Anton Corbijn has made new official portraits of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima. The photos were taken last September in the Gallery Hall of Noordeinde Palace.
The Government Information Service (RVD) releases the photos in honor of Willem-Alexander’s 10-year reign. In the photo he is wearing, among other things, the Knight Grand Cross in the Military Order of William. As king, he is automatically the head of the oldest and most important knighthood in the Netherlands.
This series is the first in which Willem-Alexander can be seen with the beard he grew in 2019. It is the king’s third official photo series: the first was taken just before and after the inauguration in 2013 by Koos Breukelfive years later Erwin Olaf the royal family in the Palace on Dam Square.
In addition to the three photo series, three official state portraits were also presented in 2014, made by the artists Iris van Dongen, Rineke Dijkstra and Femmy Otten. All official portraits are solemn works, intended to represent the authority of the king, for example in ministries, in courtrooms or in municipalities. “This is not an obligation,” the RVD writes, “but is seen as good practice.”
In addition to the official photos, the RVD also published a slightly looser photo of the royal couple in black and white. It is especially in this last photo that the style of Corbijn is visible, who made a name for himself from the 1970s with casual portraits of artists such as Herman Brood, Igggy Pop and U2.
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