fuchsia dress for a state banquet with Governor General David Johnston and his wife Sharon. The Argentina-born Queen, who recently celebrated her 44th birthday, turned heads in a dazzling tiara featuring jewels that matched her vibrant gown, as well as a pair of glittering earrings and a matching brooch.

Mum-of-three Máxima wore her blonde locks swirled into a chic low bun.

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Queen Máxima wowed in a vibrant pink gown



King Willem-Alexander, who had earlier echoed his wife's outfit in a navy suit, stepped out in a smart black tuxedo.

The visit is Máxima and Williem-Alexander's first official tour of Canada. After leaving Ottawa, the couple will head to Toronto and then on to the United States.