In a simple, champagne-coloured silk dress, with a high neck, lace veil and five metre train, and drenched in diamonds, Maxima looked every inch the Princess of Orange that she was about to become.

Following the ceremony, Willem-Alexander and Maxima left the Beurs van Berlage arm in arm: their first action as man and wife was to call Maxima’s parents, who were watching the ceremony in London.

The kiss seemed to be eternal, as Willem-Alexander and his wife, the newly-styled Princess Maxima, stepped onto the balcony of the royal palace that was garlanded with white blooms for the occasion, to wave to their people.

The thousands of people gathered demanded that their future monarch show his love for the woman who, in just 11 months, had won their affection.